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Blue Wings
Blue Wings.jpg
Founded 2002
Ceased operations 13 January 2010
Bases Düsseldorf International Airport
Fleet size 8 (+24 orders)
Destinations 15
Headquarters Bocholt, Germany
Key people Udo Stern (MD)

Blue Wings AG operated scheduled services to Russia and charter flights, mainly to Turkey and the Middle East. Its main base was Düsseldorf International Airport[1]; the headquarters were in Bocholt, Germany.[2]



The airline was established in 2002 and started operations in July 2003. It initially operated charter services from Düsseldorf using a wet-leased Airbus A320, delivered in December 2002. The airline received its air operators certificate on 27 June 2003 and began operating the A320 in its own right the following month. In June 2006, Russia's National Reserve Corporation (NRC) acquired a 48% shareholding through its Zürich based subsidiary Alpstream AG. NRC launched a Moscow-based discounter airline early in 2007, under the Red Wings Airlines brand. There is a strategic plan of cooperation between Blue Wings and Red Wings Airlines. The airline is owned by Alpstream AG (48%), Jorn Hellwig (26%) and NIL Investment (26%).[1]

On 31 March 2009, the Federal Office for Civil Aviation of Germany revoked the operating license of Blue Air because of solvency fears [1]. All operations ceased at once.

On 23 April 2009, it was announced that the newly founded business airline Elite Aviation from Abu Dhabi signed a charter agreement with Blue Wings [2].

On 5 May 2009, Blue Wings had its license reinstated.

On 5 August 2009, it was announced that Iraqi Airways, Iraq's national airline, had signed a contract to lease three Airbus A320-232 on 4 August 2009. The aircraft will be used for their European routes.[3]

As of midday CET on 13 January 2010, Blue Wings ceased operations.[4]


Blue Wings operated services to the following international scheduled destinations (at November 2009):[5]





The Blue Wings fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 25 November 2009):[6][7]

Blue Wings Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Airbus A320-232 7 16 126 (12/138)
168 (0/168)
1 operating for Air Berlin
1 stored at DUS
Airbus A321-200 1 3 207 Deliveries: 2009-2010
Tupolev Tu-204 0 5 TBA Entry into service: ?

At November 2009, Blue Wings average fleet age was 8.6 years old for the Airbus A320-232 aircraft.

On 6 October 2006, Blue Wings agreed to buy 5 Airbus A320-200 from JetBlue Airways. As a result, Blue Wings adopted a color scheme that is identical to that of JetBlue, but with different titles and a white tail. On 17 October 2006, Blue Wings, together with its shareholder Alpstream, signed a contract with Airbus for 20 further Airbus A320 family aircraft (16 A320s and four A321s, seating 150 and 210 passengers respectively), confirming a commitment announced during the Farnborough Air Show of the same year.


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