Blue1

Blue1 Oy was a Finnish airline owned by CityJet.[1][2] It was formerly a subsidiary of the SAS Group and flew to around 28 destinations in Europe,[3] mainly from its base at Helsinki Airport. It carried over 1.7 million passengers in 2011.[3] The airline was a member of Star Alliance and had its head office in Vantaa.[4][5][6]

Blue1
Blue1 Logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
KF BLF BLUEFINN
Founded1987
Ceased operations2016 (merged into CityJet)
Frequent-flyer programEuroBonus
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Regional member 2004–2009
Full member 2009-2012
Affiliate member 2012-2015
Destinations28
Parent companyCityJet
HeadquartersVantaa, Finland
Key peopleJanne Hattula, CEO
Employees350

History

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Air Botnia Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante at Helsinki Vantaa in 1994
Blue 1 Headquarters 01
Blue1 head office in Vantaa

Early years

The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia, flying Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes on night cargo flights and on passenger services from Helsinki to Kauhajoki and Seinäjoki.[7] It started to supplement its unpressurised Bandeirantes with leased British Aerospace Jetstream 31s in 1993, but cash flow problems in the summer of 1995 caused British Aerospace to repossess the Jetstreams and brought Air Botnia to the point of bankruptcy, with last minute negotiations needed to save the airline, which continued operations in a reduced scale.[8]

The airline was purchased by SAS Group in January 1998, who replaced its Jetstreams with Saab 340s later that year. Air Botnia received its first jets, Fokker F28 Fellowships, in 1999. The elderly F28s were soon replaced as their high noise levels restricted operations, with Avro RJ85s being received in 2001. The Saab 340s were replaced by larger Saab 2000s at the same time.[9]

Development since 2004

Air Botnia was renamed Blue1 in January 2004,[10] and joined Star Alliance as its first regional member on 3 November 2004. Blue1 became a full member of Star Alliance on 1 January 2010/2009. Blue1 left Star Alliance in November 2012 and became an affiliate of Scandinavian Airlines.

In 2005 Blue1 became the second-largest Finnish airline with more than 100 daily flights and the biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia. In 2006 Blue1 started 10 new non-stop routes to Europe increasing its total capacity by more than 50%. In 2008 Blue1 moved its London operations from Stansted to Heathrow Airport, and expanded its 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.

Blue1 was the first network airline in Northern Europe to be granted ISO 14001 environmental certificate.[11] On 1 November 2012, Blue1 became a service producer for SAS. This means that marketing and sales were then handled by SAS (including the use of the SAS internet domain name), and its flights carried the SAS flight prefix "SK".

In March 2015, it was announced that Blue1 will sell their entire fleet of Boeing 717-200s to Volotea and Delta Air Lines and was to replace them with Boeing 737-600s from its parent, Scandinavian Airlines,[12] however Scandinavian Airlines later cancelled the plan and considered to transfer some Bombardier CRJ900 from Cimber.[13]

In October 2015, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced the sale of Blue1 to CityJet, which will continue to operate the company on behalf of SAS as part of a larger relationship.[14] In December 2015, Blue1 did not operate any aircraft and its own website has been redirected to SAS's website.[15] In 2016, Blue1 was dissolved and merged into its new parent CityJet.[2]

Fleet

Blue1 Boeing 717-200 OH-BLJ ARN 2012-6-30
A former Blue1 Boeing 717-200
British Aerospace Avro 146-RJ85, Blue1 AN1855152
A former Blue1 Avro RJ85

Last fleet

As of December 2015 - before its actual dissolvement - Blue1 did not operate any aircraft as the Boeing 717-200s previously operated have been phased out without replacement.

Retired fleet

Blue1 previously also operated the following aircraft types:

Blue1 retired fleet
Aircraft type Years active
Boeing 717-200[16][17] 2010–2015
ATR-72[16] 2009–2012
McDonnell Douglas MD-90[16] 2006–2011
Avro RJ100[16] 2003–2009
Avro RJ85[16] 2003–2009
Saab 2000[16] 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

Blue1 offered two service classes, Economy and Economy Extra (previously Blue1 Premium).[18]

  • Economy Class: Coffee and tea were included on all Blue1 operated flights. Sandwiches and other drinks were available for purchase from "Cafe1".[19] Flights with very short flight time may have reduced service.
  • Economy Extra: Fast Track security and Business Class check-in was included where available.

References

Citations

  1. ^ "Blue1 Oy". Business Information System. Helsinki: The National Board of Patents and Registration and the Tax Administration, Finland. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/airline/KF
  3. ^ a b Annual Report 2011 Archived 20 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine sasannualreport2011.com Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Blue1 – Star Alliance". Star Alliance. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Blue1 Head office." blue1. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Privacy Policy." Blue1. Retrieved 25 February 2010. "or by visiting Rahtitie 3, 01530 Vantaa in person, where also the description of the data file is available for review."
  7. ^ Pagiola 2004, p. 42.
  8. ^ Pagliola 2004, pp. 42–43.
  9. ^ Pagiola 2004, p. 44.
  10. ^ Pagliola 2004, p. 45.
  11. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  12. ^ http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/35651-finlands-blue-to-offload-b717-fleet-to-volotea-delta
  13. ^ http://www.flygtorget.se/Aktuellt/Artikel/?Id=11085
  14. ^ businesswire.com - SAS Enters into Agreements with Cityjet for Wet Lease and Sale of Blue1 1 October 2015
  15. ^ ch-aviation.com - Blue1 retrieved 20 December 2015
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Blue1 Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  17. ^ Blue1 aircraft types
  18. ^ "Blue1 Premium". blue1.com. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  19. ^ "Mmmmmmm Mmmmmenu" (pdf). blue1.com. Autumn 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.

Bibliography

  • Pagiola, Stefano. (October 2004) "Stars In Their Eyes: Finland's Blue 1 Regional Airline". Air International, Vol 67 No 4. pp. 42–45.

External links

Media related to Blue1 at Wikimedia Commons

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