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Blue Air is a Romanian airline headquartered in Bucharest,[1] with its main hubs at Henri Coandă International Airport and Turin Airport. Since 2016, it has become the largest Romanian airline by scheduled passengers flown.[2] In 2017, Blue Air carried over 5 million passengers, a 40% increase over the 3.6 million passengers flown the previous year.[3] As of May 2017, Blue Air flies to 104 destinations.[4]

Blue Air
Blue-Air logo-01.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
0B BMS BLUE MESSENGER
Founded2004
Commenced operations2004
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programMy Blue
Fleet size26
Destinationsover 100
HeadquartersBucharest, Romania
Key peopleMarius Puiu, CEO
RevenueIncrease €415 million (2017)
Operating incomeDecrease €32.3 million (2017)
Employees1250
Websitewww.blueairweb.com

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HistoryEdit

Blue Air started operating in December 2004. Blue Air initially operated domestic and international flights, although domestic services were soon discontinued due to low sales and competition from TAROM as well as Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian rail company. Blue Air resumed domestic operations in 2015 starting with Bucharest-Iasi flights, followed by further routes in 2016.[citation needed]

On 12 April 2013, Blue Air's management announced that the airline was for sale.[5] On 17 May 2013, the company was purchased by four Romanian shareholders, and BlueAir Transport Aerian SA's flight operations were transferred to Blue Air - Airline Management Solution SRL, a company that bailed the business out with EUR 30 million.[citation needed]

The airline transported 1.5 million passengers in 2014, an increase from the 1.35 million passengers in 2013.[6] In 2015, the airline transported for the first time more than 2 million passengers.[7] With a total of 25 new routes announced for 2016, the airline forecasts carrying close to three million passengers in 2016.[8]

Blue Air became a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on 19 January 2016.[9] Furthermore, Blue Air received the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification in December 2015,[10] and is a member of the ICH (IATA Clearing House).[11]

In March 2017 Blue Air started a base in Liverpool John Lennon Airport operating to 8 destinations across Europe. Blue Air also created a 'welcome to Liverpool' Livery for their Boeing 737-800 Aircraft (YR-BMH).[12] This aircraft included slogans such as 'Cool city, Warm welcome' and 'Liverpool Music city' to help use the aircraft to promote its new base in Liverpool, England by flying this logo jet across Europe. This aircraft is also the only full special livery aircraft within the Blue Air fleet. In July 2017, Blue Air exchanged the aircraft in Larnaca International Airport, Cyprus for a smaller Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

Since November 2017, with the entry into force of the Territorial Continuity in Sardinia, Blue Air connects the Alghero airport with the Rome-Fiumicino Airport, route operated in the past by Alitalia. The airline, following a conference held at Alghero Airport in early November, announced that the Riviera del Corallo became his fourth international base of operations, after those in Torino, Liverpool and Larnaca.

In January 2018, Blue Air launched a new subsidiary in Czech Republic known as Blue Air Moravia. The airline should have commenced operations in March 2018, however, this will likely not happen due to some issues between the company and the Czech authorities.[13]

Low-cost airline Blue Air expects a turnover of EUR400 million in 2017 and to carry approximately five million passengers, which translates into an increase of over 35% for both indicators compared with 2016, said the company’s general manager Gheorghe Racaru.

Business trendsEdit

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Turnover (€m) 24 50 95 124 140 150 149 137 135 150 203 300 415
Number of passengers (m) - - - 1.1 1.72 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.37 1.6 2.05 3.6 5.1
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 4 5 6 10 8 8 8 8 11 15 24 29
Notes/sources [14] [15] [14] [15] [14] [14] [14] [14] [14] [14] [14][16] [14][17] [17][18] [19][17]

OperationsEdit

BasesEdit

Blue Air has used Bucharest as its primary hub for most of its history. Initially, the airline's hub was located at the Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (Băneasa) until the airport became overcrowded and was increasingly surrounded by urban development, this fact leading to the airport's closure for commercial airlines in 2012. (The airport was not closed officially, but the operating taxes for airlines were suddenly increased until no airline could afford them.[20]) As a result, all airlines moved their operations to Bucharest's largest airport, the Henri Coandă International Airport (Otopeni). The company uses this airport as its primary hub.

As of 26 November 2018, the other bases of Blue Air are:[21]

  • Bacău International Airport, with one aircraft.[26] Blue Air Transport Aerian (the original owner) got a concession contract[when?] for 50 years of private administration of the airport, which needed urgent investments that the company engaged to complete, but not even 10% of them were done in the following two years. Blue Air is now the only airline operating from the airport.[citation needed]
  • Alghero Airport, its ninth base, also opened in 2017,[28] with one aircraft based[29]

DestinationsEdit

Blue Air has been operating for 13 years and now offers flights to 70+ scheduled destinations in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, under its own brand and with the slogan "Follow your dreams and fly", Blue Air operates charter flights on behalf of leading tour operators and holiday destinations throughout Europe and West Asia, mainly the Mediterranean region.[citation needed]

Starting on 25 October 2015 the company has also inaugurated daily scheduled domestic flights. Daily services are currently being provided between Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Iasi, Oradea and Timisoara.[30]

FleetEdit

 
Blue Air Boeing 737-400 wearing the former livery

In July 2013, the company reportedly had the second oldest fleet of an airline based in Europe, with an average of 20.5 years.[31] This consisted mainly of used aircraft acquired or leased from other companies.[32] However, the company declared that it has been and will be retiring its Boeing 737 Classic aircraft, in exchange for the brand new Boeing 737 MAX models ordered, and that due to this process it will no longer extend its fleet.[33]

As of November 2018, the Blue Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[34][35][36]

Blue Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 141
148
Boeing 737-400 2 150
162
168
Boeing 737-500 6 120
126
Boeing 737-700 1 144
Boeing 737-800 15 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 12[37] TBA Deliveries 2019-2021.[37]
Total 26 12

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Blue Air codeshares with the following airlines:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Compania aeriană românească Blue Air a depăşit pragul de 5 milioane de pasageri | Ziarul Financiar". www.zf.ro. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. ^ Stefan, Teodor (21 January 2018). "Peste 5 milioane de pasageri au ales Blue Air in 2017". Aeronews.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Compania aeriană românească Blue Air a depăşit pragul de 5 milioane de pasageri | Ziarul Financiar". www.zf.ro. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
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  6. ^ "BLUE AIR ESTIMEAZĂ CĂ A TRANSPORTAT 1,5 MILIOANE DE PASAGERI ÎN 2014 - NEWS AIR" (in Romanian). 6 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Peste 2 milioane de pasageri transportati de Blue Air in 2015". T2T.ro (in Romanian). 23 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  8. ^ dcnews (8 July 2016). "Blue Air "suflă" în ceafa TAROM" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  9. ^ "Blue Air joins IATA - Airlines International Blue Air joins IATA". IATA.org official. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Blue Air a primit certificarea IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)". T2T.ro (in Romanian). 3 December 2015.
  11. ^ IATA Clearing House Members List
  12. ^ "YR-BMH". www.jetphotos.com. 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ Blue Air Moravia
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "10 ani de Blue Air. Compania închide anul 2014 pe profit şi cu afaceri de 150 de milioane de euro". Economica.net (in Romanian). Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Blue Air Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  16. ^ "O companie aeriană din România e în top cinci mondial al operatorilor low-cost cu cele mai vechi avioane".
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  18. ^ "Afacerile Blue Air au depăşit pentru prima dată pragul de 200 de milioane de euro în 2015".
  19. ^ Insider, Romania (16 March 2017). "Romanian airline Blue Air records EUR 300 million turnover in 2016".
  20. ^ "Închiderea aeroportului Băneasa dezvăluie o comoară imobiliară de un miliard de euro" (in Romanian). Ziarul Financiar. 5 March 2012.
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  23. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airports/lca/arrivals
  24. ^ http://www.newsair.ro/blue-air-profita-de-falimentul-cyprus-airways-si-deschide-baza-la-larnaca.html
  25. ^ "LJLA to become Blue Air's latest European base bringing more flights, more international visitors and more jobs at LJLA". Liverpool Airport.
  26. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airports/bcm/arrivals
  27. ^ "Compania aeriană românească Blue Air a depăşit pragul de 5 milioane de pasageri" (in Romanian). Ziarul Financiar. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  28. ^ https://www.mediafax.ro/economic/compania-aeriana-romaneasca-blue-air-a-depasit-pragul-de-5-milioane-de-pasageri-16941623
  29. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airports/aho/arrivals
  30. ^ "Bucuresti – Iasi cu Blue Air". airlinestravel.ro (in Romanian). 9 July 2015.
  31. ^ http://www.economica.net/avioane_71694.html
  32. ^ http://aeronews.ro/analiza-varsta-medie-a-flotei-blue-air/
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  35. ^ "Blue Air Fleet". www.airfleets.net. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
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  37. ^ a b St. John, Laura (19 June 2017). "Air Lease Corporation Announces the Lease Placement of Six New Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Six 737-800 Aircraft with Blue Air". Air Lease Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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