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Blue Panorama Airlines

Blue Panorama Airlines S.p.A. is an Italian airline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights from Italy – especially Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa – to various international destinations.[4] Blu-express is the brand name for low-cost short and medium range flights operated by Blue Panorama.[5] Additional business charter flights are operated under the name Executive Blue.[6]

Blue Panorama Airlines
Blue Panorama Airlines logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
BV[1] BPA[2] BLUE PANORAMA
Founded3 September 1998
Operating bases
Fleet size18
Destinations34
HeadquartersFiumicino, Rome, Italy
Key peopleGiancarlo Zeni, CEO
Websiteblue-panorama.com

HistoryEdit

Blue Panorama AirlinesEdit

Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental, international, and national charter and scheduled flights.[5][7] It was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci,[4] and has been an IATA member since 2002 (IATA code BV).[8][9] Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division.[10]

In January 2012, Alitalia declared interest in a merger with Blue Panorama, as well as with Wind Jet, another Italian airline.[11][12][13][14][15][16] In April 2012 Alitalia decided not to proceed with the acquisitions.[17][18] In October 2012, Blue Panorama entered bankruptcy protection.[19][20] This license gave the airline the ability to restructure itself.[21][22][23] On 25 November 2013, Blu-express started flights from Italy to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza after Belle Air ceased operations there.[24][25]

In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity.[26] The management of the airline is left to the company's founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are fully operational.[27]

Luke AirEdit

In October 2019, the airline announced it would be changing its name to Luke Air by the end of 2019, revealing a new yellow-blue livery on an Airbus A330-200 which is due to be delivered.[28]

DestinationsEdit

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Blue Panorama Airlines codeshares with the following airlines:

FleetEdit

 
Blue Panorama Boeing 737-400
 
Blue Panorama Boeing 767-300ER

As of November 2019, the Blue Panorama fleet includes the following aircraft:[30]

Blue Panorama Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-200 3[28]
Boeing 737-300 1 148 148
Boeing 737-400 5 168 168
Boeing 737-800 9 189 189
Boeing 767-300ER 3 12 258 270 To be replaced by Airbus A330-200s[28]
Total 18 3

ControversiesEdit

For several years, it has been the policy of Blue Panorama Airlines to charge significant fees to passengers for minor name changes.[31] In most airports where it operates, the company charges passengers €50 to €80 to have their middle names added on their boarding pass.[32]

In popular cultureEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 16 July 2004, a Boeing 767 operating as flight 1504 experienced an uncontained engine failure on takeoff from Rome-Fimucino Airport. The plane successfully returned after conducting an emergency landing. Further investigation revealed that a high pressure fuel hose leaked approximately 700 kilograms of fuel into the engine's nacelle during taxi, which later ignited upon takeoff.[34][35]
  • On 22 September 2018, a Blue Panorama Spanish pilot, Emilio Leone, was arrested by Albanian police as his colleagues reported him for trying to fly the aircraft intoxicated.[36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Elenco delle imprese titolari di licenza di trasporto aereo". enac.gov.it. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.pasazer.com/news/40888/blue,panorama,zbazuje,w,polsce,dwie,maszyny,obsluzy,rejsy,dla,itaki.html
  4. ^ a b "Blue Panorama Airlines". Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Blu Express - ch-aviation.com". ch-aviation. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ fonte: Executive Blue web site[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Profile on Blue Panorama Airlines - CAPA - Centre for Aviation". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  8. ^ IATA. "IATA - Current Airline Members". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Blue Panorama Airlines". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  10. ^ UBM Information Ltd. 2015 (6 December 2012). "Blu Express to Start Rome – Moscow Service from April 2013". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  11. ^ Reed Business Information Limited. "Alitalia plans merger with Blue Panorama and Wind Jet". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Alitalia to merge with Wind Jet and Blue Panorama Airlines". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Airline merger The integration of Blue Panorama, Wind Jet and Alitalia - eTurboNews.com". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Alitalia, Blue Panorama and Wind Jet plan to merge". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Alitalia moves ahead with a merger with Blue Panorama and Wind Jet". World Airline News. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Alitalia plans merger with Blue Panorama and Wind Jet". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Integration of Wind Jet operations with Alitalia receives board approval". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Avionews.com - Alitalia will integrate Wind Jet: operation approved". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Italy's Blue Panorama enters bankruptcy protection". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  20. ^ N. Tchallabes. "volaspheric". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Blue Panorama Airlines enters into bankruptcy protection and reorganization". World Airline News. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  22. ^ N. Tchallabes. "volaspheric". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Blue Panorama applies for bankruptcy protection, continues operations". ch-aviation. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  24. ^ Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso. "Albania, Belle Air stops flights". Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  25. ^ Business Traveller. "Belle Air ceases operations - Business Traveller". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Avionews.com - Blue Panorama confirms business continuity and that its flights are fully operational". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Blue Panorama Airlines enters administration, in negotiations with an 'international investor'". D.
  28. ^ a b c austrianaviation.net - "Blue Panorama becomes Luke Air" (German) 26 October 2019
  29. ^ "Route Map". www.albawings.com. Archived from the original on 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  30. ^ "Blue Panorama Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 6 November 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Another added fee: Airline required passenger to pay extra to add a middle name".
  32. ^ "Blue Panorama Airlines Customer Reviews".
  33. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6fcyTEqkeo
  34. ^ "Accident Boeing 767-3G5ER EI-CXO, 16 Jul 2004".
  35. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJBlzal6g0k
  36. ^ Shqiptarja.com https://shqiptarja.com/lajm/ekskluzive-rinas-shmanget-tragjedia-ne-avionin-me-200-pasagjere-kapet-i-dehur-piloti-i-blue-panorama. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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