LOT Pol­ish Air­lines

Busi­ness Class, New York-War­saw

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED AND TESTED - BT

CHECK-IN LOT’s JFK Busi­ness Class Check-in was quick and ef­fi­cient, as ex­pected. As I usu­ally travel with car­ryons, I was ap­pre­cia­tive of the ded­i­cated pre­mium class se­cu­rity line, where the queue was short and I passed through quickly. Within just a few min­utes I was in the Lufthansa Star Al­liance mem­ber lounge ready to re­lax and choose from the am­ple se­lec­tion of snacks, soft drinks, cold beer and other as­sorted spir­its.

BOARD­ING Busi­ness class pas­sen­gers were boarded first and I was quickly at my seat. What im­presses you as you first en­ter into the Dream­liner is the mood light­ing. The light blue over­head gave the feel­ing of be­ing in the out­doors. Im­me­di­ately, the ten­sion from the busy day and air­port rou­tine melted away as I nes­tled into this re­lax­ing and wel­com­ing space.

The busi­ness class cabin was open and airy. As a die-hard carry-on guy, I par­tic­u­larly no­ticed the spa­cious over­head stor­age bins and the hy­draulic hinges for smooth oper­a­tion. The next thing I no­ticed was the large win­dows with their five dim­ming lev­els, from clear to dark for sleep­ing. The tint­ing of each win­dow could be con­trolled by each win­dow seat pas­sen­ger or the cabin crew, if nec­es­sary.

Boe­ing en­gi­neers have done an amaz­ing job with noise re­duc­tion in­side the 787. I found the cabin noise so low that I for­got to put on my noise-can­cel­ing head­phones. This is usu­ally the first thing I do on take­off, as I find that whether I’m read­ing, work­ing or just re­lax­ing, it’s all the more plea­sur­able to mute the typ­i­cal in­tru­sive air­craft “white noise” that per­me­ates the plane. To think that I had been on this plane for nearly 3 hours be­fore I even thought about don­ning the head­set is a tes­ta­ment to a truly more re­lax­ing fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

THE SEAT The Elite Club seat­ing ar­range­ment on this Boe­ing was three rows of 2-2-2. There was plenty of space be­tween the rows and in the aisles. I found the lie-flat seat­ing had more than enough room for my 6’frame. The only trick be­ing on the win­dow is step­ping over your neighbor to get to the aisle when they are in the lie-flat po­si­tion. Ev­ery­one else in Elite Club had di­rect aisle ac­cess.

Each seat had a 15”screen and three sock­ets: a USB port, power sup­ply for mo­bile de­vices and a port for head­phones with noise re­duc­tion. There was a good se­lec­tion of movies, sports, news and TV shows avail­able.

THE FLIGHT Within mo­ments of ar­riv­ing at my seat, the at­ten­tive flight at­ten­dants im­me­di­ately wel­comed me, stowed my suit jacket and of­fered wa­ter, or­ange juice or cham­pagne. When we reached cruis­ing al­ti­tude, the staff served up a va­ri­ety of wines and cock­tails fol­lowed by the evening meal. Out­stand­ing Pol­ish gourmet restau­ra­teur, Magda Gessler cre­ated the menu, us­ing the best lo­cal crops and bring­ing a re­fresh­ing light­ness to tra­di­tional Pol­ish cui­sine. The evening meal of­fered sev­eral op­tions in­clud­ing roasted chicken breast, pre­ceded by slices of smoked sal­mon with ar­ti­chokes and crunchy sea­sonal salad. While the din­ner por­tion could have been a bit larger for my big­ger with busi­ness travel ob­sta­cles, this hur­dle made me a bit anx­ious. Well, the LOT staff ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. With­out ne­go­ti­a­tion or arm twist­ing, they were ready with a so­lu­tion, and quickly got me on an al­liance part­ner air­line en­abling me to ar­rive at my des­ti­na­tion that same day.

VER­DICT The LOT Dream­liner was a plea­sure to ex­pe­ri­ence; I ar­rived in Europe rested and re­freshed, ready for busi­ness. ap­petite, the food was good.

The lie-flat po­si­tion was to dream for: Cushy mat­tress, with white sheet and blan­ket, and an over­sized pil­low, all set the stage for a com­fort­able rest. Talk about the value of some pre­cious sleep on the way to Europe. I was sur­prised to learn when I woke, that I’d slept for nearly three hours, un­in­ter­rupted!

AR­RIVAL Al­though ev­ery­thing about the flight went well, the weather wasn’t co­op­er­at­ing. Heavy fog in War­saw di­verted our flight to Gdansk, and the de­lay caused me to miss my con­nec­tion, the only LOT flight that day to my fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. As it is

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