Blue1

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Blue1
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IATA ICAO Callsign
KF BLF BLUEFIN
Founded 1987
Hubs Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Focus cities Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Frequent-flyer program EuroBonus
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 17 (+2 orders)
Destinations 24
Parent company SAS AB (Finland)
Headquarters Vantaa, Finland
Key people Stefan Wentjärvi (CEO)
Mats Jansson (CEO SAS Group)
Website www.blue1.fi

Blue1 Ltd (Finnish: Blue1 Oy)[1] is a Finnish airline owned by SAS Group and a full member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, with a hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Blue1 flies to almost 30 destinations in Finland, Scandinavia and rest of Europe and is in terms of passengers carried the second-largest airline in Finland. Blue1 carried over 1,4 million passengers in 2009.[2] Its head office is in Vantaa.[3][4]

Blue1 offers two service classes, Economy and a completely new travel class Blue1 Premium for business travel, featuring all business class services at a significantly lower fare.

History

The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia. The first destination was Oulu, later came Kuopio, Rovaniemi and Vaasa. It was purchased by SAS Group in January 1998.

Blue1 became the new company name in January 2004 and the airline joined Star Alliance as the first regional member on November 3 the same year.

In 2005 Blue1 became the second largest Finnish airline with more than 100 daily flights and biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia.

In 2006 Blue1 started 10 new nonstop routes to Europe increasing its total capacity by more than 50%.

In 2008 Blue1 moved its London operations from Stansted to Heathrow Airport, and undertook strong expansion on domestic business routes. In 2009 new routes to Lapland, including Paris-Kittilä were opened for the winter season and routes to Biarritz, Dubrovnik and Split for summer travel.

January 1, 2010 Blue1 became a full member of Star Alliance.

Blue1 was the first network airline in Northern Europe to be granted ISO 14001 environmental certificate.[5]

Codeshare agreements

Blue1 has codeshare agreements with the following Star Alliance airlines as of October 2010.

Destinations

Avro RJ85 parked at Turku Airport

Blue1 serves the following destinations (as of June 2011):

Belgium
Croatia
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Fleet

Current fleet

As of May 2011, the Blue1 fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 10.6 years:[6]

Blue1 Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
E Y Total
ATR72 3 0 0 72 72 Operated by Golden Air.
Avro RJ85 5 0 0 80 80 phased out by August 2011
Boeing 717 9 5 var. var. 115
Saab 2000 1 0 0 47 47 Operated by Golden Air.
Total 17 5

The company is in the process of replacing its old fleet consisting of Avro RJ85 and MD-90 planes with second-hand Boeing 717s, more adapted to Finnish regional traffic.,[7] the first of which was delivered in August 2010. The MD-90s have been phased out, with the Avro RJ85s following in due course.[8] On 28 May 2010, the company has announced it intends to double the size of its fleet over "the next couple of years".[9]

Retired fleet

Blue1 Retired Fleet
Aircraft Type Years Active
McDonnell Douglas MD-90 2006-2011
Avro RJ100 2001–2009
Saab 2000 2001–2006
Fokker F28 1998–2001
Saab 340 1998–2001
Jetstream 31 1993–1998
Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante 1987–1993
Cessna 402 1987–1988

Onboard services

  • Economy Class: Coffee and tea are included on all Blue1 operated flights. Sandwiches and other drinks are available for purchase from "Cafe1". Some flights with very short flight time may have reduced service.
  • Blue1 Premium: Fast Track security and Business Class check-in is included where available. A cold meal is served on flights to Finnish domestic and Scandinavian destinations, whereas a hot meal is included when traveling to destinations in the Continental Europe.

When flying in Blue1 Premium Class, lounge access is automatically included when traveling to or from the Continental Europe, but not on domestic flights or flights to or from Scandinavia (apart from some higher booking classes, that always include lounge service).

References

  1. ^ "Blue1 Oy". Business Information System. Helsinki: The National Board of Patents and Registration and the Tax Administration, Finland. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.blue1.com/en/fi/About-us/Press-room/Press-releases/14-million-passengers--flew-with-Blue1-in-2009/
  3. ^ "Blue1 Head office." blue1. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Privacy Policy." Blue1. Retrieved on 25 February 2010. "or by visiting Rahtitie 3, 01530 Vantaa in person, where also the description of the data file is available for review."
  5. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. ^ Blue1 fleet list at planespotters.net
  7. ^ http://www.blue1.com/fi/fi/Blue1/Lehdisto/tiedotteet/Blue1-kaksinkertaistaa-lentolaivueensa-Boeing-717-matkustajakoneilla/
  8. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/05/28/342531/pictures-blue1-adopts-new-livery-as-it-opts-for-717s.html
  9. ^ http://www.helsinki-vantaa.fi/hel_pressrelease?id=2830624

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