The new aircraft arrived into Southampton Airport for the first time on Friday 6th December and was welcomed with a spectacular water cannon salute. Over 110,000 extra seats per year will be available. The airline has seen continuous growth over the past three years as their strategic business plans have come to fruition.
The ATR 72-500 is a sixty-six seat turbo prop aircraft and is the first of this type for Blue Islands. The aircraft is operated by two pilots and two cabin crew.
Rob Veron, Managing Director of Blue Islands said “This is very exciting news as not only have we taken delivery of our third aircraft acquired this year, but a larger aircraft with 43% more capacity than the ATR-42. Enhancing the experience for our passengers is at the forefront of our minds as we move into 2014 with strategic business plans just as ambitious as the past three years.”
The airline looks forward to extending their unique ‘welcome difference’ product to more passengers. “In true Blue Islands fashion, the price quoted is always the price paid, but in addition a very special in flight service will be available on our Southampton service. Hot bacon sandwiches for breakfast and full Champagne bar service for the return flights – complimentary for all passengers, of course. All Blue Islands passengers will also benefit from fast-track security at Southampton Airport.”
Dave Lees, Managing Director of Southampton Airport said “This is a really exciting development for Blue Islands and Southampton Airport. We are looking forward to welcoming more passengers on this route to and from Guernsey and expect many people from the island to take advantage of the special rail tickets available to passengers, giving them quick and easy access to London.”
The upgraded service is launched with a new lower fare, starting from £39.