LOT Polish Airlines and Star Alliance set course for 2009
The senior management of LOT Polish Airlines and Star Alliance recently agreed upon a joint action plan for 2009, during a meeting that took place in Warsaw.
Dariusz Nowak, LOT CEO, summarized the results by saying: "Being a member of the largest and most experienced airline alliance has always been of value. Particularly now, in times of growing global economic concerns, the alliance will prove its strategic importance to LOT."
"In addition to the far reaching customer benefits that our alliance offers to all LOT passengers", said Jaan Albrecht, Star Alliance CEO, "we are also able to create benefits that positively affect the bottom line of our member airlines. Consistent high service quality, revenue generation and cost reduction are the name of the game."
Both teams agreed that developing "Warsaw Frederic Chopin" into a modern and passenger-pleasing hub airport in the centre of Europe must remain of top priority. Star Alliance will continue to contribute its experience gained in similar expansion projects in Asia, Europe and North America.
In addressing the global interest of the growing corporate travel market Dariusz Nowak, LOT CEO said: "Polish companies have successfully exploited their market opportunities around the world. It is LOT's role to support their business success by providing competitively priced, fast and convenient connections into all the big business centres around the globe."
In this context, it was agreed to further strengthen the offer to corporate customers in the Polish market with the help of the dedicated Star Alliance Corporate Plus product.
Poland has over the past year attracted a series of worldwide congresses to be held in its substantial and modern conference and convention facilities. As global connections are essential, the action plan aims to further enhance Polish activities in the Star Alliance Conventions Plus product that caters for these events and has already proven very successful in the local market.
Work has started on an array of initiatives that promise to allow LOT to save additional costs by participating in the alliance's joint sourcing project, such as buying fuel, spare parts or other consumables, through joint contracting of service providers.
Both sides agreed to continue the intense exchange of ideas in regular intervals. Dariusz Nowak, LOT CEO concludes: "We are confident, that these strategic initiatives will create additional and sizeable value for LOT and its customers in a very short timeframe."