Eurolot

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Eurolot
Eurolot.svg
IATA
K2
ICAO
ELO
Callsign
EUROLOT
Founded 1996
Ceased operations 31 March 2015
Hubs
Fleet size 14
Destinations 20
Company slogan "Zawsze z klasą."
"Always classy."
Parent company
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people
  • Mariusz Dąbrowski (CEO)
  • Bartłomiej Matusewicz (Vice President)
Website eurolot.com

Eurolot S.A. (previously styled as EuroLOT) was[1] a Polish regional airline based in Warsaw. Apart from its own flights under the eurolot.com brand, it operated short-haul flights for LOT Polish Airlines,[2] as well as ad-hoc charter flights. Its main base was Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (when operating for LOT), whilst its own flights centre on its hubs at John Paul II Kraków Airport and Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport.[3] The airline had its head office in the LOT Polish Airlines headquarters in Warsaw.[4][5] Eurolot ended operations on 31 March 2015.[6][1]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

EuroLOT was established on 19 December 1996 and commenced regular air operations on 1 July 1997. Initially EuroLOT operated as an air carrier with its own network of connections. At that time EuroLOT’s fleet was made up of turboprop aircraft: 5 owned ATR 42-300 and 8 ATR 72-202 leased from LOT together with aircrew. Between 1998 and 2000 EuroLOT also operated two 18-seat BAe Jetstream 31 aircraft. The primary task of EuroLOT was to reconstruct the network of domestic and regional flights while reducing operational costs and to create new value in the field of domestic air transport.

In 2000 the company ceased to be an independent carrier and became an operator. In the same year EuroLOT took over all ATR aircraft from LOT. In 2002 EuroLOT began to modernize its fleet by replacing ATR 42-300 with newer ATR 42-500. As of March 2007, it had 278 employees.

Later development[edit]

Established as a wholly owned subsidiary of LOT Polish Airlines, its current main shareholder is the State Treasury with 62.1% of shares, while Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia is the minority shareholder with 37.9% shares.[7] During the 2011 summer season, after the State Treasury acquired the majority of its shares, the airline started flying Polish regional routes under the eurolot.com brand, in addition to operating flights for LOT. Starting in December 2011, Eurolot introduced flights from Gdańsk and Warsaw to Poprad, Slovakia in addition to expanding rapidly in domestic market.[3]

In 2012, Eurolot placed an order of 8 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, which were aimed at replacing the old ATR fleet. In 2014 Eurolot were considering the wet lease of a LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner with which to launch services to South East Asia as part of a larger LOT restructuring.[8] However, this plan did not materialize.

On 6 February 2015, it was announced that the company would be going into liquidation after struggling with financial problems, and will end operations effective 31 March 2015.[9][1] LOT Polish Airlines picked up some of Eurolot's connections re-leasing post-Eurolot aircraft.[10]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Eurolot had codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of July 2014:

Destinations[edit]

The head office of LOT Polish Airlines, where Eurolot had its head office as well
A former Eurolot ATR 72-202

Eurolot served the following destinations as of September 2014:[12]

Hub
* Operated by Eurolot for LOT Polish Airlines
* Served by Eurolot and LOT Polish Airlines
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Ref Commenced End
Amsterdam  Netherlands AMS EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol * [12] - 31 March 2015
Beauvais  France BVA LFOB Beauvais–Tillé Airport * [12] 09/2013 31 March 2015
Brussels  Belgium BRU EBBR Brussels Airport * [12] 04/2014 31 March 2015
Bydgoszcz  Poland BZG EPBY Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport [12] 31 March 2015
Chișinău  Moldova KIV LUKK Chișinău International Airport * [12] 26 October 2014 31 March 2015
Dubrovnik  Croatia DBV LDDU Dubrovnik Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Düsseldorf  Germany FRA EDDF Düsseldorf Airport * [12] 26 October 2014 31 March 2015
Frankfurt  Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport * - 31 March 2015
Gdańsk  Poland GDN EPGD Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport † * [12] - 31 March 2015
Helsinki  Finland HEL EFHK Helsinki Airport [12] - 31 March 2015
Heringsdorf  Germany HDF EDAH Heringsdorf Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Katowice  Poland KTW EPKT Katowice International Airport * - 31 March 2015
Kraków  Poland KRK EPKK John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice † * [12] - 31 March 2015
Lublin  Poland LUZ EPLB Lublin Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Milan  Italy MXP LIMC Malpensa Airport * [12] 28 February 2014 31 March 2015
Munich  Germany MUC EDDM Munich Airport * - 31 March 2015
Paris  France CDG EHAM Charles de Gaulle Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Poznań  Poland POZ EPPO Poznań-Ławica Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Riga  Latvia RIX EVRA Riga International Airport * - 31 March 2015
Rome  Italy FCO LIRF Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport * [12] 09/2013 31 March 2015
Rzeszów  Poland RZE EPRZ Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Salzburg  Austria SZG LOWS Salzburg Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Split  Croatia SPU LDSP Split Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Stuttgart  Germany STR EDDS Stuttgart Airport * [12] 26 October 2014 31 March 2015
Szczecin  Poland SZZ EPSC Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport * - 31 March 2015
Tallinn  Estonia TLL EETL Tallinn Airport * - 31 March 2015
Vienna  Austria VIE LOWW Vienna International Airport * - 31 March 2015
Vilnius  Lithuania VNO EYVI Vilnius International Airport * - 31 March 2015
Warsaw  Poland WAW EPWA Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport * [12] 1997 31 March 2015
Wrocław  Poland WRO EPWR Copernicus Airport Wrocław * [12] - 31 March 2015
Zadar  Croatia ZAD LDZD Zadar Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015
Zagreb  Croatia ZAG LDZA Zagreb Airport * [12] 26 October 2014 31 March 2015
Zürich   Switzerland ZRH LSZH Zürich Airport * [12] - 31 March 2015

Fleet[edit]

A Eurolot Bombardier Q400

As of November 2014, the Eurolot fleet consisted of the following aircraft[13] with an average age of 2.3 years for the Q400's:[14]

Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Notes
Bombardier Q400 11 3 6 78 6 served LOT routes. Were transferred to LOT.[15]
6 out of 12 options were converted into firm orders[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/35063-eurolot-to-be-liquidated-will-suspend-operations-from-march-31
  2. ^ "O Eurolot" Eurolot. Retrieved on 18 April 2012
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 79. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us." EuroLOT. Retrieved on 26 December 2012. "Eurolot SA ul.17 Stycznia 39 00-906 Warszawa"
  5. ^ "LOT Offices." LOT Polish Airlines. Retrieved on 26 March 2012. "Address: ul. 17 Stycznia 39 00-906 Warszawa"
  6. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/02/06/k2-s15/
  7. ^ "" Eurolot: History". Retrieved on 2 June 2013
  8. ^ Airliner World: 7. May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/02/06/k2-s15/
  10. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/35233-lot-polish-airlines-to-assume-several-eurolot-routes-from-april/
  11. ^ "LOT i Eurolot na jednym bilecie". pasazer.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z [1]
  13. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=K2
  14. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Eurolot.htm
  15. ^ http://eurolot.com/en/news/newslist,14.html
  16. ^ Eurolot converts six Bombardier Q400 options to firm orders

External links[edit]

Media related to Eurolot at Wikimedia Commons