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Blue1 Oy is an airline based in Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker. It is a regional airline feeding into the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) network via Stockholmmarker, Oslomarker and Copenhagenmarker 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 Airportmarker, with hubs at Stockholm-Arlanda Airportmarker. Blue1 was the first airline to join Star Alliance as a regional member.

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.

Destinations



Fleet

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. Flight International 27 March 2007


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