LOT Polish Airlines announced today the re-launch of their route from Kraków to New York JFK. This route previously operated way back in the days (think 2003), but was cancelled due to a number of reasons including low demand. The situation was the same with the Kraków – Chicago route, which was also cancelled, and re-launched a few years ago.

LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines

The Kraków to New York JFK route will operate once a week starting in the summer 2020 season. The first flight from Kraków to JFK is scheduled for 03 May 2020. As of now, the route hasn’t yet been loaded into the GDS (the airline reservations system), therefore we do not know the details of timing just yet. The flight will be operated with a Boeing 787 as this is LOT’s only long-haul aircraft; however, LOT does often lease aircraft from other airlines to operate both their European and Intercontinental flights.

As with the Chicago flight, I assume LOT will operate the route from New York to Kraków to New York and not the other way around. This way they don’t have to fly the 787 domestically (which I do not believe they do) – they will simply fly from Warsaw or Budapest to JFK and then to Kraków and back to JFK. This is the case with the current Kraków – Chicago flight.

LOT’s Dreamliner aircraft feature Business Class, Premium Class, and Economy Class. I think the place where LOT shines the most is their long-haul Premium Economy Class – the seat is fantastic and the catering is delicious (the entire product is much better than Lufthansa’s). LOT’s Business Class is in a 2-2-2 lie-flat configuration and features the same seat as Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, etc. on select aircraft.

All in all, I’m excited for the constant addition of routes from Kraków. Recently, American Airlines announced their new route from Chicago to Kraków also starting next summer – which will be fantastic for oneworld connections, however I would select to fly LOT rather than AA in all cases. The addition of routes is always a positive as it drives fares down and increases availability.