MIAMI – The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) informed this week that Blue Panorama (BV) notified the suspension of all commercial activity due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The carrier’s decision follows the proceedings initiated by ENAC on October 22 for the suspension of the carrier’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Air Transport Licence. The decision related to the request for clarification on the financial shortcomings found in the company, which, however, never had an impact on flight safety.
Taking note of the communication, therefore, ENAC proceeded with the suspension of BV’s Air Operator Certificate and Air Transport Operating License.
The Civil Aviation Authority Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile invited passengers holding tickets issued by BV to contact the airline for any information and will continue to monitor developments in the coming days in order to protect the public interest and passengers, it said in an official statement.
About the Airline
Blue Panorama Airlines is headquartered in Fiumicino (FCO) operating scheduled and charter flights to various domestic and international destinations using both Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft. Additional business charter flights used to be operated under the name Executive Blue.
The airline was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci and became an IATA member in 2002. In January 2012, Alitalia mentioned interest in merging with BV, as well as with Wind Jet (IV), another Italian airline. In April of that year, the now-defunct Alitalia decided not to proceed with the acquisitions.
By the end of 2019, BV announced a rebranding to Luke Air, revealing a new yellow-blue livery on an Airbus A330-200 which was delivered on March 7, 2020. In late 2020, BV retired their last Boeing 767-300ER. In January 2021.
As of late 2021, the airline was still in the process to change its brand name to Luke Air, with its official website content changed to Luke Air operated by Blue Panorama Airlines. At the time, BV retired their former Blu-express brand used for domestic and short-haul destinations.
Featured image: Blue Panorama 9H-GFP Boeing 737-89L(WL). Photo: Alberto Cunici/Airways