Blue Air

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Airblue or JetBlue.
Blue Air
BlueAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
0B BMS BLUE MESSENGER
Founded 2004
Commenced operations 2004
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer program My Blue
Fleet size 15
Destinations 34
Headquarters Bucharest, Romania
Key people Gheorghe Răcaru, CEO
Website blueairweb.com

Blue Air, legally Blue Air - Airline Management Solutions S.R.L, is a Romanian low-cost airline headquartered in Sector 1 in Bucharest[1] with its main base at Henri Coanda International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

Blue Air started operations in December 2004. 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.

The company had a turnover of 150 Million Euros in 2012 and a load factor of 92%.[3]

On 12 April 2013, the Blue Air administration made public the fact that the company is for sale.[4] On the 17 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).[5]

The airline transported 1.5 million people in 2014, an increase compared to the 1.35 million people in 2013.[6]

Operations[edit]

Bases[edit]

Blue Air Boeing 737-400 wearing the former livery

Blue Air always used Bucharest as its homebase. At first, 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 grown until no airline could support them.[7] At this point all airlines moved their operations to Bucharest Otopeni - OTP airport. Blue Air now uses this airport as its homebase.

The second operating base for Blue Air is located at Bacau International Airport. 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 which the company promised to 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.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Blue Air destinations

Blue Air operates to 34 scheduled destinations in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom with additional charter operations mainly around the Mediterranean.

Fleet[edit]

Blue Air Boeing 737-800

As of April 2015, the Blue Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Blue Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 128 / 136
Boeing 737-400 10 162 / 172
Boeing 737-500 1 126
Boeing 737-700 1 149
Boeing 737-800 1 186
Total 15

In the past, Blue Air also operated Saab 2000 and Saab 340 aircraft, the latter one leased from Direct Aero Services.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Blue Air at Wikimedia Commons