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Blue1
Blue1 logo.svg
IATA
KF
ICAO
BLF
Callsign
BLUEFIN
Founded 1987
Hubs Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Focus cities Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Frequent flyer program EuroBonus
Member lounge Scandinavian Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 12
Destinations 24
Parent company Oy Nordair AB
Headquarters Helsinki, Finland
Key people Stefan Wentjärvi (CEO)
Mats Jansson (CEO SAS Group)
Website www.blue1.fi

Blue1 Oy is an airline based in Helsinki, Finland. It is a regional airline feeding into the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) network via Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen from five cities in Finland. It also operates services from Helsinki to domestic destinations as well as to several cities in Europe. Its main base is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, with hubs at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport[1]. Blue1 was the first airline to join Star Alliance as a regional member.

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History

The former logo of Air Botnia

The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia. It was purchased by SAS in January 1998. In January 2004, when the first low cost regional airline in Finland, Flying Finn went bankrupt, the airline was rebranded as Blue1. It started flights within a few months to the most profitable destinations of Flying Finn. The first destination was Oulu, later came Kuopio, Rovaniemi and Vaasa.

Blue1 became the first regional member of Star Alliance on 3 November 2004. In 2006 the airline opened up new routes to 11 European destinations[1].

Destinations

Fleet

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Current fleet

Blue1 Fleet
Type Total
Avro RJ85 7
McDonnell Douglas MD-90 5

Retired fleet

Blue1 retired fleet
Type Years
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

Cabin

Economy Class
Sandwiches and drinks are available for purchase from "Cafe1".
On short flights to Sweden; cinnamon roll and coffee is served free.
Economy Extra
Fast-track security at some European airports, lounge access to passengers travelling in C,D and J classes, a three-course cold meal or cold breakfast is served

References

  1. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007

External links


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