LOT Premium Economy in the Boeing 787-9 to Chicago
Für den diesjährigen Jahresurlaub entschlossen wir uns den Mittleren Westen der USA anzuschauen. Passend zu unseren Reiseplänen veröffentlichte LOT Polish Airlines ein Angebot für die Premium Economy nach Chicago. Inwieweit die LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 ein Geheimtipp auf der Langstrecke ist, erfahrt ihr im Review.
we spent the waiting time between arrival at Warsaw airport and our flight to Chicago in the LOT Elite Club Lounge (Review). About 45 minutes before boarding we left the lounge, so that our son could again let loose on a great playground hours before the nine flight.
LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 – Boarding LO3
About time for the start of boarding at 16 o'clock we found ourselves at the gate 23N. Our machine, an almost brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (registration SP-LSA), was fortunately already at the gate ready. However, the boarding for about 30 minutes delayed. Meanwhile, the departure area filled and there was a shambles because some guests still to separate security check (“SSSS” – Secondary Security Screening Selection) were asked. Finally, but was taken to ensure that the boarding was carried out on the booking class and frequent flyer status. We were allowed as guests of the Premium Economy with the first thing on board.
LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 – cabin
For me it was the first flight in a Boeing 787-9. Upon entering the cabin I was surprised by the pleasant sense of space. However, the premium economy saw at first glance not really up to date from, but looked more like a business class 90s. The 21 wide and very thick padded seats were arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration in three rows. The distance between the seats was 106 centimeters almost seven centimeters taller than the LOT Boeing 787-8.
On the contrary to the “ancient” Seating, the color-changing LED overhead lights made for a pleasant sense of space. In addition, the cabin air I was not as dry as in other aircraft.
LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 – Seat
At first the seat in the LOT Premium Economy reminded me strongly of the Comfort Class von Turkish Airlines und war mit einem blau-grau-gemusterten Stoff bezogen. Dieser ließ den Sitz in meinen Augen etwas altbacken wirken. Aber dank der guten Polsterung, der breiten Sitzfläche (ca. 50 cm), verstellbarer Fußstütze und Rückenlehne war das Sitzen sehr angenehm. Sowohl der Tisch als auch der Monitor für das Inflight Entertainment waren in den 15 Zentimeter breiten Armlehnen verstaut. Außerdem waren zwischen den Sitzen jeweils zwei Universalsteckdosen verbaut. Ungünstig war die Position für die Fernbedienung. So kamen wir mehrmals während des Fluges mit dem Knie an diese und schalteten zum Beispiel das Leselicht an. Ferner bot der Sitz mit einer 25 Zentimeter breiten Tasche an der Rücklehne des Vordersitzes nur sehr wenig Stauraum an.
Since we were traveling together with our two year old son, we decided on booking even for the middle three seats in the sixth row. was in each case a packed in foil package, which consisted of a blue blanket and a bulky pillows on our seats.
LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 – Service
As the boarding was completed, the welcome drinks were served. We had the familiar choice of orange juice, water or sparkling wine. I really liked that the drinks were served in glasses instead of plastic cups. To the beverage, there was a packet of salted peanuts. Shortly after the start, however, I swapped the glass of sparkling wine against a tasty Polish beer.
Along with the menu also a small amenity kit was distributed. The blue bag contained everything you needed on a long-haul flight: socks, sleeping mask, toothbrush and earplugs. The content was perfectly adequate, although of a lower quality, but for a premium economy.
About an hour after the start in Warsaw - we were crossing the Baltic Sea in the direction of Norway - began the flight attendants with the service. As in the lounge was also on board the caterer DO&CO responsible for the catering. As a starter, there was in addition to the salad, prawns served with cucumber salad, chili mayonnaise and pea sprouts. The main course we had a choice of beef cheeks in pepper sauce served with potato dumplings and vegetables or chicken in BBQ sauce, served with baked potatoes and grilled asparagus. We opted both for the beef cheeks. For dessert there was a piece of cake.
The entire menu was very good and made definitely had enough. Our son, incidentally, got a special children's menu, which we had but also reserved online. He was served with meatballs in tomato sauce rice. In addition there was fresh sliced cucumber, peppers and tomatoes. On interessantesten but our son loved the fruit plate on which he first plunged.
During the flight we were well looked after by the flight attendants. Periodically They came through the cabin and asked for drinks requests or offered snacks. Before landing in Chicago was served again something to eat. Here we had a choice of three dishes: duck breast, chicken or spinach lasagna. I chose this time for the duck breast.
LOT Premium Economy in der Boeing 787-9 – Entertainment
The monitor for the entertainment was stowed in the armrest. The range of films and series was very clear and there were a total of eight languages. The number of German films was just as acceptable. Live TV was not available, but some series, games and music playlists for playback. The monitor also had a USB socket for charging his personal mobile devices. was disappointing that LOT does not have an in-flight WiFi. Here, in my opinion there is an urgent need to catch up.
Arrival in Chicago
Nachdem wir mit Verspätung in Warschau los geflogen waren, kamen wir annähernd pünktlich am Flughafen Chicago O’Hare an. Die Einreise in die USA dauerte gefühlt wieder eine Ewigkeit. Aber auch die längsten 45 Minuten waren irgendwann geschafft und wir konnten, nachdem wir unser Gepäck entgegengenommen hatten, mit der Flughafenbahn von Terminal 5 zu Terminal 2 fahren. Für die erste Nacht hatte ich ein Zimmer im Hilton Chicago O’Hare direkt am Flughafen reserviert. Dank Hilton Diamond Status bekamen wir neben zwei Flaschen Wasser noch ein Upgrade in ein Zimmer mit Blick auf den Flughafen. Trotz Müdigkeit saß ich noch längere Zeit am Fenster und nahm einige Langzeitaufnahmen vom Treiben auf dem Vorfeld auf.
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Evaluation of LOT Premium Economy in the Boeing 787-9
The LOT Premium Economy is absolutely a tip in terms of price / performance. The selection of food and beverages by the caterer DO&CO was very good. Only the service could have been more friendly and accommodating. Even if the overall impression of the design is quite old-fashioned but, the wide and well padded seats were very comfortable and the adjustable footrest and backrest seating was very comfortable even on long-haul.