LOT Polish Airlines, the first airline to offer direct all-cargo flights from Poland to North America, has added a new seasonal route between New York and Warsaw. The service is an ACMI lease provided by Canadian cargo carrier Cargojet Airways, which will use one of its 767-300Fs for the flights.
Weekly departures from New York’s JFK airport will be on Saturdays, and from Warsaw on Sundays in January and March. For February, two flights per week are planned, with an additional flight from Warsaw departing on Thursdays. This move to freighter service was deemed necessary because fewer passenger flights are scheduled during the winter, resulting in less belly space available for cargo and mail shipments.
This isn’t the first time LOT has partnered with Cargojet. In 2012 it started twice-weekly freighter service between Chicago and Katowice, Poland, and in November 2009 LOT signed an ACMI lease with Cargojet for service between Toronto and Katowice.
LOT Polish Airlines is the flag carrier of Poland, with its home base in Warsaw. It was established in 1929 and is one of the world’s oldest airlines still flying. Cargojet Airways, based in Mississauga, Ontario, established in 2002, has 23 Boeing aircraft in its fleet.