Blue Wings

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Blue Wings
Blue Wings Logo.svg
IATA
QW
ICAO
BWG
Callsign
BLUE WINGS
Founded 2002
Ceased operations 13 January 2010
Operating bases Düsseldorf International Airport
Fleet size 8 (at time of closure)
Destinations 15
Headquarters Bocholt, Germany
Key people Udo Stern (MD)
Website www.bluewings.com

Blue Wings AG was a charter airline based in Germany, focussing on serving Turkey, the Middle East and Russia from its base at Düsseldorf International Airport;[1] the headquarters were located on the airport property.

History[edit]

Blue Wings was established in 2002, received the AOC on 27 June 2003 and started operations in July of the same year. It initially operated charter flights from Düsseldorf using a wet-leased Airbus A320. In June 2006, the Russian National Reserve Corporation (NRC) acquired a 48 percent shareholding through its Zürich based subsidiary Alpstream AG, which was intended to lead to a close co-operation between Blue Wings and Red Wings Airlines, also belonging to NRC.[1]

On 6 October 2006, Blue Wings signed a purchase agreement with JetBlue Airways for five second-hand Airbus A320-200 aircraft. For cost-saving reasons, Blue Wings adopted a nearly identical color scheme compared to JetBlue. On 17 October of the same year, another order - this time for 16 new Airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A321 was signed, and subsequently announced during the Farnborough Air Show of the same year.[citation needed]

On 31 March 2009, the Federal Office for Civil Aviation of Germany revoked the operating license of Blue Wings because of solvency fears,[2] forcing the airline to shut down all operations. Blue Wings was saved for once on 23 April of the same year, when it was announced that Elite Aviation, a VIP charter airline from Abu Dhabi, had signed a charter agreement with Blue Wings.[3] Subsequently, the license was reinstated on 5 May.

On 5 August 2009, it was announced that Iraqi Airways, Iraq's national airline, had signed a contract to lease three Airbus A320-232 of Blue Wings, which were used on European routes.[4]

On 13 January 2010, Blue Wings ceased all operations, filing bankrupt due to the economical crisis which had led to a pull-out of investors.[5]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The airline corporate head office was located in Düsseldorf,[6] at Düsseldorf International Airport. Before closure it was in Terminal A.[7][8] Previously it was in Hangar 8 at the same airport.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Blue Wings operated the following international scheduled destinations (at November 2009):[10]

Africa[edit]

 Morocco
 Tunisia

Asia[edit]

 Kazakhstan
 Lebanon

Europe[edit]

 Germany
 Portugal
 Russia
 Spain
 Ukraine
 Turkey

Fleet[edit]

A Blue Wings Airbus A320-200 taxiing at Düsseldorf International Airport. (2007)

The Blue Wings fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 25 November 2009):[11][12]

Blue Wings Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Airbus A320-232 7 126 (12/138)
168 (0/168)
Airbus A321-200 1 207

At November 2009, Blue Wings average fleet age was 8.6 years.[citation needed]

At closure in January 2010, Blue Wings had unfilled orders for 16 further Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A321 and 5 Tupolev Tu-204.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 87. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ Iraqi Airways to lease 3 Airbus A320-232 for Europe flights[dead link]
  5. ^ "Blue Wings stellt Flugbetrieb ein" (in German). Flugrevue. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Germans reinstate grounded Blue Wings' operating licence". Flight Global. 2009-05-05.  "Germany's civil aviation regulator has reinstated the operating permit for Dusseldorf-based carrier Blue Wings, weeks after grounding the airline."
  7. ^ "Contact." Blue Wings. 12 June 2005. Retrieved on 30 December 2012. "Blue Wings AG Duesseldorf Airport Terminal A 5. OG 40474 Duesseldorf, Germany"
  8. ^ "Wilkommen." Blue Wings. 14 March 2009. Retrieved on 30 December 2012. "Blue Wings AG . Düsseldorf Airport . Terminal A . D-40474 Düsseldorf . Germany"
  9. ^ "Blue Wings AG." Blue Wings. 23 March 2003. Retrieved on 30 December 2012. "Airport Düsseldorf Hangar 8 40474 Düsseldorf"
  10. ^ Blue Wings Timetable[dead link]
  11. ^ Blue Wings Fleet[dead link]
  12. ^ Blue Wings Company Profile (Page 12)[dead link]

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