BH Air

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Not to be confused with B&H Airlines.
BH Air
Balkan Holidays Air
BH AIR Logo.png
IATA
8H
ICAO
BGH
Callsign
BALKAN HOLIDAYS
Founded 2001
Commenced operations January 2002
Operating bases
Fleet size 6[1]
Destinations Europe & upcoming United States
Headquarters Sofia, Bulgaria
Key people Yanko Ivanov (CEO)
Website www.bhairlines.com
A BH Air Airbus A320-200 takes off from Manchester Airport, England (2009).

BH Air Ltd. (Bulgarian: Би Ейч Еър) is a Bulgarian registered airline based in Sofia.[2] Part owned by Balkan Holidays Services, BH Air provides charter flights to tour operators in the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and other European countries, as well as ad hoc charters to other destinations. Also flights to Africa, Asia and the Middle East are operated for groups travelling in connection with cultural and sports events and on business.[3] The airline's main base is Sofia, secondary ones at Bourgas, Varna and Plovdiv.[4]

History[edit]

BH Air was founded in 2001 and began operations in January 2002 with charter flights to Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna under contract from the UK tour operator "Balkan Holidays Ltd" (No Connection with BH Air). The airline began to fly with a single Tupolev Tu-154M, and the number of aircraft increased to four a few months later.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2003 its first Airbus 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.[citation needed]

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 are operated mainly for First Investment Bank as private jets.

On January 17, 2013,[5] 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.[6]

In July 2014 the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A330-223 (LZ-AWA). The aircraft will be used for direct long-haul flights from Sofia to cities in the United States such as New York and Chicago.[7]

At this moment[when?] BH Air has over 250 employees, of which more than 40 are pilots and 100 are cabin crew.[3]

In March 2015 they've formed a Strategic Alliance with Greek's SkyGreece Airlines.[8] The aim of this Stategic Alliance is to strengthen their role in the Balkans.

From 30 June 2015 BH Air will start to operate flights to New York-JFK from Athens on behalf of SkyGreece as part of their strategic partnership.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: BH Air destinations

BH Air operates charter flights for Balkan Holidays Ltd. In Winter season to Sofia Airport and Summer season to Burgas Airport and Varna Airport.

It has been reported, though not confirmed, that from the Spring of 2015 the company is considering to start regular flights from Sofia Airport to New York and Chicago.[10] They have plans also to start regular flights to Kuala Lumpur and Kolkata after they were chosen by the Bulgarian government to operate the 2 airlines.[11][12]

Fleet[edit]

A BH Air Airbus A320 takes off from Bristol Airport, England (2008).

BH Air operates 4 Airbus A320, 1 Airbus A319, 1 Airbus A330-200.[3][13]

BH Air Fleet[14]
Aircraft
Total Orders Passengers
Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-112 1 0 150 150
Airbus A320-214 2 0 177 177
Airbus A320-232 2 0 180 180
Airbus A330-223 1 0 24 242 266
Total 6 0

Retired fleet[edit]

Other fleet[edit]

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