28th Air Detachment

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28th Air Detachment (Bulgarian: Авиоотряд 28) is an agency, subordinated to the Bulgarian government, which provides air transport for the President, Prime Minister and other high-ranking state officials.

Bulgarian Air Force Airbus A319
Bulgarian Air Force Falcon 2000


Bulgarian Air Force Tu-154M

After World War II, Bulgaria has no civil aviation and airplanes to service senior state administration and implementation of specific government tasks. After September 9, 1944 and the end of the war the only aircraft in the Bulgarian army - the bomber Heinkel He-111 - is converted into a passenger wing. The need for civil aviation gets more obvious in 1946 when the Bulgarian government delegation had to participate in international meetings related to the end of World War II. Lisunov Li-2 board 41 was delivered by Soviet Union military to Bulgaria as a transport aircraft. It was assigned to 16th Transport Air Base in Sofia to be used by the government, refurbished with a sofa and radio receiver.
In 1956 two new government aircraft Ilyushin Il-14 were delivered. Meanwhile almost all governmental flights were executed by planes and crews sent by the USSR for the exact purpose.


28th Air Detachment fleet
Aircraft Type Versions In service Service entry
Airbus A319 VIP Transport A319-112 1 LZ-AOB 2009
Airbus A330 VIP Transport (Modified) A330-223 0 (LZ-BGR) Delivery in 2015
Dassault Falcon 2000 VIP Transport Falcon 2000 1 LZ-OOI 2001
Embraer Phenom 300 VIP Transport EMB-505 Phenom 300 0 (LZ-OOJ) Delivery in 2015
Mil Mi-8 VIP Transport Mi-8PS and Mi-8TM 2 LZ-CAT / LZ-CAN -/ 2013
AgustaWestland AW109 VIP Transport AW109 1 LZ-BMB 2011

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