March 24, 2021 / Today LOT Polish Airlines (LO) has been the first European full-service carrier to reintroduce the Boeing 737 MAX on a commercial flight, following the grounding of the type in March 2019, as flight LO483 took off from Warsaw (WAW) bound for Oslo (OSL). The service has been operated by SP-LVD, a 2.8 years old MAX 8 carrying “Proud of Poland’s Indipendence” colours.
LOT has five MAXs in the fleet out of a total of 11 Boeing 737 flown (all the others being of the -800 series) and, according to planespotters.net, has eight more of the type due to arrive. All are fitted with a 186 seats cabin where Business and Economy are separated by a curtain. The airline had received the first MAX in December 2017.
The first European airline to take back to the skies the MAX, following EASA re-certification and approval, had been TUIfly on February 17 with a service connecting Bruxelles (BRU) to Malaga (AGP). (Photo Natalia Zvereva)