Polish airline launches Chicago-Warsaw flights on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

A 787 production plane built for LOT Polish Airlines lands in Seattle after a Boeing demonstration flight on April 5. (AP/The Herald/Mark Mulligan/File)

Mark Mulligan

LOT Polish Airlines is getting to use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its Chicago-to-Warsaw service.

Smoldering batteries on two 787s prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the planes Jan. 16, the day the service was to be launched.

Dominic Bernardo is head of U.S. sales for LOT. Bernardo said Wednesday he trusts the engineers of Boeing.

Echoing that sentiment was passenger Ron Kulig, who had a ticket for the January flight. Kulig told the Chicago Sun-Times he had faith in Boeing, adding the company “wouldn’t allow the plane to fly if it didn’t work.”

LOT officials gave reporters a tour of the plane, showing off bigger windows and its premium economy class, which has more seat and leg room. One LOT executive boasted; “Welcome to the future.”

Boeing assembles the 787 in North Charleston and Everett, Wash. The LOT jet was made in Everett, which is near Seattle.