B&H Airlines

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Not to be confused with BH Air.
B&H Airlines
B and H Airlines Logo.jpg
Founded 1994 (as Air Bosna)
Hubs Sarajevo International Airport
Focus cities Banja Luka
Airport lounge available at Sarajevo Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 4
Company slogan Fly B&H Airlines
Parent company Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (99.93%)
Headquarters Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Key people Amir Jažić, CEO
Website bhairlines.ba

B&H Airlines, d.o.o. is an airline with its head office in the Energoinvest Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,[1] operating scheduled services, charter passenger services and small cargo services. With its home base at the Sarajevo International Airport, the airline is the flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]


The logo of Air Bosna, B&H Airlines' predecessor
A former Air Bosna McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in 2002

The airline was initially founded on 12 August 1994 as Air Bosna.[3] In the autumn of 2003, the airline ceased operations due to an increased debt that it could no longer repay. It remained defunct until May 2004, when the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina promised to revive it. In June 2005 it restarted operations as B&H Airlines, operating a pair of ATR-72 aircraft.

In late 2007, the Bosnian government announced it was to sell shares in B&H Airlines.[3] On 23 February 2008 it was reported that Turkish Airlines were in negotiations to buy the airline,[4] and on 30 March 2008 that Croatia Airlines was also interested in a stake.[5] The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina also invited Comintel and MyAir (in addition to Turkish Airlines and Croatia Airlines) to recapitalise the airline.[6]

Bids were received from Turkish Airlines, Malaysia's Comintel Corporation and a Jordanian consortium, which included Royal Jordanian.[7] On 29 October 2008, the Bosnian government announced that Turkish Airlines had been picked as the best bidder in an auction for B&H Airlines shares.[8] Turkish Airlines proposed to sub-lease B&H Airlines two Boeing aircraft, if requested by the airline, and in return for 49% of the shares of the company covered the lease payments of the Boeing aircraft and participated in capital increase decisions.[8] However, in June 2012 Turkish Airlines ended the joint venture[9] following which the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave the airline a cash injection of €3.5 million.[10]

As of mid-2012, the airline is jointly owned by the government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (99.93%) and Energoinvest (0.07%), after the government's purchase of a former joint stake by Turkish Airlines (49%).[2]

In April 2013 the airline had to cancel flights when its only airworthy ATR 72 aircraft was withdrawn for maintenance. Its other ATR 72 had been previously grounded for similar maintenance.[10]

Top safety record[edit]

B&H Airlines and Croatia Airlines have been rated as best in terms of safety in the former Yugoslavia in 2013 for a second year running while Air Serbia’s improved product saw its rating build on 2012, thus offering the best service in the former Yugoslavia, according to AirlineRatings.com[11] which lists safety and service ratings for 425 airlines around the world. Adria, Air Serbia and Montenegro Airlines received five out of seven stars for safety. On the other hand, both the national carriers of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina received a perfect seven out of seven score for safety standards and procedures. The two airlines fared well as they both have successfully undergone an IATA Operational Safety Audit, are allowed to operate within the European Union, have no fatalities in the past ten years, are endorsed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and both Croatia and Bosnia received top marks (eight out of eight) on the ICAO country audit. On the other hand, Adria also possesses all of the qualities as its Croatian and Bosnian counterparts but Slovenia received a four out of eight rating on the ICAO audit. Montenegro received seven out of eight on the audit but its carrier does not have the endorsement of the FAA. Similarly, Serbia received six out of eight on the ICAO audit, while its national carrier also lacks an endorsement from the FAA.[12]


A former B&H Airlines Boeing 737-400
A former B&H Airlines Airbus A319-100
Former B&H Airlines A319 at Sarajevo Int. Airport

Current destinations[edit]

B&H Airlines operates flights to the following destinations (as of October 2014)[13]

Scheduled destinations from Sarajevo[edit]

City Country IATA Weekly flights Airport
Belgrade  Serbia BEG 5 Nikola Tesla Airport
Copenhagen  Denmark CPH 2 Kastrup Airport
Zurich   Switzerland ZRH 4 Kloten Airport

Scheduled destinations from Banja Luka[edit]

City Country IATA Weekly flights Airport
Zurich   Switzerland ZRH 4 Kloten Airport

Codeshare agreements[edit]

B&H Airlines maintains a codeshare agreement with Air Serbia.[14]


Passenger numbers[15]
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Q3
24.906 59.792 68.222 61.904 87.158 138.241 129.435 59.697 31.705 30.766
Increase 140,1% Increase 14,1% Decrease 9,2% Increase 40,8% Increase 58,6% Decrease 6,7% Decrease 53,6% Decrease 46,9% Increase 23,8%


A B&H Airlines ATR72-212

As of November 2013, the B&H Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 18.3 years:[16][17][18]

B&H Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
ATR 72–212 2 66

Former fleet:


  1. ^ "Headquarters." B&H Airlines. Retrieved on 10 March 2010. "PE “B&H Airlines“ Limited Liability Company Hamdije Čemerlića Street 2/16, 71 000 Sarajevo Energoinvest Building"
  2. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007
  3. ^ a b "Public invitation for expressions of interest in recapitalization of the Public Company "B&H Airlines" d.o.o. Sarajevo" (PDF). Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "THY is in discussions with Air Bosna for possible acquisition". Hürriyet. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  5. ^ CH-Aviation – Airline News, Fleet Lists & More
  6. ^ "Partnerstvo Croatia i BH Airlinesa?". Vjesnik. 29 February 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  7. ^ Turkish Airlines Best Bid For BH Airlines - Corporate Financing Week
  8. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines picked bidder for Bosnia carrier- gov't". Hurriyet Daily News. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bosnia's BH Airline Grounded Over Debt". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "B&H Airlines", Airliner World, June 2013: p7 
  11. ^ http://www.airlineratings.com/ratings/321/b-h-airlines
  12. ^ http://exyuaviation.blogspot.com/2014/01/croatia-and-b-top-safety-air-serbia.html
  13. ^ http://www.bhairlines.ba/bhair_userfiles/file/Red%20letenja%20ljeto%202014%20-%20pdf.pdf
  14. ^ BH Airlines Partners
  15. ^ http://fzs.ba/saopcenja/2013/5.7.4.pdf
  16. ^ "BH Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  17. ^ B&H Airlines Fleet ch-aviation.ch
  18. ^ Fleet age BH Airlines airfleets.net
  19. ^ a b c d e f g BH Airlines at rzjets.com, retrieved 13-12-2014

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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