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Blue1

Blue1
IATA ICAO Callsign
KF BLF BLUEFINN
Founded 1987
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program EuroBonus
Airport lounge Scandinavian Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Regional member 2004–2009
Full member 2009-2012
Fleet size 2
Destinations 28
Parent company CityJet
Headquarters Vantaa, Finland
Key people Janne Hattula, CEO
Employees 350
Website blue1charter.fi

Blue1 Ltd (Finnish: Blue1 Oy) [1] is a Finnish airline, owned by the Scandinavian Airlines System Aktiebolag and later by CityJet, with its hub at Copenhagen Airport. Blue1 flies to around 28[2] destinations in Finland, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. It carried over 1.7 million passengers in 2011.[2] The airline was a member of Star Alliance and has its head office in Vantaa.[3][4][5]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Development since 2004 1.2
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
    • Current fleet 3.1
    • Retired fleet 3.2
  • Onboard services 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Early years

Air Botnia Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante at Helsinki Vantaa in 1994.
Blue1 head office in Vantaa

The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia, flying Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes on night cargo flights and on passenger services from Helsinki to Kauhajoki and Seinäjoki.[6] It started to supplement its unpressurised Bandeirantes with leased British Aerospace Jetstream 31s in 1993, but cash flow problems in the summer of 1995 caused British Aerospace to repossess the Jetstreams and brought Air Botnia to the point of bankruptcy, with last minute negotiations needed to save the airline, which continued operations in a reduced scale.[7]

The airline was purchased by SAS Group in January 1998, with the new owners re-equipping the airline, replacing its Jetstreams with Saab 340s later that year, and receiving its first jets, Fokker F28 Fellowships in 1999. The elderly F28s were soon replaced as their high noise levels restricted operations, with Avro RJ85s being received in 2001, with its Saab 340s being replaced by larger Saab 2000s at the same time.[8]

Development since 2004

Air Botnia was renamed Blue1 in January 2004,[9] and joined the Star Alliance as the first regional member on 3 November 2004. Blue1 became a full member of the Star Alliance on 1 January 2010/2009. Blue1 left the Star Alliance in November 2012 and became an affiliate of Scandinavian Airlines.

In 2005 Blue1 became the second largest Finnish airline with more than 100 daily flights and biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia. In 2006 Blue1 started 10 new nonstop routes to Europe increasing its total capacity by more than 50%. In 2008 Blue1 moved its London operations from Stansted to Heathrow Airport, and undertook strong expansion on domestic business routes. In 2009 new routes to Lapland, including Paris-Kittilä were opened for the winter season and routes to Biarritz, Dubrovnik and Split for summer travel.

Blue1 was the first network airline in Northern Europe to be granted ISO 14001 environmental certificate.[10] On 1 November 2012, Blue1 became a service producer for SAS. This means that marketing and sales are now handled by SAS (including the use of the SAS internet domain name), and its flights carry the SAS flight prefix "SK".

In March 2015, it was announced that Blue1 will sell their entire fleet of [12]

In October 2015, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced to sell Blue1 to CityJet which however will continue to operate the company on behalf of SAS as part of a larger cooperation.[13]

Destinations

Fleet

A Blue1 Boeing 717-200

Current fleet

As of May 2015, the Blue1 fleet consists of the following aircraft:[14][15]

Retired fleet

A former Blue1 Avro RJ85
A former Blue1 McDonnell Douglas MD-90

Blue1 has also operated the following aircraft types:

Onboard services

Blue1 offers two service classes, Economy and Economy Extra (previously Blue1 Premium).[16]

  • Economy Class: Coffee and tea are included on all Blue1 operated flights. Sandwiches and other drinks are available for purchase from "Cafe1".[17] Flights with very short flight time may have reduced service.
  • Economy Extra: Fast Track security and Business Class check-in is included where available.

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Annual Report 2011 sasannualreport2011.com Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Blue1 Head office." blue1. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Privacy Policy." Blue1. Retrieved 25 February 2010. "or by visiting Rahtitie 3, 01530 Vantaa in person, where also the description of the data file is available for review."
  6. ^ Pagiola 2004, p. 42.
  7. ^ Pagliola 2004, pp. 42–43.
  8. ^ Pagiola 2004, p. 44.
  9. ^ Pagliola 2004, p. 45.
  10. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  11. ^ a b http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/35651-finlands-blue-to-offload-b717-fleet-to-volotea-delta
  12. ^ http://www.flygtorget.se/Aktuellt/Artikel/?Id=11085
  13. ^ businesswire.com - SAS Enters into Agreements with Cityjet for Wet Lease and Sale of Blue1 1 October 2015
  14. ^ a b c d e f
  15. ^ Blue1 aircraft types
  16. ^
  17. ^
  • Pagiola, Stefano. "Stars In Their Eyes: Finland's Blue 1 Regional Airline". Air International, Vol 67 No 4. pp. 42–45.

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