LOT Polish Airlines are rumoured to be leasing three ex Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER aircraft for a period of 3 years. The aircraft in question are due to be acquired from Boeing Capital Corporation.
According to rynek-lotniczy.pl, the aircraft will be delivered from June 2020. The article also mentions that one of the aircraft in question has already been painted into the LOT livery in the US.
LOT has yet to officially confirm (or deny) the acquisitions.
LOT Polish Airlines in 2019 carried over 10 million passengers. This is a significant increase compared to 2015, when the national carrier invited 4.3 million people on board. Such dynamic growth requires constant investments, including fleet ones. Today, LOT has 15 long-haul aircraft – Boeing 787 Dreamliner in versions -8 and -9. This year we will pick up two more aircraft of this type. During the development phase, we constantly monitor the availability of various aircraft models on the market, and our experts conduct analyzes of many aircraft. We do not comment on media speculations on this topicMichał Czernicki, press spokesman for LOT Polish Airlines
It is thought that the aircraft will retain the Singapore Airline cabin configurations of 26 Business Class seats and 245 in Economy.
Currently, Singapore Airline are replacing their older 777-200ER aircraft with new generation Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350 aircraft. This by no means says that the three aircraft LOT could be receiving are old though. Singapore Airlines prides itself on operating one of the youngest fleets in the world.
Singapore Airlines is now down to 7 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft in service. All of which were delivered between 2001-2004.
However, there are a number in storage. Currently, Boeing Capital Corporation has 9V-SVN, 9V-SVI, 9V-SVO and 9V-SVJ in its possession. There are also a further three listed as stored according to airfleets.net.
Whilst it has been mentioned that the 777 aircraft could allow LOT to launch Warsaw-Singapore services, in reality the aircraft are likely to reduce the need for the Polish carrier to lease aircraft. LOT are set to use a pair of Air Belgium A340-300 aircraft on their Warsaw-Toronto route until 24 October 2020.
Normally, introducing a new and relatively small fleet to an airline would cause a headache for an airline. However, as the 777 has a similar type rating to the 787 aircraft that LOT have operated for a number of years, this won’t be anywhere near as troublesome.