Air Botnia goes Blue

Air Botnia Avro RJ85 OH-SAI

Air Botnia Avro RJ85 OH-SAI landing at Copenhagen (Johan Kellerman)

Finnish airline Air Botnia, a subsidiary of SAS, has announced that it will be changing its name to Blue1 from 1 January 2004. The name change comes as Air Botnia prepares to substantially increase its capacity, by adding two Avro RJ85s and two Avro RJ100s to its five current Avro RJ85s. The new aircraft will increase passenger capacity by 60 percent and enable the airline to open new routes. Service from Helsinki to Dusseldorf began in May, and service to Geneva will begin on 6 October. Air Botnia’s RJ85s are configured with 79 seats, while the RJ100s will have 99 seats. They are currently being prepared for delivery. All four should arrive in late October or early November.

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