|Key people||Michael Donsky (MD)|
Air VIA Bulgarian Airways is a charter airline with its head office in Sofia, Bulgaria, operating charter flights on behalf of the largest European tour operators, most of them from a broad range of European destinations into Varna Airport and Burgas Airport, as well wet lease subservices.
The airline was founded and started operations in 1990 as Varna International Airways. The company is licensed and certified according to the national and European standards for non-regular transport of passengers.
In 1990, Air VIA started operations with five new Tupolev 154M.
After the airline was founded by a group of private Bulgarian investors the company initially performed charter flights for Bulgarian and leading European tour operators (Neckermann, TUI Travel, Jetair and Prodintour) to and from Bulgarian seaside resorts.
In 2005, Air VIA's management decided to completely change the fleet due to the ever growing competition, EU regulations, environmental responsibility, increasing fuel prices and last but not least - higher customer requirements. Since the summer of 2006, Air VIA is once again the first Bulgarian airline to operate brand new aircraft - Airbus A320-232.
In 2006, the company had 142 employees.
Air Via mainly operates charter flights between the Bulgarian seaside airports Bourgas and Varna and countries in Western Europe and the Middle East. The company also operates charter flights on behalf of TUIfly and Condor.
The Air VIA fleet consists of an all Airbus fleet in a 180 passengers all-economy class layout. The average age of the Air VIA fleet is 5.1 years. The fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of September 2013):
||3 operated for WOW air, 1 based in the Canary Islands for charters and 1 being repaired at Varna Airport|
Incidents and accidents
- "Contacts." Air VIA. Retrieved on 28 April 2012. "AIR VIA Bulgarian Airways 54, G.M. Dimitrov Blvd., 1125 Sofia, Bulgaria"
- Flight International 27 March 2007
- Air VIA Fleet
- http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/aircraft/search?search=1&airline=&airline_text=Air+VIA¤tOperator=1&ac_manufacturer=&ac_aircraft=®istration=&grouping=1 Retrieved 22 June 2013
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