LOT Polish Airlines will be introducing all new cabins on its Boeing 787s, and that’s super exciting. This is only one of the announcements the airline made this week, as LOT also plans to expand its fleet by 50%, and plans to open a lounge in Chicago.
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LOT Polish Airlines updating Boeing 787 interiors
LOT Polish Airlines and aircraft seating manufacturer Recaro have announced a partnership, whereby the Star Alliance airline will finally be updating the cabins on some of its long haul aircraft.
LOT has a fleet of 15 Boeing 787s, including eight 787-8s (delivered between 2012 and 2017) and seven 787-9s (delivered in 2018 and 2019). Currently the airline is only committing to upgrading the interiors of its eight 787-8s, and there are no plans to upgrade the 787-9s.
The timeline for this work getting started is also quite disappointing. The 787-8s will be reconfigured between Q3 2026 and 2030, so we’ll likely have to wait more than three more years before the first refreshed aircraft is in service. Oy.
Here’s how Izabela Leszczyńska, LOT’s Product Director, describes the new cabins:
“In selecting RECARO Aircraft Seating as the exclusive seat supplier for our widebody fleet through 2030, we have prioritized passenger comfort and innovation. The partnership represents a milestone for both LOT Polish Airlines and RECARO, marking the first time we embark on this widebody project together. With production of the economy class seats to be based in Świebodzin, Poland, we embrace a synergy of excellence and craftsmanship. The CL6720, PL3530, and CL3810 series epitomize our commitment to providing a luxurious and comfortable travel experience across our business, premium, and economy classes. We believe this collaboration sets new standards in aviation and reflects our dedication to enhancing the journey for our valued passengers.”
Anyway, let’s go over the details of the cabin updates…
New LOT Polish Airlines 787 business class
LOT’s Boeing 787s will finally be getting business class seats with direct aisle access, as the airline will introduce Recaro’s CL6720 product. This is a fairly new product that recently debuted on both Air China and Iberia, and it’s a very competitive seat.
LOT intends to offer doors at these seats, and will also offer updated tech, including 17.3″ 4K personal televisions featuring bluetooth audio pairing. Expect seats to have AC power outlets, USB-A charging, and wireless charging.
New LOT Polish Airlines 787 premium economy class
LOT’s Boeing 787s will be getting new premium economy seats, in the form of Recaro’s PL3530 product. The seats will feature ergonomic cushioning, adjustable recline, and a control panel. Furthermore, seats will have 13.3″ 4K personal televisions with bluetooth audio pairing. Seats will also have AC power outlets, plus USB-C charging.
New LOT Polish Airlines 787 economy class
LOT’s Boeing 787s will be getting new economy seats, with Recaro’s CL3810 product. The company promotes how these seats will have a six-way adjustable headrest, lumbar support, and recline options of up to six inches. Seats will have 13.3″ 4K personal televisions featuring bluetooth audio pairing. Seats will also have USB-C charging, but no AC power outlets.
LOT Polish Airlines adding Wi-Fi on 787s
Here’s something that passengers across cabins will appreciate. LOT intends to finally introduce Wi-Fi on its wide body aircraft for the first time. Specifically, the airline intends to partner with Viasat for inflight connectivity, which should offer great speeds.
My take on LOT Polish Airlines’ Boeing 787 refresh
LOT Polish Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner updates sound great. These cabins look competitive, both in terms of the seats, as well as the updated tech, ranging from bluetooth audio to Wi-Fi. I’m very excited to see all of this.
However, what I find absurd is the timeline — the airline is announcing this now, but only intends to reconfigure the first aircraft in roughly three years. Not only that, but the airline is only committing to reconfiguring roughly half of its Boeing 787 fleet.
So best case scenario, LOT will have updated the interiors on roughly half of its Boeing 787s by 2030. Yes, 2030. Honestly, it’s anyone’s guess if this actually does end up happening, since a lot can change in a few years (as the pandemic taught us).
I love the changes here, but hate the timeline…
LOT Polish Airlines will finally be introducing new cabins on its Boeing 787. This is exciting news, especially in business class, where the new cabins look like a massive improvement over the current cabins.
The only bad news is that this work will only start in the second half of 2026 (three years from now), and there are currently only plans for 787-8s to be reconfigured, and not 787-9s.
What do you make of LOT’s new Boeing 787 cabins?