Romania’s Blue Air reached a significant milestone on Saturday 13 December when it celebrated 10 years of operations. The LCC, which launched in the year when Romania joined the EU, has (according to the airline’s in-flight magazine beBlueAir) carried some 11.5 million passengers during its first decade, and currently operates a fleet of 11 Boeing 737s (-300s, -400s and -500s).
Having originally started operations from Bucharest’s ‘low-cost’ airport at Baneasa, the carrier was forced to relocate to the city’s main Otopeni airport in the summer of 2012 when Baneasa was closed for scheduled services. In addition, the airline saw a change of ownership in the summer of 2013 with a local company Airline Management Solutions taking control.
Blue Air’s latest network addition is Liverpool. Thrice-weekly flights from Bucharest began on 15 December 2014, while service to Bacau is expected to begin in March 2015.