Blue Air

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Not to be confused with Airblue or JetBlue.
Blue Air
BlueAir logo.png
IATA
0B
ICAO
BMS
Callsign
BLUE MESSENGER
Founded 2004
Commenced operations 2004
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer program My Blue[1]
Fleet size 11
Destinations 26
Headquarters Baneasa Business & Technology Park, Bucharest, Romania
Key people Gheorghe Răcaru (CEO)
Website www.blueairweb.com

Blue Air - Airline Management Solutions S.R.L is an Romanian low-cost airline based in Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania,[2] operating mostly out of Bucharest-Henri Coandă.[3] It started operations in December 2004.

History[edit]

A Blue Air Boeing 737-300 in the old livery taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany. (2009)

At its founding, Blue Air also operated a domestic Bucharest-Timişoara flight, though this was discontinued in March 2005 due to low demand and competition from TAROM as well as Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian rail company. Blue Air began domestic flights to Cluj Napoca International Airport from Bucharest on 29 October 2006, operated with a Boeing 737.

On 12 of April 2013 the BlueAir administration made public the fact that the company is for sale.[4]

On the 17-th of May 2013, a press release was issued announcing that BlueAir Transport Aerian SA's flight operations will be transferred to Airline Management Solution SRL, a company that bailed out the business with a 30 million EUR deal. The new company is registered in Romania by 4 shareholders, 2 Romanians with 33% each (both BlueAir pilots) and 2 other Romanians with 17% each (one BlueAir employee and one with past ticketing and customer service affairs with the old company). The company will remain the only 100% private Romanian airline. The deal is yet to be passed to creditors for approval although the company won the auction.[5]

According to a new press release on the 19-th of May, the new company will fully takeover in 30 days tops. The new shareholders asked Gheorghe Racaru, one of the parent founders of the old company to remain on the CEO position. The new company projects a fleet modernization in the following years and a soon to come increase on the number of airplanes. Also, this press release stated that the new shareholders have absolutely nothing to do with Nelu Iordache, the old owner and that all four of the shareholders are aviation experts with experience in the field and are management oriented to develop the company.[6]

The company had a turnover of 150 Million Euros in 2012 and a load factor of 92%.[7]

After a very short business turnaround following the takeover from the past year the company now owns part of the 737 fleet that is operating, it added new routes, has charter contracts for several Romanian tour operators, is wet leasing 2 aircraft to Meridiana and it is been leaked that it is interested in taking over yet another company under its wing, this time Cyprus Airways, the flag carrier of Cyprus. Gheorghe Racaru, the CEO of the company states that "if the press was contacting them 1 year ago to see how they are going to pay their debs, now the situation is totally different, the press asking about their current and future investments." Also, Mr. Racaru is showing a lot more confident when speaking about the future of the company.[8]

Bases[edit]

Blue Air always used Bucharest as its homebase. At its begging the homebase was Bucharest Baneasa - BBU until the airport became overcrowded and was absorbed by the city, so it had to be closed to airlines in 2012. Officially the airport was not closed, but the operating taxes for the airlines had suddenly grow until no airline could support them.[9] At this point all airlines moved their operations to Bucharest Otopeni - OTP airport. BlueAir now uses this airport as its homebase. At the time of the operation movement it was the only airline to maintain ticket prices.

The second operating base for BlueAir is located at Bacau International Airport - BCM. BlueAir Transport Aerian SA (the original owner) managed to get a concession contract for 50 years of private administration of the airport. BlueAero was the secondary company that held the contract. The airport needed some fast investments that the company said it will complete, but they did not even reach 10% of those investments in more than 2 years. When Airline Management Solution SRL took over the operations it choose not to take the airport so it signed it off back to the government. The airline is now the only operator on the airport. Tarom and Carpatair had domestic and international flights from here, but they discontinued. A very important part of its business is taking place on this base that does not have as much competition as OTP does. It is expected that as soon as the government completes the new terminal the airline will increase its presence even more.

A focus city for BlueAir is Sibiu - SBZ.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Blue Air destinations

Blue Air operates to 26 destination all year round, but also operates charter flights, mainly to the southern Europe.

Fleet[edit]

A Blue Air Boeing 737-400 in the old livery at Stuttgart Airport, Germany. (2008)
A Blue Air Boeing 737-800 in the current livery landing at Lisbon Airport, Portugal. (2009)

As of July 2014, the Blue Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

Blue Air Fleet
Aircraft[12] In Service Orders[13] Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 0 141 YR-BAF
Boeing 737-400 8 0 150-170 CL
Boeing 737-500 1 0 126 CL

Past fleet[edit]

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