We are one of the 12 longest existing airlines in the world. We set out on the first cruise with passengers in 1929 to successfully implement the mission of a global air carrier today.
We offer you comfortable and safe journeys on board one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. Thanks to our extensive network of flights, we reach the farthest corners of the world, connecting Warsaw with airports in Europe, North America and Asia.
History of LOT
Discover the history of LOT Polish Airlines and see how we have spread our wings over the past nine decades! Today, we proudly connect Poland and Central and Eastern Europe with the world – flying to over 100 destinations on 4 continents.
The sign of the crane in flight has been around since 1929 . In 1931, we began our journey together. Since then, we have taken to the skies together, being one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the world.
Our first flight schedule consisted of a sheet of paper with the national flight network drawn on it, with the days, times of take-off and landing, and the types of aircraft that served the connection.
The first fleet consisted of just over 20 aircraft, which mainly operated domestic flights.
However, already in the 1930s, we began to broaden our horizons. We made our pioneering flight over the Atlantic – from Los Angeles to Warsaw. We were also admitted to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in which we were given the code LO .
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We were the first airline in Europe to have a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in its fleet .
For the “Be our Guest” marketing campaign, we were awarded a silver Effie in the service category – the most important marketing award in Poland.
In 2019, for the third time, we are recognized as the best airline in Central and Eastern Europe according to the Global Traveler USA ranking.
In 2019, we hosted the 2nd edition of the Global Airport & Passenger Symposium (GAPS) conference.
We are one of the twelve oldest airlines in the world.
We are one of the founding lines of IATA.
In 2019, for the first time in history, we carried 10 million passengers on board in one year.
We have two planes in our fleet: a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 MAX 8 in a special white and red painting commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.
We have 75 aircraft in our fleet (as of September 13, 2021):
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – 7
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner – 8
Boeing 737 MAX 8 – 5
Boeing 737-800 – 6
Embraer 195 – 15
Embraer 190 – 4
Embraer 175 – 12
Embraer 170 – 6
Bombardier DHC-8Q400 – 12
In September 2021, as one of the first airlines in Europe, we introduced a wireless in-flight entertainment service on board Boeing 737 aircraft.
We were the protagonist of two popular TV productions showing the backstage of working in airlines: Operation LOT and I’m flying.
We have been a member of the Star Alliance since 2003 .
In 2021, we took 3rd place in the “Most Desirable Employers” ranking by Randstad Polska.
In 2020, as part of the LOTdoDomu program, we made 388 flights and carried around 54,000 passengers.
In 2020, we took the longest flight in the history of our airlines – on March 31, 2020. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a 14-hour and 55-minute flight from Warsaw to Buenos Aires.
Since 1931, our “emblem” has always been the crane.
In 2019, we received the prestigious Best Airline Marketing award at the Changi Airlines Awards gala in Singapore for our contribution to the development of the Singapore hub.
In 2020, we were nominated for the Hungarian Emmy for the adaptation of the campaign “Be our guest”.
In 2021, our e-comerce team was nominated in the category of the best B2C e-commerce team in the prestigious competition E-commerce Director 2021.