The first Dreamliner of the LOT airline flew along the polar route. The plane flew from Tokyo to Warsaw. The flight time, thanks to the selected route, was shortened by about 1.5 hours. This is LOT’s return to the polar route – its machines, the four-engine Soviet Iły, have already flown it in the 1980s.
Dreamliners of LOT Polish Airlines can fly over the North Pole thanks to the decision of the Civil Aviation Authority to change part of the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
When choosing this route, the flight time from Tokyo to Warsaw is reduced by about 1.5 hours, which translates into significantly lower fuel consumption and the possibility of taking more freight. “Extending the certificate also opens up the possibility of launching new, previously unavailable connections – e.g. direct flights to Honolulu in Hawaii” – said LOT spokesman Krzysztof Moczulski.
The first voyage along the polar route from Tokyo to Warsaw took off on Saturday.
The spokesman mentioned that in order for the plane to take off, it was necessary, among other things, to make changes to all parts of the Operations Manual, prepare new procedures and documents, train flight dispatchers, pilots and cabin crew members.
It was also necessary to purchase additional aircraft equipment, i.e. a polar survival kit, containing, among others, polar suits for crews, NRC (thermal – ed.) films for passengers and an ice saw.
Moczulski reminded that LOT planes flew the polar route as early as the 1980s. “Despite the rather primitive navigation equipment of the Il-62M aircraft, thanks to the outstanding team LOT Polish Airlines and navigators, among whom was SP. Edward Makula, it was possible to perform the so-called fishing trips carrying Dalmor workers to Anchorage, Alaska,” he recalled.
Main photo source: Kamil Wrzosek/LOT