CRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6003 times:
Well, Blue1 is owned by SAS so they are keeping the aircraft within the family for a while yet - keeping it easy in regards to mx...
SAS has leased out a lot of planes in recent years, by the sounds of it, in order to reduce the size of their fleet. Spirit (US) and Spanair have leased MD80s, FlyGlobeSpan are leasing 736s, some of their 738s are leased out too, I believe...
SAS has an eclectic and eccentric but chic fleet. If only they could make money on it too...
IslandHopperCO From Micronesia, joined Dec 2003, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4201 times:
According to airlinerlist.com, the three MD-90s that are parked at Marana are sold to a scrapping company. The three planes were built in 1998 and have only been in service for two years out of that time. What a waste. Here's a thread I started that talks about them:
Pyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
Here is the press release from SAS website.
Blue1, the fastest growing airline in Finland, continues its expansion program in connection with the summer traffic program starting March 2006. New aircraft will join the fleet and the amount of destinations will grow from 14 to 25. Blue1 will go heavily in on Europe with daily connections to such destinations as London, Zurich and Warsaw but also with flights to tourist destinations in southern Europe such as Athens, Rome , Nice and Barcelona.
70 % increase in production - three Boeing MD-90
Three Boeing MD-90, with a seating capacity of 166 seats, will join the fleet existing for the time being of 9 Avro RJ:s and 5 Saab 2000. The production, ASK (available seatkilometer) will increase with more than 70 %.
11 new destinations
Blue1 expands on the European market by introducing scheduled flights starting from March 2006 to:
"This heavy expansion is our response to the market need", says Stefan Wentjärvi, President and CEO of Blue1. Blue1 is already the biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia, we have a firm grip of the Finnish domestic market and now our next step is Europe. For business travelers we can now offer better connections to destinations as London and Zurich but we can also offer our private travelers smart and price worthy flights to southern Europe", says Wentjärvi.
Blue1 Corporate Communications
Tom Christides, V.P. Corporate Communications tel: +358 40 7523131
That may actually happen. The code-share agreement between LX and AY has now officially been cancelled leaving LX in a bit of a mess. The route seems to do very well seeing as AY has repeatedly voiced interest in adding a further frequency to ZRH.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4705 posts, RR: 40
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3858 times:
Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 18): About time someone show what those birds can lift... I always thought airlines that put in 140-150 seats didn't use the a/c to its full potential. Even with 166 seats pitch ought to be 31"...
I think the limit to a capacity below 170 seats is not because of lack of space, but because of emergency evacuation regulations. The slightly shorter MD-80 is certified for up to 170 seats.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3321 times:
Quoting Doona (Reply 20): Does anyone know which airports in London and Paris will be served?
Tried to find the same information, no luck so far.
Will be interesting in HEL next year, a price war expected : both Blue1 and Sterling competing with AY in Europe, starting at the same time, partly with same destinations. Curious to see Finnair's reaction.