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Blue Air
IATA
0B
ICAO
JOR
Callsign
BLUE TRANSPORT
Founded 2004
Bases
Fleet size 12 (+6 orders)
Destinations 24
Parent company Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A.
Headquarters Bucharest, Romania
Key people Gheorghe Răcaru (President and CEO)
Website [1]

Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A is a low-cost airline based in Bucharest, Romania. It started operations in December 2004 and operates services to European destinations. Its main base is Bucharest Baneasa.The airline recently focused also on other Romanian airports, such as Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Bacău and Sibiu.

The airline has been characterised by rapid expansion, a result of the deregulation of the air industry in Europe in 1992 and the success of its low cost business model. Blue Air is one of the largest airlines in Eastern Europe in terms of passenger numbers.

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At its founding, it 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 rail travel. Blue Air began domestic flights to Cluj Napoca International Airport from Bucharest on 29 October 2006, operated with a Boeing 737.

The company was one of the cheapest air carriers at November 2006 to serve Bucharest and other Romanian cities (until other air carriers like Wizz Air, Germanwings, MyAir or EasyJet started to operate in Romania). It frequently offers deals on well-traveled routes whereby one can purchase tickets to major European cities in a fairly open window of time for only 1 or 2 euros plus tax. Blue Air offers free tickets from Cluj to Bucharest and back if one purchases a roundtrip ticket from Bucharest to any other city outside of Romania, giving those from Cluj the same destinations at the same price as those from the capital.[citation needed]

Codeshare agreements

  • Blue Panorama Airlines

Fleet

A Blue Air Boeing 737-300 taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany. (2009)

The Blue Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 17 January 2010):[1]

Blue Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 737-300 3 0 Being phased out: 2012-2013
Boeing 737-400 2 0 Being phased out: 2015-2016
Boeing 737-500 1 0 Exit from service: November 2015
Boeing 737-800 4 3 Replacing: Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-900ER 0 3 Replacing: Boeing 737-400 and Boeing 737-500
Saab 340 2 0 Operated by Direct Aero Services
Total 12 6

At 17 January 2010, the average age of the Blue Air fleet is 14.9 years.[2]

The company is currently replacing its 737 classic fleet with 737 NG aircraft.

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