WARSAW Dec 10 Polish flagship carrier LOT
has agreed with U.S. plane maker Boeing on
compensation for the faults that grounded its 787 Dreamliner
jets, Treasury Minister Wlodzimierz Karpinski was quoted as
saying by local media on Tuesday.
Karpinski did not say whether Boeing agreed to pay the
compensation in cash or lower lease rates for the Dreamliners,
but said the deal was "satisfactory" for LOT.
The Polish flag airline, which has struggled for years with
huge operating losses, has estimated the cost of Dreamliner
problems at 100 million zlotys ($32.1 million).
"We signed an agreement that regulates issues related to our
usage of the Dreamliners," Karpinski told daily Rzeczpospolita.
"I cannot offer any details, however, this is classified. I can
only say we are satisfied."
LOT, one of the world's oldest airlines, is one of 13
carriers that fly the 787, a plane that was to be a game-changer
for the aviation industry because its use of lighter materials
promises 20 percent savings in fuel consumption.
Poland had been banking on the acquisition of Dreamliner
jets from Boeing to improve its fortunes. But those aircraft
have been repeatedly grounded due to technical problems.
Just last week a Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by LOT was
grounded in Chicago after strong winds on a flight from Warsaw
to the United States damaged its spoiler.
Karpinski also reiterated that Warsaw, to help its aviation
industry fare better, could merge its airline firms into a
single holding, which would combine assets of LOT, airports and
other firms worth around 2.5 billion euros. The
holding could then be privatised.