|Commenced operations||January 2002|
|Key people||Yanko Ivanov (CEO)|
BH Air Ltd., or Balkan Holidays Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is a branch of tour operator Balkan Holidays International and as such offers charter flights to the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, Israel and Switzerland, as well as ad hoc charters to other destinations. The airline's main base is Sofia Airport, secondary ones at Bourgas Airport, Varna Airport and Plovdiv Airport.
BH Air was founded in 2001 and began operations in January 2002 with flights from Sofia for needs of the UK tour operator "Balkan Holidays" - London. It is owned by Balkan Holidays International. The airline began to fly with a single Tupolev Tu-154M, and the number of aircraft increased to four a few months later.
In the summer of 2003 its first Airbus A320 was put into operation. Later the airline leased three more Airbus A320s, and the fleet increased to eight aircraft - four Tu-154Ms and four A320s. In 2004 the airline begin to perform charter flights for Balkan Holidays, Kuoni, TUI and a large number of smaller tour operators. For 2004 BH Air transported around 400,000 passengers to and from Bulgaria.
In 2005 BH Air signed a two-year contract for a wet lease with Virgin Group. This led to the creation of a new airline in Nigeria - Virgin Nigeria. BH Air aircraft also operated for Air Arabia and Pacific Airlines.
In 2006 the airline retired its Tu-154s.
In 2007 after the work with Virgin Group and gaining experience, BH Air participated in the creation of a new airline in Sri Lanka - Mihin Lanka. The company also operated private business flights with one Gulfstream G550 and one Gulfstream G200 . The aircraft were operated mainly for First Investment Bank.
On January 17, 2013, the company was granted an exemption from the United States of America Department of Transportation (DoT) for flights to USA specifically to New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) as the company requested in its application to DoT in November 2012.
At this moment BH Air has over 300 employees, of which more than 40 are pilots and 100 are cabin crew.
BH Air operates 4 Airbus A320 and two Airbus A319, one of the A319 operated for Bulgarian government. As of September 2013, the BH Air fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 11.2 years:
||one operated for 28th Air Detachment and one for RAK Airways|
||one leased to Eritrean Airlines|
||Last updated September 2013|
|Total||2||Last updated September 2013|
- "Contact us." BH Air. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. "BH Air Ltd. 7A Dyakon Ignatii Str., 2nd floor, Sofia, 1000 Republic of Bulgaria"
- Flight International 27 March 2007
- BH Air fleet list at planespotters.net
- BH Air LZ-FIA captions at BGspotters.net
- BH Air LZ-FIB captions at BGspotters.net
- Photos - BH Heli captions on BGspotters.net
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