LOT selects Chicago to launch 1st 787 route

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LOT Polish Airlines today announced plans to launch service to Chicago within two months of receiving its first two Boeing 787-8s, and start an all-cargo flight to the same city weeks later.

The European launch customer for the 787 will phase out 767-300ERs currently serving the route between Chicago and Warsaw with seven weekly frequencies.

LOT also has revealed plans to deploy the 787 on routes to China as more aircraft in its fleet arrive.

The Star Alliance carrier originally planned to receive its first 787s in 2008 after ordering seven aircraft in 2005 and an eighth widebody in 2007. But Boeing production delays postponed first delivery initially to April 2012, then finally November.

LOT is now expecting to receive five 787-8s from Boeing by February 2013. Two more would arrive a year later, and the last aircraft should enter service by mid-2015.

Meanwhile, LOT will lease a Cargo Jet Boeing 767-200 to move cargo between Chicago and Katowice, Poland in mid-February 2013, says CEO Marcin Pirog.