The airline was established in 1987 and started operations in 1988 as Air Botnia, domestically in Finland. It started to supplement its unpressurised Bandeirantes with leased British Aerospace Jetstream 31s in 1993, but cash flow problems in the summer of 1995 caused British Aerospace to repossess the Jetstreams and brought Air Botnia to the point of bankruptcy, with last minute negotiations needed to save the airline, which continued operations in a reduced scale. The airline became a fully-owned subsidiary of SAS January 1998 and was united with SAS 2 years later. Air Botnia was renamed Blue1 in January 2004 and joined Star Alliance as the first regional member on November 3 the same year. This year also witnessed the rapid increase in its number of routes. In 2005 Blue1 became the second largest Finnish airline with more than 100 daily flights and biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia. Since 2006, the airline has seen a heavy expansion program into Europe, both to business destinations in Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Warsaw, London, and Zurich and to southern leisure resorts in Nice, Rome, Athens, and Barcelona. In 2010, it received the ISO 14001 environmental certification.
About the airline
Blue1 Ltd (Finnish: Blue1 Oy) is a Finnish airline owned by SAS Group and a full member of Star Alliance, the worldâ€™s largest airline alliance, with a hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. In terms of passengers, itâ€™s the second-largest airline in Finland. Its head office is in Vantaa
Blue1 flies to almost 30 destinations in Finland, Scandinavia and rest of Europe, to the following destinations: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and UK.
Currently, the Blue1â€™s fleet consists of 4 ATR 72, 9 Boeing 717 and 1 Saab 2000.
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