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 Airport
Fleet size 8 (at time of closure)
Destinations 15
Headquarters Bocholt, Germany
Key people Udo Stern (MD)
Website 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 Airport.[1] The headquarters were located on the airport property.

History[edit]

Early years and growth[edit]

A Blue Wings Airbus A330-200 at Cologne Bonn Airport (February 2005)

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]

Development since 2009 and closure[edit]

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] 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]

A Blue Wings Airbus A321-111 at Düsseldorf Airport in 2005
A Blue Wings Airbus A320-200 taxiing at Düsseldorf Airport in 2007

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]

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 7 150 (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]

External links[edit]

Media related to Blue Wings at Wikimedia Commons