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Company owned by the state and local authorities called Linie Lotnicze lot Sp. z o.o. was established on December 29, 1928 as a result of far-reaching changes in Polish air transport introduced by the Department of Civil Aviation at the Ministry of Communication. The changes involved closing all previously operating national aviation companies, which were merged into one structure functioning up till now. The company started operating on January 1, 1929. Back then LOT’s fleet included Junkers F 13 and Fokker F.VIIa/1m airplanes. In the same year a contest for the graphic symbol of the new company was held. Tadeusz Gronowski, an artist and graphic designer from Warsaw won the contest. His logo shows a stylized flying crane.
In 1931 the graphic symbol was approved and was recognized as the official logo of the company. It is still treated as the company’s logo and has become the oldest civil aviation symbol in the world. The adjective “Polskie” (Polish) was later added to the name of the company.
From the very start PLL LOT focused on the development of its network of connections. In fact, at one point Polish airlines offered the second-biggest network of connections, right behind Air France. Plans for regular flights to USA, or South America were becoming real at that time. First experimental flight of LOT’s crew on a route from USA to Poland took place in 1938. Polish aviators flew in a Lockheed L-14 Super Electra SP-LMK airplane bought at that time by the company.
Now the airplanes of PLL LOT reach 81 airports in 42 countries and among them there are also the most advanced airplanes. In 2012 LOT became the first European and second carrier in the world, after All Nippon Airways, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplanes. On October 30, 2014 PLL LOT set a new record of flight duration with Boeing 787. The flight on the route from Warsaw to Antofagasta took 14 hours and 30 minutes.
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