These are great news indeed... Nice to get some competition and those inaugural fares are very low indeed, but Blue1 has already told that prices will increase in the future. How much, well we have to wait and see. Most likely passengers using the trains on HEL
route will decrease again as a result of lower airfares.
I'm surprised that they are adding new flights as their utilization rate of current Avro and Saab 2000 fleet is extremely high (except on saturdays). So maybe they are adding some new aircrafts or SAS will take over some of their ARN
flights which would give new capacity for Blue1. There has been strong rumors for a long time that Blue1 is looking for some bigger aircrafts and B737-600 has been mentioned as a strongest option. SAS hasn't been very pleased with their 736s so who knows if we will see some 736s flying in Blue1 colors in the future.
is the most surprising move in my opinion... The route is currently quite well saturated with KLM and Finnair. Most of the traffic to AMS
is transfer traffic with both carriers, but with who Blue1 will code-share from AMS
onwards? There is much shorter ways get from Helsinki to many other Star Alliance destinations than via AMS
I have been wondering for a long time that why Blue1 and LH
doesn't do any kind of code-share work, even Blue1 has direct flights to Berlin, Hamburg and Dusseldorf? You even can't earn Miles&More points with them...