Eurolot

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Eurolot
Eurolot logo.png
IATA
K2
ICAO
ELO
Callsign
EUROLOT
Founded 1996
Hubs John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport
Warsaw Chopin Airport
Fleet size 14
Destinations 20
Company slogan "Zawsze z klasą"-"Always classy"
Parent company State Treasury of Poland (62.1%)
Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia (37.9%)
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people Mariusz Dąbrowski (CEO)
Bartłomiej Matusewicz (Vice President)
Website www.eurolot.com

Eurolot S.A. (previously styled as EuroLOT) is an airline based in Warsaw, Poland. 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.[1] Apart from its own flights under the eurolot.com brand, it operates short-haul flights for LOT,[2]as well as ad-hoc charter flights. Its main base is Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (when operating for LOT), whilst its own flights centre around its hubs at John Paul II Kraków Airport and Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport.[3] The airline has its head office in the LOT Polish Airlines headquarters in Warsaw.[4][5]

History[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.[citation needed] As of March 2007, it had 278 employees.

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.[6]

Destinations[edit]

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

Eurolot serves the following destinations as of September 2013:[7]

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 * [7] - -
Beauvais  France BVA LFOB Beauvais–Tillé Airport * [7] 09/2013 -
Brussels  Belgium BRU EBBR Brussels Airport * [7] 04/2014 -
Cologne/Bonn  Germany CGN EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport * [7] -
Dortmund  Germany DTM EDLW Dortmund Airport * [7] -
Dubrovnik  Croatia DBV LDDU Dubrovnik Airport * [7] - seasonal
Frankfurt  Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport * - present
Gdańsk  Poland GDN EPGD Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport † * [7] - present
Helsinki  Finland HEL EFHK Helsinki Airport * [7] - present
Heringsdorf  Germany HDF EDAH Heringsdorf Airport * [7] - seasonal
Katowice  Poland KTW EPKT Katowice International Airport * - present
Kraków  Poland KRK EPKK John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice † * [7] - present
Lublin  Poland LUZ EPLB Lublin Airport * [7] - seasonal
Milan  Italy MXP LIMC Malpensa Airport * [7] from 28 February -
Munich  Germany MUC EDDM Munich Airport * - present
Poznań  Poland POZ EPPO Poznań-Ławica Airport * [7] - present
Riga  Latvia RIX EVRA Riga International Airport * - present
Rome  Italy FCO LIRF Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport * [7] 09/2013 -
Rzeszów  Poland RZE EPRZ Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport * [7] - present
Salzburg  Austria SZG LOWS Salzburg Airport * [7] - seasonal
Split  Croatia SPU LDSP Split Airport * [7] - seasonal
Szczecin  Poland SZZ EPSC Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport * - present
Tallinn  Estonia TLL EETL Tallinn Airport * - present
Vienna  Austria VIE LOWW Vienna International Airport * - present
Vilnius  Lithuania VNO EYVI Vilnius International Airport * - present
Warsaw  Poland WAW EPWA Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport * [7] 1997 present
Wrocław  Poland WRO EPWR Copernicus Airport Wrocław * [7] - present
Zadar  Croatia ZAD LDZD Zadar Airport * [7] - seasonal
Zürich   Switzerland ZRH LSZH Zürich Airport * [7] - -

Fleet[edit]

A Eurolot Bombardier Q400

As of October 2013, the Eurolot fleet consists of the following aircraft[8] with an average age of 6.6 years:[9]

Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Notes
Bombardier Q400 11 3 6 78 6 serve LOT routes.[10]
6 out of 12 options are converted into firm orders[11]
Embraer 175 3 0 0 82 One dry-leased by LOT, 2 operated for the Polish Government
McDonnell Douglas MD-80 1 0 0 172 Leased from Swiftair S.A. for charter flights in summer season 2014
Airbus A320-200 3 0 0 180 To be operated for polish new charter airline 4you Airlines in summer season 2014 until they will receive AOC certificate. It will be operated under Eurolot S.A. callsign k2.[12]
Total 18 3 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "" Eurolot: History". Retrieved on 2 June 2013
  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. ^ Airliner World: 7. May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v [1]
  8. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=K2
  9. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Eurolot.htm
  10. ^ http://eurolot.com/en/news/newslist,14.html
  11. ^ Eurolot converts six Bombardier Q400 options to firm orders
  12. ^ http://eurolot.com/news/newslist,802.html

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