LOT Business, Budapest – Warsaw Chopin, Embraer E170 : Very decent

I leave the lounge at the scheduled boarding time and head for the gate to the right of the duty-free area.

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On the way to the gate

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1LoungeSalon Plaza Premium, London Heathrow Terminal 2 (not reviewed, but similar review herei)
2FlightLOT Business, London Heathrow – Warsaw Chopin, Boeing 737 MAX 8
3LoungeLOT Business Lounge Polonez, Warsaw
4FlightLOT Business, Warsaw Chopin – Budapest, Embraer E170
5HotelHotel Memories, Budapest
6LoungeMastercard lounge, Budapest
7FlightLOT Business Budapest – Warsaw Chopin, Embraer E170
8LoungeLOT Business Lounge Mazurek, Warsaw
9FlightLOT Business Warsaw Chopin – London Heathrow, Boeing 737 MAX 8
Today’s itinerary

Boarding

When I arrive at the gate, I see that boarding still hasn’t started. The aircraft had indeed arrived late from its previous flight from Warsaw.

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Pole position in the boarding queue for Warsaw
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Priorities are clearly indicated

Boarding starts about 15 minutes after the scheduled time, and I’ll be the first to board.

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For once, something other than HSBC advertising…

Cabin and welcome

As this is a regional aircraft, and since LOT treats its passages well, the Business cabin is in 1-1 configuration. So I’ll be in seat 1A, which will be mine for this leg to Warsaw.

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A very local neighbor

The cabin is a traditional Embraer one, with comfortable seats and a very acceptable pitch, both in row 1 and in the other rows.

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The pitch, not too bad on this aircraft at row 1

Bottles of water and disinfectant wipes will be distributed before the ride.

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There’s a logo on the bulkhead.

Service and catering

The service starts a few minutes after the seatbelt sign is switched off.

It’s a small platter, accompanied for my part by wine and a bottle of sparkling water.

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Very decent for a flight of less than an hour

Very good for such a short flight, i.e. less than an hour. A refill of wine and water will be offered when the tray is picked up, which I will decline.

Arrival and disembarkation

We landed in Warsaw in fine weather, which was not to last.

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Overview of the Hungarian countryside before landing

All arrivals in Warsaw are handled by bus, so I take this bus to the arrivals area, but as I’m from the Schengen area, I won’t have to go through security again. All I have to do is show my ticket and vaccination certificate.

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There’s no doubt about it: we’re in Warsaw!

Bottom line

A very, very good flight for such a short distance. LOT does the job.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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