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Blue 1 MD-90s

Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:50 pm

Blue 1 of Finland is taking 5 ex SAS MD-90's from Feb. 06 on including the 2 Nordic Leisure ones as reported on airlinerlist.com.

Hope they starting a Zurich route with those birds....
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:28 pm

Bizarre. I asked Blue1 about this two days ago and they said it was rubbish.
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:45 pm

Interesting, if it really becomes true. At least another chance for us to get on an MD-90, this is becoming kind of hard to realize here in Europe.  Smile
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:59 am

There's supposed to be a press conference Monday ... Stand by!

http://www.plane-spotter.com/Gifs/MD-90_Blue1.gif
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:24 am

Always nice to see the MD-90 in a new livery  Smile At least somebody cares about my birds  wink   cloudnine  But how come everybody is snatching up the ex.SAS birds and their letting the ones at VCV get scrapped??  Sad
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:13 am

Good to see the MD-90s going to another operator.

There are no MD-90s at VCV being scrapped and the 3 three at Marana are reportedly going to be taken up soon, though I forget who is getting them.......sorry.

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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:33 am

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...
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:52 am

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 6):
Spirit (US

.. that's Allegiant ... and I don't think SAS owns any of them.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:25 am

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 2):
At least another chance for us to get on an MD-90, this is becoming kind of hard to realize here in Europe.

- Too true!, I hope to get on one of the one's Iceland Air Express will operate next year Smile
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:00 am

Aren't those the three SAS MD90s that were leased to Hello of Switzerland which have in turn leased them to Iceland Express? If so, those MD90s won't be too far from "home" either...  Smile

I like those -90s, wish there were more of them...
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:59 am

No that good news.. Blue1 have had a nice fleet of Avro RJ100/RJ85s and SAAB 2000s, recycling old MD-90s to Finland doesn't sound that great.

At the same time Finnair is getting rid of old Md-80s by next summer and flying Embraer 170/190s instead.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:15 pm

So Finnair is sending its old MD-80s to Sweden (Flynordic), and SAS is upping it by sending their old MD-90s to Finland (Blue1). Everyone is happy.
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:36 pm

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:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...general_aviation/read.main/2466939
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:38 pm

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 6):
SAS has an eclectic and eccentric but chic fleet. If only they could make money on it too...

They are making money on their short- and medium haul, just not on their long haul... Soooo sad... Sad
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:45 pm

Here is the press release from SAS website.

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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:

Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, Düsseldorf, London, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Rome, Warsaw and Zurich.

Responding to market needs

"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

More information:
Tom Christides, V.P. Corporate Communications tel: +358 40 7523131

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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:49 pm

Quoting 717fan (Thread starter):
Hope they starting a Zurich route with those birds....

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.
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:13 pm

Quoting Pyh (Reply 14):
Blue1 expands on the European market by introducing scheduled flights starting from March 2006 to:

Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, Düsseldorf, London, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Rome, Warsaw and Zurich.

Nice! Big grin Now I keep my fingers crossed that we will see the MD-90 on the routes from/ to DUS, then catching the MD-90 should become am easy-to-reach reality at last.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:27 pm

Anyone knows the reg's of the machines going to Blue 1?
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:33 pm

Quoting Pyh (Reply 14):
Three Boeing MD-90, with a seating capacity of 166 seats, will join the fleet

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"...
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:40 pm

I suppose, the two MD-90's leased to Nordic Leisure will stay with this charter carrier for now?
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:14 pm

Does anyone know which airports in London and Paris will be served?

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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:23 pm

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.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:36 am

Quoting Mika (Reply 17):
Anyone knows the reg's of the machines going to Blue 1?

Blue 1: SE-DMF (20/02?), SE-DMH, OY-KIL (28/05?), LN-ROA (30/06?), OY-KIN (28/08?)

This is the planned delivery schedule. Blue1 actually plans to take five a/c according to my sources.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 19):
I suppose, the two MD-90's leased to Nordic Leisure will stay with this charter carrier for now?

They are both back with SAS and are stored at OSL.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:33 am

Quoting Doona (Reply 20):
Does anyone know which airports in London and Paris will be served?

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Tried to find the same information, no luck so far.
Will be interesting in HEL next year, a price war expected  bouncy : both Blue1 and Sterling competing with AY in Europe, starting at the same time, partly with same destinations. Curious to see Finnair's reaction.
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:10 am

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 4):
Always nice to see the MD-90 in a new livery   At least somebody cares about my birds  

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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:17 am

Quoting Andaman (Reply 23):
Quoting Doona (Reply 20):
Does anyone know which airports in London and Paris will be served?

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Found out that it will be Stansted in London, unfortunately.
Funny, SAS send it's MD-90s to Finland and Finnair it's MD-80s to Sweden (to FlyNordic)...
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:41 am

Quoting Andaman (Reply 25):
Found out that it will be Stansted in London, unfortunately.

This sounds about as stupid as it gets if it is true.

The SAS group will now serve four London airports: LHR, LGW, LCY, STN.

Certainly this type of flight would be more suitable for LGW than STN.
 
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RE: Blue 1 MD-90s

Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:40 pm

Quoting Runway23 (Reply 26):
Certainly this type of flight would be more suitable for LGW than STN

My guess is that LGW slots are hard to get, though not as impossible as at LHR. Will this be bad news for Ryanairs TMP-STN route? They have to start selling their seat even more for free box 

Quoting Andaman (Reply 23):
Curious to see Finnair's reaction

Finnair is in very good financial shape to take on the competition. Their route structure relies on good morning dep/evening arr connections to European cities and feeding their long-hauls to Asia. IMO the main war will be between Blue1 and Sterling. This could also mean the end of Air Finland as a scheduled carrier to European destinations, they simply can't compete with these two. Maybe Finnair should buy Air Finland and make it their leisure carrier?