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Finland's Blue1 expanding with new aircraft, new destinations

Travel News Asia 12 December 2005

Blue1, a fast growing airline in Finland, is continuing its expansion program in connection with the summer traffic program starting March 2006. New aircraft will join the fleet and the amount of destinations will grow from 14 to 25. Blue1 will go heavily in on Europe with daily connections to such destinations as London, Zurich and Warsaw but also with flights to tourist destinations in southern Europe such as Athens, Rome, Nice and Barcelona.

Three Boeing MD-90, with a seating capacity of 166 seats, will join the fleet existing for the time being of 9 Avro RJ:s and 5 Saab 2000. The production, ASK (available seatkilometer) will increase with more than 70%.

"This heavy expansion is our response to the market need", said Stefan Wentjrvi, President and CEO of Blue1. "Blue1 is already the biggest operator between Finland and Scandinavia, we have a firm grip of the Finnish domestic market and now our next step is Europe. For business travelers we can now offer better connections to destinations as London and Zurich but we can also offer our private travelers smart and price worthy flights to southern Europe."

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