What to expect when flying with Blue Air

While I am not an uber-frequent flyer, I did fly enough in the past few years to get an idea of how things work. So I decided to write a few short notes on what to expect when flying on some of the airlines I flew on and to some of the airports I have been through. I will only post reviews on airlines I flew in the past 3 years, as aviation is a dynamic business and what I experienced 5 or 6 years ago might not hold true anymore.

As of the time of this writing, I have been a passenger on Blue Air ten times since 2007, 4 of those flights being in 2016.  They now have an all Boeing 737 fleet, with a mix of classic (-300, 400 and 500 series) and NG planes (-700 and 800). 

This year i flew twice on 737-400s and twice on 737-800s.

Overall, the cabin crew has been helpful and polite, and very friendly with our children.

The seats on the the two 737-800s and one of the 737-400s we were on are new seats, with thinner padding, but rather comfortable. They also do recline, which in other companies does not happen. On the other 737-400, the seats were old-school thick padding ones, with ashtrays in the armrests, and more comfortable than most (they don’t make ’em like they used to).

On all planes I had enough legroom  (I’m 185 cm / 6 ft) tall, but I’ve seen a man add tall as me having some trouble (longer legs / back problems? Who knows…)

Blue Air positions itself as a smart flying carrier, somewhere in the middle between low-cost carriers and full service ones. On some flights they have free meals (Bucharest to Barcelona) while on others, altogether longer (Bucharest to Malaga) they do not. They have free checked bags on domestic routes but paid checked luggage on international ones. Either way their checked baggage allowance is 32 kg, 9 kilos more than most other competitors’ 23 kg allowance.

The meals on the Barcelona route consisted of bread and butter, steamed rice with chicken and vegetables, along with cabbage salad and a chocolate chip brownie. They also have a variety of cold snacks and sandwiches as well as drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on their buy on board menu. 

In-flight entertainment is completely absent on the planes. For me and my children that isn’t a problem since we prefer looking out the windows (and we rarely watch tv at home, anyway), but for some travelers that might be a problem.

Apparently Blue Air has a 24/7 passenger assistance hotline. The only time I tried to contact them was during the  2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull when all air traffic in Europe was a mess and we couldn’t reach them but i don’t hold our against them and neither should anyone else. Other than that  we didn’t need it so I can’t tell for sure how it is.

To sum up:

Company Blue Air
Cabin flown Economy
Cabin crew 4.5 Stars
Seat comfort 4 Stars
Food&beverages 3.5 Stars
Inflight Entertainment 0 Stars
Value for money 4.2 Stars
Average 3.4 Stars
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