Air VIA

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Air VIA
Ер Виа
Air VIA logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
VL VIM CRYSTAL
Founded 1990
Operating bases
Fleet size 2
Destinations Charters
Headquarters Sofia, Bulgaria
Key people Tom De Geytere
Revenue Decrease 55.8 million (2015)[1]
Net income Decrease €0.2 million (2015)[2]
Website air-via.com

Air VIA is a charter airline with its head office in Sofia, Bulgaria,[3] that operates charter flights on behalf of European tour operators. Most Air VIA flights operate from European destinations into Varna Airport and Burgas Airport, the airline also offers wet lease subservices.[4]

History[edit]

Air VIA Tupolev Tu-154M in 1997

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 the first Bulgarian airline to operate the Airbus A320 family. In 2013, the company had 217 employees.[citation needed] On 28 August 2015, Air Via added its first Airbus A321-200 to its fleet.[5]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Air VIA destinations

Air Via mainly operates charter flights between the Bulgarian seaside airports Bourgas and Varna and countries in Western Europe and the Middle East.

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2016, the Air VIA fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Air VIA Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200
1
180
Airbus A321-200
1
220

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 24 May 2013, Air VIA flight 502 from Leipzig to Varna overshot the runway at Varna Airport after touchdown because of tailwind. Two people on board were injured during evacuation.[7][8]
  • On 4 July 2014, in clear weather and calm winds, the Air VIA's A320 flight 501 from Varna to Leipzig failed to land within length of runway 08R and touched down hard short of the runway threshold. The aircraft bounced and touched down for a second time at the very beginning of the runway (in the area of the ‘piano keys’) in a nose-high attitude resulting in a tailstrike. The landing run was completed normally and the A320 taxied to the main apron without assistance. Nobody was injured. Substantial damage occurred to the aft fuselage and a longer repair is expected.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Air VIA at Wikimedia Commons