LOT Polish Airlines 3920
Kraków (KRK) – Warsaw (WAW)
10 July 2015
Boarding was announced in the Business Lounge and by the time I made it to the gate, it was almost over and I was among the last people to board. There were just a few people for the flight to Warsaw and therefore the E175 wasn’t that full. LOT doesn’t have Business Class on any domestic routes and all flights are Economy-only within Poland, which does make sense considering all flights are under an hour.
We were driven to the E175 by bus due to the fact that there are no jetways at the airport. However with the new terminal opening soon, there will be a couple of jetways which will be super convenient since I absolutely hate being driven to the plane (unless it is in Frankfurt, of course).
The ride to the plane took about four minutes.
Our LOT E175 was parked next to British Airways and easyJet airplanes. I must say that in the past I wasn’t too impressed with my national airline, however I can tell that over the past few years, the service on LOT has definitely improved and the staff is much nicer. Back in the day I would do everything in my power to avoid flying LOT, but after these flights I can tell that I will be flying with LOT much more in the future.
It was a downright gorgeous day in Kraków, about 25 degrees C.
I was welcomed onboard by a friendly purser, who had a huge smile on her face. Yet another LOT improvement – smiling flight attendants! I quickly took my seat and noticed something quite unusual about short-haul aircraft… a power outlet?! On a LOT plane?! WHAT?! This genuinely left me in shock… I mean there is a power outlet on a LOT E175? Another LOT improvement! I can’t wait to fly their 787 soon! The flight to Warsaw lasted about thirty minutes, so basically we spent about five minutes in our cruising altitude and began to descend.
Legroom wasn’t the best, but given that it was a super short flight, it was alright with me.
We taxied to the runway and were airborne shortly thereafter. The nice thing about small Polish airports is that almost always everything is on-time, as it takes about five minutes to get to the plane by bus, and another five to the runway.
Once we reached 10k feet, the two flight attendants quickly began the service which consisted of a delicious Prince Polo chocolate bar and water. I was actually surprised that there was even a choice of type of water – still or sparkling! I mean, LOT, you are seriously impressing me with these new changes!
By the time I ate the chocolate bar and drank the water, we were already descending towards Warsaw. The nice thing about European countries is that domestic flights are always super short and you can be in a completely different part of the country in about an hour.
We parked at a remote stand and were driven to the terminal by bus, which took about five minutes. Warsaw airport is super convenient to transit through since it is very compact and all the gates are located close to each other.
Overall, I really enjoyed my LOT flight and I was genuinely surprised at the (positive) changes that were incorporated during the recent years. LOT’s staff used to be super rude and unfriendly and now, every person from LOT I came in contact with (on the ground and in the air), we all nice and helpful. The service was also excellent and the fact that they are upgrading their planes and getting new ones is definitely a positive change. I definitely will look forward to my LOT flights in the future!