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Blue Panorama Airlines
Luke Air
Blue Panorama Airlines Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
BV[1] BPA[2] BLUE PANORAMA
Founded3 September 1998
Commenced operations26 December 1998
Ceased operations26 October 2021 (suspended)[3]
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. is 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.[3]

History

Blue Panorama Airlines

A former Blue Panorama Boeing 767-300ER at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in 2009
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 767-300ER at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in 2009

Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental, international, and national charter and scheduled flights.[7][9] It was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci,[5] and has been an IATA member since 2002 (IATA code BV).[10][11] Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division.[12]

In 2012, Alitalia declared interest in a merger with Blue Panorama, as well as with Wind Jet, another Italian airline,[13][14][15][16][17][18] but decided not to proceed with the acquisitions.[19][20] In October 2012, Blue Panorama entered bankruptcy protection.[21][22] This license gave the airline the ability to restructure itself.[23][24][25] On 25 November 2013, Blu-express started flights from Italy to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza after Belle Air ceased operations there.[26][27]

In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity.[28] The management of the airline is left to the company's founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are fully operational.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32] In January 2021, it was announced that the rebrand will go ahead.[33] 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.[3] Shortly after, it filed for bankruptcy protection.[34]

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.[35]

Destinations

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.

Codeshare agreements

Blue Panorama Airlines maintains Codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet

Current fleet

Blue Panorama Boeing 737-800
Blue Panorama Boeing 737-800

As of June 2022, the Blue Panorama fleet includes the following aircraft:[32]

Blue Panorama Airlines fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 2 189 189 Both stored in Katowice.[32]
Total 2

Former fleet

A former Blue Panorama Boeing 737-400
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 737-400
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 757-200
A former Blue Panorama Boeing 757-200

Blue Panorama formerly operated the following aircraft:[32]

Blue Panorama Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A330-200 2 2019 2022[35]
ATR 72-200 1 2015 2015 leased from Avanti Air[32]
Boeing 737-300 2 2000 2000 leased from Sterling European Airlines[32]
2 2002 2003 leased from Ukraine International Airlines[32]
1 2015 2020
Boeing 737-400 16 1999 2020 some leased from Air Horizont and Hapag-Lloyd Flug[32]
Boeing 737-500 1 2013 2016
Boeing 757-200 2 2005 2012
Boeing 767-300ER 10 2002 2020
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 3 2009 2014 Operated as Executive Blue

Accidents and incidents

In popular culture

See also

References

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  30. ^ "Another added fee: Airline required passenger to pay extra to add a middle name". Star Tribune. 27 July 2018.
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  34. ^ ch-aviation.com - Italy's Blue Panorama applies for bankruptcy protection 1 November 2021
  35. ^ a b ch-aviation.com - Italy's Blue Panorama retires both A330s 3 June 2022
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