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History

1920-1929


1920

The first aviation route linking Warsaw with the world is inaugurated.


1921

The short-lived Aerotarg Poznań Aviation Society is founded and, between May and June, sets up the first regular Poznań-Warsaw flights.


1922

A limited liability company by the name of Aerolloyd Polish Airlines (Polska Linja Lotnicza "Aerolloyd") is established
On 5th September, the company launches regular flights from Gdańsk to Warsaw and onward from there to Lwów.

1925

Aerolloyd is transformed into Aerolot S.A., a joint stock company, and its technical facilities are transferred from Gdańsk airport to Warsaw's Mokotów airport.
In Poznań, Aero Sp. z o.o., a limited liability air transport company, is founded and launches regular carrier operations on the Poznań-Łódź-Warsaw route.

1928

The Civil Aviation Department at the Ministry of Transport draws up a programme of fundamental changes in Polish air transport. Every private aviation company is closed down. In their stead, a single, self-governing, state enterprise is founded on 29th December 1928 and named LOT Airlines Ltd. (Linje Lotnicze LOT Sp. z o.o.).


1929

On 1st January, the company launches its operations. Two new routes are added; Warsaw-Katowice and Warsaw-Bydgoszcz. the LOT advertising campaigns encompass posters and brochures publicising Polish air transport, promotional flights and airborne sightseeing trips over Warsaw and the neighbouring environs.
In May, special additional flights between Warsaw and Poznań are arranged to coincide with the General National Fair, which was held in the latter city from May to September to celebrate ten years of Polish independence. A competition for the design of the company logo is announced. The winner, decided at the end of the year, is Warsaw visual artist Tadeusz Gronowski, with an expressive and interpretive representation of a crane in full flight. The company's name is extended to include an adjective, becoming LOT Polish Airlines Ltd. (Polskie Linje Lotnicze).

1930-1939

1930

LOT Polish Airlines becomes a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

1931

The ‘crane' is officially accepted as the LOT Polish Airlines livery.
A multi-section route is established, flying Warsaw-Lwów-Czerniowce-Bucharest.

1934

After operational five years, LOT is allocated headquarters at Warsaw-Okęcie, where a modern airport has been built, complete with technical facilities, hangers, workshops and warehouses.


1938

With changes to certain orthographic rules, Polskie Linje Lotnicze LOT becomes Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT; the transformation is merely a matter of spelling, though, and not one of meaning. In May-June, a LOT crew make their first, experimental, transatlantic flight from the United States to Poland.


1939

In September 1939, as the Second World War gathers force, sixteen of the airline's fleet of twenty-six planes are interned in Romania. The majority of the company's personnel are evacuated, as is the greater part of its movable property. During the course of the war, every single one of LOT's hangers and airport buildings are razed to the ground.

1940-1949

1945

The pre-war LOT Polish Airlines Ltd. (Polskie Linje Lotnicze LOT, Sp. z o.o.) is reactivated, under compulsory state control.
In March, April and May, a network of national branches is established.
The first post-war poster is created; it bears the image of a plane flying over ruins alongside a flock of cranes in characteristic V-formation, echoing the company symbol in more than one way. The legend on the poster reads, LOT Polish Airlines. Succouring reconstruction with our wings.
The first timetable of flights is complied; a sheet of paper with the domestic routes neatly drawn on it, it provides the days and departure and arrival times of the flights on a given route, as well as the type of plane flying it.
On 18th July, the LOT Polish Airlines State Enterprise (Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT) is established by decree of the Council of Ministers. Wojciech Zieliński, pre-war proxy for LOT, is appointed Director General.

1946

Ten twin-engine, Li-2 aircraft are received from the army and the Warsaw-Gdańsk domestic route, the first to be flown since the war, goes into operation.
LOT purchases nine Douglas DC-3 planes and relaunches its network of domestic routes and international flights to Berlin, Paris, Stockholm and Prague.

1949

The LOT fleet is increased by the addition of five eighteen-seater Il-12s.
Brussels is brought into the network of routes.
LOT reinstates flights to Bucharest, Budapest and Copenhagen after their suspension during the war.


1950-1959

1955

The first delivery of an order for thirteen It-14s is received.
Flights to Vienna and Moscow are introduced.
LOT carries the landmark one millionth passenger to fly with the airline since its inception.


1957

Three American Covair CV-240s are delivered, seating forty passengers in their pressurised cabins.


1958

The Warsaw-London and Warsaw-Zurich routes are launched.


1960-1969

1961

LOT purchases its first turboprop planes, the Soviet one-hundred-seater Il-18. By the end of 1966, the company has purchased a total of eight. The Il-18 was the very best of the Soviet airliners and a number of variants were built.

1963

LOT launches its first post-war flights beyond Europe, initially establishing a route to Cairo, followed by Baghdad, Beirut, Benghazi, Damascus and Tunisia.

1968

Polish air transport enters the jet age. On 6th November, the first of five Tu-134s purchased by LOT lands in Warsaw. These fast, medium-haul airliners are introduced onto the European routes, replacing the An-24 and, in some cases, taking over those that had previously been flown by the Il-18.

The Warsaw-Kiev and Warsaw-Istanbul routes are launched.

1969

A new passenger terminal is opened at Warsaw's Okęcie airport.


1970-1979


1972

The first long-haul Il-62s are introduced into the fleet.
Charter flights inaugurate the first transatlantic routes in the history of Polish air transport.

1973

On 16th April, regular flights between Warsaw and New York are established.


1974

LOT sets up a Chartered Flights Department. It will continue to arrange charters for over thirty years.


1976

The first flights to the Far East, via Dubai and Bombay.
By the late 1970s, LOT is flying regularly to Kuwait, Tripoli and Algeria.

1978

Visual artists Roman Duszek and Andzrej Zbrozek create a new design image for the LOT fleet. The entire plane is painted white. The forward section of the fuselage bears the name ‘LOT', writ large in forward-sloping italics, and the empennage carries the ‘crane' livery and the Polish flag.

1980-1989

1980-1981

As the Solidarity trades union opposition movement gathers strength and faces the government's measures to supress it, air transport slumps dramatically. In the autumn of 1981, a number of Western airlines suspend their flights to Warsaw. On 13th December, martial law is declared in Poland and all of LOT's flights are grounded as a result


1984

Charter flights to New York and Chicago are reinstated following an interval of two years.


1985

On 28th January, scheduled flights to New York and Chicago are resumed.
During the first five years of the decade, two new routes are launched; Warsaw-New Delhi and Warsaw-Beijing.

1986

The decision to withdraw the Il-18s and Tu-134s from service is taken.
New medium-haul Latvian planes fly into Warsaw; the Soviet Tu-154M is steadily introduced onto the European and Middle Eastern routes. LOT's transatlantic charters fly into Detroit and Los Angeles.


1988

The company decides to purchase American aircraft. This will have a crucial impact on both the prospects for, and form of, development of Poland's national airline. With its purchase of the wide-bodied Boeing 767s, LOT becomes the first carrier in the countries of Central and Eastern European to operate using American airliners.
LOT's longest route to date is launched, flying from Poland to Singapore.

1989

The first two Boeings go into service.
LOT hosts the IATA's Annual General Meeting.
2.3 million passengers make use of LOT'S services in the course of the year


1990-1999

1990

The third Boeing 767-300 ER lands in Warsaw


1991

The first French-Italian ATR-72s join the LOT fleet.
Routes to Vilnius, Kiev, Minsk and Lwów are established.

1992

LOT takes delivery of a number of Boeing 737s.
In December, LOT Polish Airlines is transformed into a sole shareholder Treasury company. The company is restructured in order to adapt it to operating under the conditions of Poland's new market economy.
The LOT Voyager loyalty programme is created and introduced for the airline's frequent flyers.
A new and modern airport opens at Warsaw-Okęcie, along with a cargo terminal and catering facilities.


1993

Four new routes are introduced, flying from Warsaw, via Stockholm, to Oslo, Katowice to Frankfurt, Warsaw to Riga and Wrocław, via Poznań, to Düsseldorf.


1994

A codeshare agreement is signed with American Airlines.

Flights from Krakow to Vienna and Warsaw to Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Zagreb and Nice. According to a report compiled for the IATA by an Australian consulting company, BDW Aviation Service, LOT has the newest fleet of all the world's airlines.

1995

The Gdańsk-Copenhagen and Krakow-Zurich routes are introduced.
LOT wins a prestigious silver Clio in the print category at the 36th Annual International Awards ceremony, held in San Francisco. The award is given for the company's advertising campaign targeting the American market and LOT is the only airline company to be thus distinguished. The campaign slogan is Poland is free. The flight's very reasonable.

1996

Business Travel World magazine names LOT the Best Business Airline in Central and Eastern Europe. The company goes on to win the award again in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Flights from Warsaw to Munich and Stuttgart, Wrocław to Frankfurt and Poznań to Copenhagen are inaugurated.


1997

LOT establishes a sister company, EuroLOT, which takes on the operation of domestic flights. It is also tasked with participating in the creation a Central European transit hub in Warsaw and with the development of regional flights abroad on less busy routes.

1998

LOT wins Business Traveller magazine's award for Best Eastern European Airline, a feat that it repeats in both 1999 and 2000. The company records the highest number of charter flights in history.

1999

The company purchases a number of Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets. This small, fast plane means that more flights per day can be made, linking Warsaw with selected passenger hubs across Europe more frequently.
On 18th November, the Minister of the State Treasury signs a contract for the sale of shares in LOT to the Swiss holding company, SAirGroup. This is the first step toward the airline's privatisation. At the same time, LOT Polish Airlines and the SAirGroup enter into two agreements, one covering strategic cooperation and the other providing for LOT's joining the worldwide airline alliance, the Qualiflyer Group, on 1st January 2000. Despite this selection of a foreign investor, LOT retains both its identity and Polish character to the full.


2000-2009

2000

During the 2000/2001 winter season, the number of routes flown by LOT are increased significantly. This is primarily due to the transformation of Okęcie airport into a hub, as a result of which, Warsaw becomes an attractive location for local and transit traffic alike.
A number of new routes are launched, including Zagreb, Tallinn, Bucharest and London's Gatwick airport.
The LOT fleet is increased by eight Embraer ERJ-145s and three Boeing 737-500s. The delivery of the eleven new planes in 2000 is the largest to occur in the course of a single year since the company's inception.

2001

LOT carries more than three million passengers in the course of a year.
LOT Polish Airlines once again finds itself in the company of the world's top airlines. Its high quality in-flight service and meals, professional service and punctuality are all recognised in the Official Airline Guides (OAG) Airline Industry Awards and by Business Traveller magazine.
More new routes are launched, including Odessa, Göteborg, Beirut, Damascus and Zielona Góra.

2002

At a meeting of the directors of the Qualiflyer Group's participant airlines, held on 8th February in Zurich, the decision is taken to conclude cooperation under the auspices of the group. LOT begins to seek membership of a different alliance.
Several new routes are launched, namely Warsaw-Kalingrad, Warsaw-Bratislava and Poznań-Frankfurt.
In April, LOT and Lufthansa sign an initial strategic cooperation agreement and a codeshare contract covering the joint operation of air routes between Poland and Germany. With these documents, LOT's path toward membership of Star Alliance opens up.
Once again, LOT receives recognition in the form of awards from OAG and Business Traveller magazine.
In July, LOT and the Italian-French consortium ATR sign an agreement for the delivery of five ATR-42 500 series airliners.
Cutting the blue and white ribbon draped around the sculpture of the Crane which adorns the atrium, the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, symbolically declares the new LOT Polish Airlines offices to be open. His Eminence Cardinal Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland, also takes part in the ceremony, blessing both the building and all those gathered there.

2003

Miles & More becomes LOT's frequent flyer programme. It has more than eight million members around the world and is the largest of its kind in Europe.
LOT signs an agreement with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer for the delivery of a number of Embraer 170s.
The company is once again recognised as the Best Central and Eastern European Airline by both OAG and Business Traveller magazine.
On 26th October, LOT becomes a member of Star Alliance, the world's largest alliance of airlines. Its members set the benchmark for the highest of standards in the aviation world. In honour of the occasion, the Boeing 737-500 SP-LKE receives new, promotional paintwork.
More codeshare contracts are signed, this time with United, bmi, Aeroflot and All Nippon Airways.

2004

LOT launches etix® electronic ticket sales for domestic flights.
Codeshare contracts are signed with Air Canada and TAP Portugal.
In March, LOT becomes the first airline in the world to introduce the Embraer 170, the latest plane from the Brazilian manufacture, into its fleet. The airliner's maiden commercial flight is made on the Warsaw–Vienna route on 17th March.
For the seventh time in succession, Business Traveller magazine names LOT the best airline in the region.
In June, during the Poznań Industrial Technology and Investment Goods Fair, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski presents LOT with the President of the Republic of Poland's Special Award, for "a remarkable contribution to bringing Poles and the nations of Europe and the world closer together".
LOT celebrates its 75th anniversary. The occasion is honoured in a number of ways, including an exhibition of the company's posters at Warsaw's Poster Museum in Wilanów, the publication of an album and the issue of a commemorative stamp and a First Day Cover (FDC).
New routes are launched, to Dublin and Venice.
The year sees more than four million passengers availing themselves of LOT's services.

2005

For the eighth time in succession, Business Traveller magazine awards LOT the title of Best Eastern European Airline.
A decision is made as to the selection of a new long-haul aircraft; the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will begin to fly under the LOT colours in October 2008. The company will be the first airline in Europe to take delivery of the plane.
In January, the LOT charter subsidiary, Centralwings, obtains a licence to operate as an airline and launches ticket sales.
LOT Polish Airlines comes out top in the Pasażer.com portal's first Internet poll for the best airline.
On 1st February, a Centralwings Boeing 737 takes off from Warsaw on the company's maiden flight. The destination is London Gatwick.
In Lausanne, on 4th March, during a meeting of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI; the World Air Sports Federation) Gliding Commission, LOT Polish Airlines captain, Janusz Centka, is awarded the Lilienthal Gliding Medal. The medal is awarded for "a particularly remarkable performance in gliding, or eminent services to the sport of gliding over a long period of time" and Captain Centka's name was put forward by Aeroklub Polski (the Polish Aero Club), an active member of the FIA. There can be no higher award for a glider pilot.
Captain Centka is the seventh Pole and the second LOT pilot to receive this highest of distinctions.
In May, LOT orders four Embraer 175s.
In Kyoto, on 31st May, the chairmen of LOT Polish Airlines and All Nippon Airways sign a codeshare agreement between the two airlines.
1st August, sees the launch of LOT's new advertising campaign. Its slogan is translated as You're flying in good hands.
On 14th July, the company takes delivery of a Boeing B-767 300ER SP – LPE. On 7th September, the Supervisory Board of LOT Polish Airlines S.A. passes a resolution giving its consent to the company's entering into a contract of purchase for seven Boeing B-787 Dreamliners. LOT will thus be the first airline in Europe and the second in the world to take delivery of the plane.
The Warsaw-Ljubljana route is launched.
The company is recognised as the Best Central and Eastern European Airline for the eighth time in succession.
On 30th October, LOT Polish Airlines S.A. and Singapore Airlines sign a route-sharing agreement, as a result of which, the customers of both airlines will benefit from convenient travel on routes between South-East Asia and Poland.
28th November sees the company launch a new route from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz and reactivates its Warsaw-Zielona Góra service. In both cases, the routes are flown by the Jetstream 32.

2006

On 28th May, a LOT Polish Airlines plane carries Pope Benedict XVI back to Rome following his pilgrimage to Poland.
LOT enters into a contract for inter-airline ticketing with British Airways.
In June, the Premium Brand project awards the company the title of High-Reputation Brand in the services and sales category. Premium Brand is an independent project run by MMT Management in cooperation with Maison Research House, Millward Brown and the SMG/KRC Institute and devoted to researching companies' reputations, with their consent.
On 17th June, LOT Boeing B-767 captain, Janusz Centka, piloting a Polish Diana 2 glider during the 29th World Gliding Championships in Sweden, becomes World Champion in the 15-metre class.
June also sees LOT Polish Airlines awarded the title of King of Jazz 2006 by the organisers of the 12th International Jazz in the Old Town Square Festival, held in Warsaw every summer.
In mid-July, the company launches a series of charter flights commissioned by a Japanese company, The Contact Inc., on the Tokyo-Warsaw route.
On 1st August, the Polish competitors in the 17th World Precision Flying Championships return victorious to Warsaw. LOT Polish Airlines pilot Krzysztof Wieczorek is the new world champion, with colleagues Janusz Darocha as his runner-up and Krzysztof Skrętowicz in third place. On this selfsame day, the competitors in the 15th World Rally Flying Championships, held in Troyes, France, also return triumphant. This time, the world champion is LOT's Captain Wacław Wieczorek, together with his son, Michał.
12th September sees the launch of an advertising campaign for LOT's new business class on transatlantic flights.
The company is awarded the Polish Tourism Leader certificate in the airline category by the Tourism Promotion Agency.
On 4th October, in a competition organised by the Computerworld weekly, LOT Polish Airlines receives the IT Leader award and title for achievements in the application of information technology.
29th October sees the relaunching of the Katowice-Munich-Katowice route, which was suspended in 2001.
At the company's headquarters, on 9th November, a cooperation agreement between LOT Polish Airlines S.A. and the Polish Tourism Organisation is signed.
In the course of the year, LOT Polish Airlines carries 3,708,239 passengers.

2007

On April 16th, the company launches a campaign advertising domestic flights in its ATRs, now furnished with more comfortable seats.
7th May sees the launch of LOT's Katowice-Turin and Warsaw Stuttgart routes.
On 3rd June, they are followed by the Rzeszów-New York route.
In May, LOT Polish airlines wins the third edition of the Pasażer.com portal's poll, becoming the Best Airline in Poland 2006.
At the Royal Castle in Warsaw, on 11th May, LOT is named a Patron of the Polish Academy of Medicine.
7th September sees the rollout of Boeing's newest plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The ceremony takes place in Seattle, with the participation of representatives of LOT Polish Airlines.
In July, the company becomes the first airline in Poland to launch a Virtual Stewardess service on its website. The computerised character, an InteliWISE intelligent Avatar, can serve innumerable customers, twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week and three hundred and sixty-five days a year.
Tickets for LOT's Warsaw-Beijing route go on sale.
On 28th July, the Awards Committee of the Avenue of Sports Stars in Władysławowo honour a LOT pilot, Captain Witold Filusa, by adding a star bearing his name to the avenue. He follows Jerzy Makula and Wacław Wieczorek to become the third of the company's pilots to be awarded this illustrious and out-of-the-ordinary ‘Star'.
During the European Gliding Championships in August, Captain Janusz Centka pilots his Polish Diana 2 glider to gold in the 15-metre class.
The company launches a campaign promoting its Warsaw-Hanover flights.
A contract is signed with Dniproavia, a Ukrainian airline, for the provision of technical services for Embraer ERJ 145s.
At a ceremony held in London on 17th September, representatives of LOT Polish Airlines once again collect Business Traveller magazine's prestigious award for Best Eastern European Airline.
On 27th October, the company is honoured by the Warsaw Destination Alliance Foundation for its contribution to a campaign promoting the capital as an attractive and appealing destination for businesses and tourists alike.
The Wrocław-Brussels route is launched.

2008

A contract is signed for the purchase of twelve Embraer EMB 175s, with staggered delivery scheduled to take place between 2009 and 2012.
n February, the company launches its Web Check-In service for passengers whose journey begins at national airports serviced by LOT.
On 30th March, LOT reinstates direct flights from Warsaw to Beijing.
A contract is signed with Luxembourg airline Luxair covering the joint operation of the Warsaw-Berlin-Luxembourg route.
March 2008 also sees LOT Polish Airlines win the Best Traditional Airline title for the second time in succession in a poll conducted by the Pasażer.com portal.
Captain Wacław Wieczorek wins a silver medal in the 18th World Precision Flying Championships. LOT's pilots also come out of the 16th World Rally Flying Championships with flying colours; Janusz Darocha and Zbigniew Chrząszcz take the gold, while Captain Krzysztof Skrętowicz and Krzysztof Wieczorek win the bronze.
On 24th July, LOT Polish Airlines and the Polish Olympic Committee initial a contract, on the strength of which, LOT acquires the title of Official Carrier of the Polish Olympic Team for the Beijing Games.
Captain Janusz Centka wins the silver medal in the 15-metre class at the World Gliding Championships.
Captain Dariusz Kędzierski takes the gold at the 10th European Microlight Championships.
On 22nd September, for the eleventh time, LOT Polish Airlines is honoured with the title of Best Eastern European Airline by Business Traveller magazine.
On 30th September, the company presents Ryszard Kaczorowski, former President of the Republic of Poland in Exile, with an honorary badge "For services to LOT Polish Airlines".

2009

January sees the 80th anniversary of the inception of LOT Polish Airlines. In honour of the occasion, a special logo is created and its image is used consistently on in-house and external communications alike.
In March, changes occur in the make-up of the company's Supervisory and Management Board. Sebastian Mikosz takes on the mantle of Chairman.
On 26th March, the Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines takes the decision to close its subsidiary, Centralwings and, on 9th June, the court declares it bankruptcy.
In April, during the Reader's Digest European Trusted Brand 2009 awards ceremony, held at the Porczyński Gallery in Warsaw, LOT is named Most Environmentally Friendly Brand in the airlines category.
16th April sees the inauguration of the Krakow-Athens route.
On 8th May, after an interval of 15 years, the Warsaw-Belgrade route is relaunched.
On 11th May, the Supervisory Board formally appoints Sebastian Mikosz as Chairman of LOT Polish Airlines.
On 20th May, the court declares the bankruptcy of the LOT Ground Services (LGS) company. LOT Services signs a leasing contract in respect of LGS.
In this same month, LOT establishes LOT Charters, incorporating it into the company's structure.
1st June sees the new company's maiden charter flight.
On 4th June, a golden Boeing 737-400 carries a group of one hundred and sixty ‘golden' passengers to Brussels as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism.
June also sees the launch of a new business class menu, created by the renowned celebrity master chef, Robert Sowa.
On 10th July, the Krakow-Rome route is inaugurated.
26th June sees Polish pilots sweep the board at the 19th World Precision Flying Championships, held in Toruń. Krzysztof Wieczorek wins the gold, Janusz Darocha takes the silver and the bronze goes to Marek Kachaniak. On 26th August, Morgan Stanley, the investment bank, is selected as financial advisor to LOT Polish Airlines.
In September, LOT is named Official Airline for the 19th Economic Forum, to be held in Krynica.
On 2nd September, the first of the new Embraer 175s joins the LOT fleet. The six hundredth airliner of the E-Jet family of twin-engine, medium-haul planes, it flies into Okęcie displaying specially designed paintwork.
12th September sees the conclusion of the 7th European Rally Flying Championships in Castellón, Spain. LOT pilots Wacław Wieczorek and Bolesław Radomski take the silver and the Polish national flying team wins the gold.
On 21st September, the British Business Traveller magazine awards LOT Polish Airlines the title of Best Eastern European Airline for the twelfth time. The company launches a modest advertising campaign on the streets of London, making use of the city's unique and familiar black cabs.
7th October sees a LOT Polish Airlines Embraera 170 receive a special paintwork design promoting both Krakow and the entire Małopolska region. The tail of the plane is adorned with a recognisable fragment of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The only one of the master's works in Poland, it is held in the Princes Czartoryski Museum in Krakow and is one of the city's unique symbols.
In October, Kaleidoscope, the LOT Polish Airlines monthly in-flight magazine, takes second place in the 9th Company Bulletins Competition, a prestigious event organised by the Agape consultancy and publishing agency. Kaleidoscope's ranking is achieved in what is the most important of the competition's categories, External Bulletins.
On 8th October, LOT, in collaboration with Cargojet, an award-winning Canadian cargo airline, inaugurates the first direct transatlantic cargo route in the history of Polish aviation. A Boeing 767-200 ER Freighter, with a forty-five-ton cargo capacity, will provide a weekly service, flying between Katowice and Hamilton, Canada.
On 2nd November, the Global Traveler magazine readers' survey awards LOT the the title of Best Eastern European Airline.
10th December sees the announcement of the results of the readers' survey in the American edition of Business Traveller magazine. And the statuette for Best Eastern European Airline goes to… LOT Polish Airlines.

2010-2011

2010

On 21st January, Global Traveler magazine's reader survey names LOT Polish Airlines the Best Eastern European Airline.
28th January sees LOT awarded the title of Airline with the Services Providing the Highest Level of Passenger Satisfaction by the Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport passengers' survey.
On 3rd February, the LOT Technical Base is awarded a NATO E3A Source of Repair Activation Certificate.
On 11th February, LOT Polish Airlines receives the Athens International Airport award for the Fastest-Growing Airline in Eastern Europe.
2nd June sees the opening of LOT's new Sales Office in the Złote Tarasy (Golden Terraces) shopping centre.
On 10th May, LOT relaunches the Warsaw-Tallinn route.
At the IATA Annual General Meeting in Berlin, held on 6th June, LOT receives a platinum statuette for its implementation of a state-of-the-art passenger service system.
16th June sees the reinstatement of the Warsaw-Beirut route as LOT Polish Airlines returns to Middle Eastern destinations.
On 28th June, the Warsaw-Kalingrad route is launched.
1st July sees LOT turn in a new direction, with the establishment of flights from Warsaw to Yerevan.
On 13th June, the LOT Technical Base is spun off from the LOT Polish Airlines structure and becomes a company operating under the name of LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOT AMS).
Data published on 2nd September by the Civil Aviation Office recognises LOT Polish Airlines as the largest airline on the Polish market.
On 15th September, the company launches a new route from Warsaw to Tbilisi.
22nd September sees the company celebrate twenty years of collaboration with Boeing.
On 2nd October, the Warsaw-Damascus route is launched.
At a gala held on 6th October, LOT Polish Airlines wins two Awionetki (Light Aircraft) statuettes; one for the Innovative Solution of the Year and the other for the Event of the Year.
On 27th October, LOT reinstates regular flights between Warsaw and Cairo.
30th October sees another Embraer 175 SP-LIO join the LOT Polish Airlines fleet, the fourteenth of its kind to do so.
On 13th November, LOT inaugurates its Warsaw-Hanoi route.
On 26th November, LOT's airliners return to the Warsaw-Bydgoszcz route.

2011

17th January sees LOT Polish Airlines once again awarded the title of Best Airline in Eastern Europe by the readers of Global Traveler magazine.
On 3rd February, at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, LOT receives two awards from the Polish Airports Authority, having triumphed in two categories; Passenger Transport Growth at Chopin Airport, Warsaw, in 2010 and New Scheduled Connections at Chopin Airport, Warsaw, 2010.
Both LOT and LOT Charters receive several awards in the 2011 polls run by the Pasażer.com portal and Krakow-Balice airport; the categories are Best Traditional Airline, Best Charter Airline and Best Route.
On 11th April, the LOT fleet is enhanced by a new type of airliner, the Embraer 195.
In May, LOT Polish Airliners introduces its WEB Kiosks, self-service check-in points for the added convenience of its passengers.
3rd June sees the inauguration of flights to Donetsk.
On 24th June, for the very first time in Poland, LOT, in conjunction with Boeing, shows the world's newest airliner, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In July, LOT Polish Airlines enters into cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of Poland's taking over of the Presidency of the Council of Europe.
On April 16th, the company launches a campaign advertising domestic flights in its ATRs, now furnished with more comfortable seats.