Blue Panorama Airlines was an Italian airline that offered both scheduled and charter flights. The airline was based at Rome-Fiumicino Airport and offered flights across Europe, as well as to other international destinations in North America, Central America and Asia. The airline previously flew to more than 30 destinations overall, although, many of them are only flown to on a seasonal basis.
The airline was founded in 1998. It operates most of its short-haul and medium-haul flights under the brand name Blu-Express and all of its charter flights under the brand name Executive Blue. In 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the airline ceased operations.
NOTICE: Blue Panorama Airlines has ceased operations effective October 2021
Blue Panorama Airlines no longer operates any services effective October 2021. However, there are numerous other Italian airlines you can choose to fly with instead.
The airline operated a fleet that consisted of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A330.
Some of the destinations which Blue Panorama Airlines operated to included:
|Ancona||Marache Airport (AOI)|
|Bari||Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI)|
|Bergamo||Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)|
|Bologna||Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)|
|Florence||Florence Airport (FLR)|
|Genoa||Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)|
|Milan||Milan Linate Airport (LIN)|
|Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)|
|Perugia||Umbria international Airport (PEG)|
|Pisa||Pisa International Airport (PSA)|
|Rimini||Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI)|
|Rome||Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)|
|Turin||Turin Airport (TRN)|
|Venice||Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)|
|Verona||Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN)|
|Albania||Tirana||Tirana International Airport (TIA)|
|Antigua and Barbuda||St.John's||V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU)|
|Brazil||Porto Seguro||Porto Seguro Airport (BPS)|
|Cape Verde||Sal||Sal International Airport (SID)|
|Croatia||Rijeka||Rijeka Airport (RJK)|
|Cuba||Cayo Largo del Sur||Vilo Acuña Airport (CYO)|
|Havana||José Marti International Airport (HAV)|
|Holguin||Frank Pais Airport (HOG)|
|Santiago||Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)|
|Dominican Republic||La Romana||La Romana International Airport (LRM)|
|Santo Domingo||Las Américas International Airport (SDQ)|
|Dusseldorf||Dusseldorf||Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)|
|Kenya||Mombasa||Moi International Airport (MBA)|
|Mexico||Cancún||Cancún International Airport (CUN)|
|Tanzania||Zanzibar||Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)|
|United Kingdom||London||Stansted Airport (STD)|
On all flights, each passenger was permitted to carry one piece of free carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg. This baggage must not have exceed the overall dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm (21.6" x 15.7" x 7.8").
On domestic flights and non-long haul international flights, passengers were not given a free checked baggage allowance. However, they did have the option to purchase checked baggage either online prior to the flight or at the airport.
On intercontinental flights, passengers were given a free checked baggage allowance of 23 kg, with the option to purchase additional baggage online prior to the flight or at the airport.
Checked baggage should not exceed the overall sum of 160 cm overall (h + l + w).
Passengers were able to check-in for their flight by visiting the Blue Panorama Airlines online check-in page, clicking the check-in tab and entering their last name and reservation number. Online check-in opens 15 days prior to departure and closes two hours before scheduled flight departure time. However, this has since been suspended.
Alternatively, passengers were able to check-in at the airport of departure by visiting one of the check-in agents at the airline desk.
For flights within Italy or international flights within Europe Albania or Isla Sal, airport check-in opens two hours before scheduled flight departure time and closed 35 minutes before on domestic flights and 45 minutes before on international flights.
For long-haul intercontinental flights, airport check-in opened three hours before scheduled flight departure time and closed 45 minutes before.
There are no longer any airport check-in facilities as Blue Panorama Airlines has since suspended operations.
Economy Class is one of two cabins that the airline offered. While Economy is the more basic of the two cabins, it still offered a spacious and clean cabin with friendly flight attendants.
There were three different fares that can be purchased within Economy — SAVE, BASE and FLEX. Depending on the fare purchased, passengers were given more flexibility with their flight and will be able to change or cancel and refund their flight for a smaller fee.
Passengers were served food and drink on flights.
On select flights, passengers could enjoy the airline's in-flight entertainment system.
Business Class was the airline's more luxurious cabin, with personal space perfect for relaxation or catching up with work.
Passengers were served food and drink on flights, from the airlines Business Class menu.
Passengers could enjoy the airline's in-flight entertainment system through a personal TV screen attached to their seat.
Business Class seats were designed to give more room and comfort. Seats are set out in a 2 x 2 x 2 formation, ensuring that every passenger is either sat by the aisle or window.
Blue Panorama Airlines in-flight entertainment system was available on select flights and let passengers watch fantastic movies and TV shows for the duration of their flight.
Passengers in Business Class would have their own personal in-flight monitor. Whereas, passengers in Economy Class had to use their own personal electronic device to connect to the in-flight entertainment system.
Passengers could order a range of light snacks and drinks on all flights, with complimentary hot meals served on long-haul flights.
Business Class passengers were treated to a special Business Class dining experience, with an exclusive menu that offers a wider range of food and drink.
There was no WIFI network installed on Blue Panorama Airlines flights that allowed passengers to surf the web. However, passengers could connect to the airlines' WIFI network to connect their personal electronic device to the airline's in-flight entertainment system.
Blue Panorama Airlines didn't offer a frequent flyer program to reward its regular passengers.
Blue Panorama Airlines wasn't a member of an airline alliance at this time. However, it did have a codeshare agreement with Albawings, which allows both of the airlines to operate flights on each others behalf.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is an international airport in Rome, Italy and was the hub airport for Blue Panorama Airlines. Rome Fiumicino is the main airport in Italy and with around 45 million passengers handled each year, is one of the busiest airports in Europe. The airline has three terminal buildings and four runways.
Other than Blue Panorama Airlines, ITA Airways and Vueling also use the airport as a hub. Other airlines that fly to/from Rome Fiumicino include Air India, Air Serbia, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Czech Airlines, Delta, Ernest Airlines, Estelar Latino America, Istair Air, Lauda, Montenegro Airlines, Neos, Sichuan Airlines, TAROM, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizz Air and many more.
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