Did You know – History of LOT Polish Airlines Livery


This year LOT Polish Airlines counts 90 years of operations and is one of the oldest airlines in the world. Throughout these years the airline has gained an impressive amount of experience and reached great milestones. One of the main things distinguishing the airline is their logo and aircraft livery. Here is some interesting information about LOT Polish Airlines.

Polish aviation history starts in the early 1920 when the first aviation route linking Warsaw with the world was inaugurated and the following year the first regular flight Poznan-Warsaw was in operation. In several upcoming years new routes to Gdansk, Lviv, Lodz appeared while 1928 saw fundamental changes in Polish air transport that resulted in closing all private aviation companies and establishing a self-governing state enterprise LOT Airlines Ltd.

In 1929 the airline announced a competition for the company’s logo. A visual artist Tadeusz Lucjan Gronowski became the winner of the contest. He proposed an interpretative visualization of a crane in full flight. The artist managed to create a modern, widespread-use logo, which became a recognizable corporate visual identity of the airline. In 1931 aircraft livery with the crane was officially accepted.

After almost 50 years a team of visual artists Duszek and Andzrej Zbrozek worked together to create a new image of the fleet: a plane painted in white, the forward section of the fuselage bearing the name ‘LOT’ in large letters in forward-sloping italic, and the empennage carrying the ‘crane’ livery and the Polish flag.

Another exciting moment in the airline’s visual representation was in 2018, when the airline presented its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in unique and special livery in white and red. The livery was designed for a special occasion as the airline commemorated the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.