Atlas Blue

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Atlas Blue
Atlas Blue logo.svg
IATA
8A
ICAO
BMM
Callsign
ATLAS BLUE
Founded 2004
Ceased operations 2009 (merged into Royal Air Maroc)
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Fleet size 14 (upon merger)
Destinations 26
Parent company Royal Air Maroc
Headquarters Marrakech, Morocco
Key people Driss Benhima
Website www.atlas-blue.com (now defunct)
http://www.royalairmaroc.com/ (since merger)

Atlas Blue was a low-cost airline with its head office on the grounds of Marrakech-Menara Airport in Marrakech, Morocco, operating out of Menara International Airport.[1]

Since the end of 2009, Atlas Blue is a subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc (RAM), operating chartered and scheduled services to Europe.[2] During 2010, Atlas Blue flights were rebranded as Royal Air Maroc flights, with the aircraft being re-painted in RAM livery, too. By the end of 2010, the Atlas Blue brand will cease to exist.[3]

History[edit]

Atlas Blue was established on 28 May 2004 and started operations on 26 July 2004, with charter operations from Morocco to France using a single Boeing 737-400. Another 5 Boeing 737-400s were transferred from Royal Air Maroc to expand services to Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.[4] Atlas Blue is owned by Royal Air Maroc (99.99%) and private investors (0.01%), and has 167 employees.[2]

At the end of 2009[when?], Royal Air Maroc bought Atlas Blue. As a first sign of the merger, the Atlas Blue website was shut down on 21 of January 2010.[5]

Destinations[edit]

Atlas Blue Boeing 737-400

Atlas Blue operated scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of February 2010):[6]

Africa[edit]

Europe[edit]

Fleet[edit]

The Atlas Blue fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of January 2010) [7]

Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
(Economy)
Airbus A321-200 4 0 185
Boeing 737-400 6 0 168
Boeing 737-500 1 0 135
Boeing 737-800 1 0 189
Total 11

As of August 2010, all aircraft except of two Airbus A321 have been handed over to Royal Air Maroc.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact." Atlas Blue. 15 February 2008. Retrieved on 26 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 80. 
  3. ^ Atlas Blue at airlineupdate.com
  4. ^ Airways magazine, April 2005
  5. ^ [1] Website merger
  6. ^ Atlas Blue website
  7. ^ Atlas Blue fleet
  8. ^ Atlas Blue fleet history at airfleets.net

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