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Blue Panorama Airlines S.p.A. is an Italianairline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights from Italy – especially Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa – to various international destinations.Blu-express is the brand name for low-cost short and medium range flights operated by Blue Panorama. Additional business charter flights are operated under the name Executive Blue.
Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental, international, and national charter and scheduled flights. It was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci, and has been an IATA member since 2002 (IATA code BV). Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division.
In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity. The management of the airline is left to the company's founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are fully operational.
Blue Panorama Airlines codeshares with the following airlines:
On 16 July 2004, a Boeing 767 operating as flight 1504 experienced an uncontained engine failure on takeoff from Rome-Fimucino Airport. The plane successfully returned after conducting an emergency landing. Further investigation revealed that a high pressure fuel hose leaked approximately 700 kilograms of fuel into the engine's nacelle during taxi, which later ignited upon takeoff.
On September 22, 2018, a Blue Panorama Spanish pilot, Emilio Leone, was arrested by Albanian police as his colleagues reported him for trying to fly the aircraft intoxicated.
On February 27, 2019, a Blue Panorama Boeing 737-400 departing from Tirana, Albania towards Ancona, Italy, returned to Tirana shortly after take-off after thick smoke was reported in the cabin. No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident.
Passengers' names accuracy
For several years, it has been the policy of Blue Panorama Airlines to charge significant fees to passengers for minor name changes.
With Italian names, most citizens only have a first name and a last name, but no middle names. Therefore, this charge for name changes primarily affects non-Italian passengers, who tend to omit writing their middle names when booking.
In most airports where it operates, the company charges passengers EUR50 to EUR80 to have their middle names added on their boarding pass.
On the contrary, most airlines allow passengers to travel if they omit to provide their middle names when booking. Also, they do not charge them to add middle names if that is necessary for legal or safety reasons.
Numerous reports of inconsistencies with change fees suggest that this policy is biased in particular against U.S. citizens who are often charged more than EUR300 to revise the name on their ticket.