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Blue Panorama Airlines
Luke Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
BV[1] BPA[2] BLUE PANORAMA
Founded3 September 1998
Commenced operations26 December 1998
Ceased operationsDecember 2022
Focus cities
Fleet size2
Destinations5
HeadquartersFiumicino, Rome, Italy
Key peopleLuca Patanè (President)
Net income€2.7 Million (2018)
Employees624 (2020)
Websitewww.blue-panorama.com

Blue Panorama Airlines S.p.A. was[4] an Italian airline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights mostly to domestic and international leisure destinations.[5] As of late 2021, the airline was in the process to change its brand name to Luke Air[6] also retiring their former Blu-express[7] brand used for domestic and short-haul destinations. Additional business charter flights used to be operated under the name Executive Blue.[8] As of late October 2021, it suspended all operations until further notice[9] and was subsequently liquidated in late 2022.[4]

History

Blue Panorama Airlines

Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental, international, and national charter and scheduled flights.[7][10] It was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci,[5] and has been an IATA member since 2002 (IATA code BV).[11][12] Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division.[13]

In 2012, Alitalia declared interest in a merger with Blue Panorama, as well as with Wind Jet, another Italian airline,[14][15][16][17][18][19] but decided not to proceed with the acquisitions.[20][21] In October 2012, Blue Panorama entered bankruptcy protection.[22][23] This license gave the airline the ability to restructure itself.[24][25][26] On 25 November 2013, Blu-express started flights from Italy to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza after Belle Air ceased operations there.[27][28]

In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity.[29] The management of the airline is left to the company's founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are fully operational.[30]

In 2018 the airline came under fire as it has been the policy of Blue Panorama Airlines to charge significant fees to passengers for minor name changes.[31]

Luke Air

In October 2019, the airline announced it would be changing its name to Luke Air by the end of 2019, revealing a new yellow-blue livery on an Airbus A330-200 which was then due to be delivered.[32] On 7 March 2020, the first A330-200 was delivered. However, the rebranding had yet to take place. In late 2020, Blue Panorama retired their last Boeing 767-300ER.[33] In January 2021, it was announced that the rebrand will go ahead.[34] As of September 2021, the airline's official website had its content changed to Luke Air operated by Blue Panorama Airlines.[6]

On 27 October 2021, the airline announced the suspension of all flights stating financial difficulties in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blue Panorama went through recurring restructuring proceedings in recent years.[9] Shortly after, it filed for bankruptcy protection.[35] In June 2022, it has been reported that the grounded airline retired both of their Airbus A330-200s leaving them without long-haul capable aircraft.[36]

In December 2022, it has been announced that the airline will be liquidated and not resume operations.[4]

Destinations

A former Blue Panorama Boeing 737-400
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 757-200
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 767-300ER

Blue Panorama operated a network of Italian domestic destinations branded as blu-express as well as long-haul leisure flights mainly around the Caribbean.

Codeshare agreements

Blue Panorama Airlines maintained Codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet

As of November 2022, the Blue Panorama fleet no longer included any aircraft. The following types have been operated before:[33]

Blue Panorama Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A330-200 2 2019 2022[36]
ATR 72-200 1 2015 2015 leased from Avanti Air[33]
Boeing 737-300 2 2000 2000 leased from Sterling European Airlines[33]
2 2002 2003 leased from Ukraine International Airlines[33]
1 2015 2020
Boeing 737-400 16 1999 2020 some leased from Air Horizont and Hapag-Lloyd Flug[33]
Boeing 737-500 1 2013 2016
Boeing 737-800 10 2000 2022
Boeing 757-200 2 2005 2012
Boeing 767-300ER 10 2002 2020
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 3 2009 2014 Operated under the Executive Blue brand.

Accidents and incidents

In popular culture

See also

References

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