In a move that feels long delayed and actually some catharsis in that it’s finally starting, LOT Polish Airlines (LO) is commencing services between Warsaw, Poland (WAW) and Los Angeles (LAX).
At this point it hasn’t been made official, but the news and buzz we’re hearing is that it’s as good as – with the announcement being made tomorrow on October 5 Pacific Time.
While details are a bit sparse at the moment in terms of timings, we’re going to assume it will follow the normal schedule of Northern European flights from LAX – late afternoon departure and an early morning arrival – which will also enable for great connections to other North European, Russian and East European connections previously unavailable from California.
The inbound will most likely leave Europe earlier in the morning and arrive around noon time as well – so that also enables for folks to make connections to other secondary cities on the West Coast.
The flights will be operated by LOT’s newest member of their fleet, the 787-8 Dreamliner, which features fully flat beds in Business Class and 32 inch legroom in Economy in an
unfortunate 3-3-3 layout. Don’t fret too much though, Premium Economy, a new introduction to the airline, will also be offered. What the price range will be is yet to be seen but more choice is never a bad thing.
But let’s not take away what a positive move this is from LO. To be honest we’re a bit surprised that given United’s ‘fortress’ hub in San Francisco (SFO) LAX was chosen as the airline’s first foray into the West Coast American market. But hey, variety is the spice of life, right? This gives another really valuable Star Alliance link to Europe, topped up by the new Austrian service and bolstered by the new Swiss 777-300 flagship service into the city.
While SFO might be United’s de-facto home after Chicago and Houston, Los Angeles is building up a nice little armory of Star options to Europe and Asia.
Keep your ears peeled for some great deals through Star. After all, we have Lufthansa to Frankfurt and Munich, Swiss to Zurich and Geneva, SAS to Oslo and now Austrian to Vienna and LOT to Warsaw. In the Asia-Pacific region we have Singapore Airlines to Tokyo/SIngapore, All Nippon Airways to Tokyo as well, Asiana to Seoul, Air China to Beijing, EVA Air to Taipei, Thai to Bangkok, Air New Zealand to Auckland and Raratonga (can we go to there?).
That’s a lot of options and many redemption options and seats to different places from LAX. Neither SkyTeam or oneoworld come close to offering the same type of service in this regard.
Hell, if you’re LAX based you might want to consider signing up with the alliance because you’ll surely be spoiled with choice! Will you be switching any time soon?