LJUBLJUANA--Blue Air operates 29 Boeing 737s but is in the process of replacing the Classics with next-gen versions through 2020, says Adrian Ionascu, the Romanian low-cost carrier’s director of third-party contracts.
It expects to receive its first of 12 -800 MAX aircraft in 2019. Of the 12, Blue Air is leasing six and directly purchasing six through Boeing. The carrier will take two per year, beginning next, says Ionascu, speaking at Aviation Week Network’s MRO BEER event.
To prepare for the next-gen aircraft, he says the airline is looking for partners to help it gain operational efficiencies through data analytics, specifically for maintenance reliability and reduced costs.
Blue Air, which conducts is own base and line maintenance through its EASA Part 145 certificate, also operates its own maintenance training school.
It provides third-party maintenance services for customers such as Blue Panorma Airlines, Air Explore, Georgian Airways and Corendon Airlines.