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.

On the way to the gate

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

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


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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