- Blue Islands
Alderney- Registered Office Guernsey- Headquarters Jersey- Operations Base
Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey Airport Alderney Airport Guernsey Airport
Southampton Airport Isle of Man Airport Bournemouth Airport
key_people=Derek Coates (
Chairman)Paul Sabin ( Managing Director)
Blue Islands is an
airlinebased in Jerseyin the Channel Islands. Blue Islands is a trading name for AirX Limited. It operates scheduled services from and within the Channel Islands and to Franceand the UK mainland. Its main base of operations is Jersey Airport(JER). There is also a small hub and aircraft base at Alderney Airport(ACI).
The airline was established in
2001by Le Cocq's Stores in Alderney and was initially known as Le Cocq's Airlink. It started operations carrying perishable goods from Bournemouthto Alderney. Scheduled services were added on the same route on 1 February 2002. The Rockhopper name was adopted on 29 August 2003cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International| page= 87 | date= 2007-03-27] . The company moved its main operating base from Alderney to Jersey in January 2006. Its Headquarters is now at Healthspan House, The Grange, St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The airline is wholly owned by the Healthspan Group.
The company changed the trading name from Rockhopper to Blue Islands on
14 February 2006. The move coincided with the delivery of the first of its new fleet of 19-seater BAe Jetstream aircraft and a new air link with the Isle of Man.
Since the launch of the BAe Jetstream aircraft on Inter-Island services Blue Islands has gained a majority share of the market from its competitor, helped by the recent introduction of an hourly shuttle service between Guernsey and Jersey known as the "Blue Shuttle". At December 2007 Blue Islands estimated share of the Inter-Island market was reported to be over 50%. Blue Islands have also gone on to launch new routes from the Channel Islands to Paris-Beauvais (ceased July 2008), Southampton, Geneva and Zurich with plans to start services to Brussels, Luxembourg and other European financial centres. Although the airline has stopped operating the Alderney - Shoreham route from the
12th February 2008.
Blue Islands operates the following services (at July
* Crown dependencies:
Isle of Man Airport
* United Kingdom:
The Blue Islands fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of
30 July 2008) [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=BLI&al_op=1] :
Britten-Norman Islander(Reg. G-XAXA)
Britten-Norman Trislander(One for sale [ [http://www.aradian.com/glcoc.htm G-LCOC sale details] ] ) (Reg. G-BEDP, G-LCOC)
*4 BAe Jetstream 32EP
Dornier 328-110(which is operated by ScotAirways) [ [http://www.simon-brooke.co.uk/Gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=6754 G-BYHG with Blue Islands titles on 6 November 2007] ]
* [http://www.blueislands.com Blue Islands]
* [http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?airlinesearch=Rockhopper&distinct_entry=true Photos of Rockhopper aircraft]
* [http://www.ciaviation.com CI Aviation]
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