|Founded||3 September 1998|
|Commenced operations||26 December 1998|
|Ceased operations||26 October 2021 (suspended)|
|Headquarters||Fiumicino, Rome, Italy|
|Key people||Luca Patanè (President)|
|Net income||€2.7 Million (2018)|
Blue Panorama Airlines S.p.A. is an Italian airline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights mostly to domestic and international leisure destinations. As of late 2021, the airline was in the process to change its brand name to Luke Air also retiring their former Blu-express brand used for domestic and short-haul destinations. Additional business charter flights used to be operated under the name Executive Blue. As of late October 2021, it suspended all operations until further notice.
Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental, international, and national charter and scheduled flights. It was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci, and has been an IATA member since 2002 (IATA code BV). Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division.
In 2012, Alitalia declared interest in a merger with Blue Panorama, as well as with Wind Jet, another Italian airline, but decided not to proceed with the acquisitions. In October 2012, Blue Panorama entered bankruptcy protection. This license gave the airline the ability to restructure itself. On 25 November 2013, Blu-express started flights from Italy to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza after Belle Air ceased operations there.
In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity. The management of the airline is left to the company's founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are fully operational.
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.
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. 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. In January 2021, it was announced that the rebrand will go ahead. As of September 2021, the airline's official website had its content changed to Luke Air operated by Blue Panorama Airlines.
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. Shortly after, it filed for bankruptcy protection.
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.
Main article: List of Blue Panorama destinations
Blue Panorama operated a network of Italian domestic destinations branded as blu-express as well as long-haul leisure flights mainly around the Caribbean.
Blue Panorama Airlines maintains Codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
As of November 2022, the Blue Panorama fleet no longer includes any aircraft. The following types have been operated before:
|ATR 72-200||1||2015||2015||leased from Avanti Air|
|Boeing 737-300||2||2000||2000||leased from Sterling European Airlines|
|2||2002||2003||leased from Ukraine International Airlines|
|Boeing 737-400||16||1999||2020||some leased from Air Horizont and Hapag-Lloyd Flug|
|Piaggio P.180 Avanti||3||2009||2014||Operated under the Executive Blue brand.|