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Formed in 2005. Low-cost, scheduled & charter, domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Via delle Arti
123 Pal. D
00054 Rome, Italy
October 2005: Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) launched a low cost airline called "blu-express.com" The new carrier will be based at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. Service between Bari and Rome (12 weekly flights), between Milan Malpensa and Rome (17 weekly flights), will start on Nov 21st, and Rome to Grenoble/Lyon (four weekly flights), Munich (daily), Nice (three weekly), and Vienna (daily), starting on Dec 15th. The airline will initially operate a fleet of 2 Boeing 737-400s. Plans to add 2 737-300's for the summer schedule with other routes being considered including Paris Orly, Madrid, and Barcelona.
November 2005: Wolfgang Kurth, CEO, ex-Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX).
737-400, Blue Panorama (BPA) wet-leased.
July 2007: 2 737-31Ss (29059, EI-DVY; 29060, EI-DXB), EX-Bulgaia Air (LZB), DSF Aircraft Leasing leased.
November 2007: Rome Fiumicino to Bari Palese and Milan Malpensa.
December 2007: Rome Fiumicino to Nice, Grenoble, Munich, and Vienna.
January 2010: blu-express.com (BLX) has launched six times weekly 737-300 service from Rome Fiumicino to Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen on December 17.
January 2012: Blu Express (BLX) has added new services in late October and early November:
Bari - Palermo: 3x weekly 737-300/-400 service has started on November 1;
Rome Fiumicino - Skopje: 2x weekly 737-300/-400 service has started on October 30.
Alitalia (ALI) is proceeding with plans to merge with two smaller Italian competitors, Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) and WindJet (WJT).
The (ALI) board, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the two carriers, said the “project of integration” is “coherent with the ongoing consolidation processes into the air transport, at national and international level.” It said the carriers have “synergy potentials and are complementary with regard to product specialization, network design and served market segments.”
The Alitalia Group last year carried around 25 million passengers using a fleet of 144 airplanes. It has bases in Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice, Bari, and Catania.
(BPA), which launched operations in 1998, carried some 2 million passengers in 2011 with a fleet of seven 737-300/400s, two 757-200s and four 767-300ERs, according to its website. Intercontinental flights are operated under the (BPA) brand; short- and medium-haul flights are operated as Blu-Express (BLX). It has bases in Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. (BPA) signed an order for 12 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes at the Paris Air Show in June 2011. Deliveries are scheduled to start at the end of 2012.
(WJT), established in 2003, is a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) that operates domestic and European routes using five A319-100s and seven A320-200s. It handled more than >2.8 million passengers in 2011 and has a 6.2% domestic market share, according to an (ALI) statement. It has bases in Catania, Palermo, and Rimini.
(ALI) will submit merger documents to antitrust authorities.
July 2012: Blu Express (BLX) launched four seasonal flights in time for the Italian August holiday period on 19 July. From Catania (CTA) in Sicily, (BLX) now flies to Heraklion (HER) on the Greek island of Crete and the Spanish island airport Palma de Mallorca (PMI). From the Italian capital airport Rome Fiumicino (FCO), (BLX) launched two Greek routes; to Karpathos (AOK), the island located between Crete and Rhodes, and to Preveza (PVK) on the mainland, serving the nearby island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea. Each of the four flights is operated twice-weekly.
October 2012: Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) has filed for bankruptcy protection to be able to restructure its business, while continuing normal operations under administration. Since 2008, Italian companies are able to file for bankruptcy protection following a similar legal process to companies filing for Chapter 11 in the United States. (BPA) currently operates short-haul scheduled and charter services under the brand of its division Blu Express (BLX) (based at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO)) with two 737-300s and four 737-400s as well as leisure oriented long-haul services with a fleet of four 767-300ERs.
May 2013: Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA)’s low cost carrier (LCC) Blu-express (BLX) has launched daily, Moscow Domodedovo - Rome flights.
November 2013: Blu-express (BLX) has replaced belle air’s ceased operations on seven routes from Tirana (TIA) to multiple Italian destinations on November 25. With the longest sector being the 1,003 km daily service to Milan Malpensa (MXP), (BLX) will operate using its 737 fleet on all seven routes (although some are flown with leased-in equipment). Three of the new city pairs are flown in competition with Air One (ADH) and Alitalia (ALI). The routes are as follows:
All seven to Tirana (TIA) with 737s: Bologna (BLQ) 5x weekly; Milan Bergamo (BGY) 5x weekly; Milan Malpensa (MXP) 7x weekly vs (ADH) 6x weekly; Pisa (PSA) 3x weekly vs (ADH) 4x weekly; Rome Fiumicino (FCO) 6x weekly vs (ALI) 14x weekly; Venice (VCE) 6x weekly; and Verona (VRN) 4x weekly.