|Founded||1994 (as Air Bosna)|
|Ceased operations||2 July 2015|
|Hubs||Sarajevo International Airport|
|Company slogan||Fly B&H Airlines|
|Parent company||Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (99.93%)|
|Headquarters||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Key people||Amir Jažić, CEO|
B&H Airlines, d.o.o. was the flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina with its head office in Sarajevo. It operated scheduled and charter passenger services as well as small cargo services from its home base at Sarajevo International Airport.
The airline was founded on 12 August 1994 as Air Bosna. In the autumn of 2003, the airline ceased operations due to inability to repay its debt. 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. On 23 February 2008 it was reported that Turkish Airlines were in negotiations to buy the airline, and on 30 March 2008 that Croatia Airlines was also interested in a stake. 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.
Bids were received from Turkish Airlines, Malaysia's Comintel Corporation and a Jordanian consortium, which included Royal Jordanian. 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. 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. However, in June 2012 Turkish Airlines ended the joint venture following which the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave the airline a cash injection of €3.5 million.
Development since 2012
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%). In April 2013 the airline had to cancel flights when its only airworthy ATR 72 aircraft was withdrawn for maintenance.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.
In June 2015, the Federation government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided to liquidate its carrier, B&H Airlines, saying the move is “not the end of the world”. The Federal Minister for Transport and Communication, Denis Lasić, said that the best option would be for the airline to declare bankruptcy. “They [B&H Airlines] have eaten up everything they had and now they are in a situation where they must redirect all state funding to HETA”. B&H has some eight million euros worth of debt owed to HETA, the asset management company, for the financial lease of its two ATR 72s. The Minister added, “It has come to this. The newly formed government is not at fault, we are accused for saying it how it is. I have held talks with the Prime Minister Fadil Novalić and the conclusion is to liquidate the carrier. It is not the end of the world. It is a state-owned company but other carriers in the region aren’t exactly pushing daisies either”. B&H Airlines owed the airport of Sarajevo over 3,5 Million Euros and the lessor of their aircraft over 7,5 Million Euros. The overall debt accumulated to over 17 Million US-Dollars at the time of closure.
- Bosnia and Herzegowina
As of the time of closure, the B&H Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
Previously, B&H Airlines operated the following aircraft:
- Airbus A319-100
- ATR 42
- Boeing 737-200
- Boeing 737-400
- CASA C-212 Aviocar
- Fokker 50
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80
- Yakovlev Yak-42
- Sarajevo International Airport
- Banja Luka International Airport
- List of airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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