LOT Polish Airlines - 787 Business Class Review
Toronto to Warsaw
This review is coming direct from the LOT Business Class Lounge in Warsaw. I just got off my flight and I am in transit to Stockholm. Business Class on LOT was a real surprise. The seats, service and catering were all top-notch. Here is my review of my experience:
LOT Airlines - At the Airport
Checkin was painless. LOT has two dedicated counters for Business and Premium Class passengers in Toronto. Unfortunately -- I could not use the expedited security lines at Terminal one. Luckily, everything moved fast.
LOT passengers can use the Air Canada International Lounge. This is a fantastic facility with tons of food and beverage options. My favorite is always the mushroom pasta!
Tonights flight was a little delayed due to the late arrival of the aircraft - and for some reason there was a lot of confusion around the wheelchair passengers. Once onboard though, I was immediately impressed with both the crew and the cabin. The flight attendants were super-welcoming and cheerful. This really set the tone for the rest of the flight.
As soon as I was settled in, I was offered a champagne and an amuse bouche. It was a delicious! I was tempted to ask for a second one - but I wanted to save space for the feast that I knew was ahead.
I loved LOT's seats! For those of you who have flown Turkish Airlines - they are exactly the same (with different colors). There was a massive amount of space between rows and plenty of storage space. The seating controls were easy to use -- and once I was ready for sleep - the seat went fully flat. They had great linens - and I found the seat to be super comfortable and roomy.
I have to admit - I was a bit worried that the catering on-board would not be that great - -but I was completely wrong. The food was delicious and there was a number of options to pick from. (Starting my diet earlier in the week was a mistake).
I started the night off with a chilled glass of champagne: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve A.O.C which is always a great glass of bubbly. LOT had six wine options for dinner. I went for a chardonnay from France (La Foret Bourgogne). I love oaky chards- and this one was aged just right! After dinner, I tried something I have never had before: Mead. It's a honey based libation - that tasted like a desert wine. It was so delicious that I had to have a second. The purser tried to talk me into trying Polish Blackberry Shots after all that - but I had to pass.
The first course on tonight's flight was Gravlax salmon served with shrimps and cocktail sauce. The salmon basically melted in my mouth - - it was perfect!
For my main - I had baked cod with spinach and mozzarella agnoletti which was super tasty. The fish was cooked to perfection - - which isn't that easy to do on an airplane. I would definitely order it again.
By the time the dessert cart came out -- I had to limit myself to cheese (and my mead). There was lots to choose from though. The cart was piled high with cakes, sweets, liquors, and ice cream (At this point the diet was official over - or at least on hold).
I wasn't that hungry as we neared the coast of Poland and I opted for the continental breakfast. I could have had a full-on meal though with a cheese omelette, chicken sausages and potatoes....and some people did!
Unfortunately, all of the fun an glamour stopped upon arrival in Warsaw. It was a complete madhouse. Three wide bodies worth of people were crammed into the passport control lines - and the staff were completely overwhelmed. The lines did not move fast - as there was a plane load of people who needed extra processing (fingerprints, visas, etc) . It took about an hour to clear - and I was one of the lucky ones as I was close to a line when it opened. LOT does not offer a Fast Track for their business customers. I hope it's not the same on the way back as I only have a two hour connection.
I really enjoyed LOT's business class - and I would definitely fly them again. The service was super cheerful, the food tasted and looked great, and the seats were heavenly. (The arrival was a nightmare - but I am going to ignore that for now).