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Bulgaria is a republic in south-eastern Europe, known from 1946 to 1990 as the People's Republic of Bulgaria. Situated in the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is bounded on the north by Romania, on9 the east by the Black Sea, on the south by Turkey and Greece, and on the west by Serbia and Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Once an independent kingdom, Bulgaria was dominated by the Communist Party from 1946 until 1990, when a multiparty system was adopted. During the Communist period, when Bulgaria was under the control of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the once-dominant agricultural sector was overtaken by manufacturing. The capital and largest city is Sofia
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June 8, 2017

Bulgarian Eagle is a planned passenger charter carrier based at Sofia International (SOF) [added]

October 24, 2016

AirGo Airlines Bulgaria [added] was founded in 2011 by the Air Go Greece

June 5, 2016

Air Lubo (ALK Airlines) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17May2016 [added]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Air Ban   

Inactive 1994* - 1997

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Air Ban   

Unsure 1999* - 2009*

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Air Bright   

Renamed 2011 - 2014

^ Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

^ Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air

Air Go Airlines Bulgaria   

Active 2011 - date

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Air Kona  updated

Inactive 1993 - 1994

^ Comments : TU-154M operator

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Air Lazur   

Active 1996 - date

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Air Lubo (ALK JSC)   

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Air Lubo (ALK JSC) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17May2016

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Air Mark Cargo*   

Unsure 2002* - 2006*

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Air Max   

Inactive 1996 - 2007

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Air Millic   

Unsure 2002* - 2004*

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Air Nove   

Inactive 2002* - 2004

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Air Scorpio   

Active 1990* - date

^ Comments : Air Scorpio was established in 1990 &, commenced operations in 1996

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Air Sofia  updated

Renamed 1992 - 2007

^ Comments : Air Sofia commenced operations on 11Feb1992. Passenger and cargo carrier operating to destinations in Europe. Ceased operations and relocated to Serbia on 05Mar2007 as United International Airlines

^ Genealogy : Air Sofia (Bulgaria) >United International Airlines

Air Syder Bulgarian Airways   

Inactive 1993* - 1995

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Air VIA (Bulgarian Airways)   

Active 2000* - date

^ Comments : Air VIA was founded and started operations on 30Jun1990 as Varna International Airways

^ Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via

Air Zory   

Inactive 1993* - 1998

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AirGo Airlines Bulgaria   

Active 2011* - date

^ Comments : AirGo Airlines Bulgaria was founded in 2011 by the Greek airline of the same name

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Aviobroker   

Renamed 1998* - 1998*

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^ Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air

Aviostart   

Active 1999 - date

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Balkan Air Tour   

Renamed 2002 - 2002

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^ Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines  updated

Inactive 1986 - 2002

^ Comments : BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES was formed as BVS on 29Jun1947. An international and regional passenger and cargo airline renamed from TABSO (formed prior to 1949). Ceased operating late 2002 and it's assets were taken over by the new Bulgarian flag carrier, Balkan Air Tour

^ Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Balkanian Airways   

Active 2013* - date

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Bexx Air   

Renamed 2004* - 2004

^ Comments : Bexx Air started as a charter carrier from Sofia. Forced to stop trading due to license problems. Hoped to restart as Imagine Air

^ Genealogy : Bexx Air >Imagine Air

Bexx Air Express   

Not started (2004)

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BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)   

Inactive 1993* - 2001

^ Comments : Bulgarian Flying Company was formed in 1993 & was renamed to BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)

^ Genealogy : BF CargoBulgarian Flying Company >BF Cargo

BH Air (Balkan Holidays)   

Active 2002 - date

^ Comments : BH Air started operations in Jan2002

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Bright Aviation Services (BAS)   

Inactive 2001* - 2007

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Bright Flight   

Renamed 2014 - 2015

^ Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

^ Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air

Bul Air  updated

Active 2016* - date

^ Comments : Bul Air now operates under its own AOC, as of May2017

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Bulair   

Inactive 1968* - 1973

^ Comments : Bulair was a State run airline affiliated with Balkan Bulgaria. By 1973 all aircraft had been transferred to it but it ceased operations in 1973.

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Bulgaria Air   

Active 2002 - date

^ Comments : Bulgaria Airwas established in Nov2002 as a successor to the insolvent Balkan Bulgarian Airlines & operations started on 04Dec2002

^ Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air

Bulgarian Air Charter   

Active 2000 - date

^ Comments : Bulgarian Air Charter was established in 2000 and started operations on 14Dec2000 serving inclusive tours to Bulgaria from Russia

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Bulgarian Eagle  added + updated

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Bulgarian Eagle is a planned passenger charter carrier based at Sofia International (SOF). Bulgarian Eagle is a unit of Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld) specializing in European ACMI/wet-lease requirements.

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Bulgarian Flying Company   

Renamed 1993* - 1993*

^ Comments : Bulgarian Flying Company was formed in 1993 & was renamed to BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)

^ Genealogy : Bulgarian Flying Company >BF Cargo

Bull Air Service   

Not started (1990s)

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Bunavad   

Inactive 1927 - 1928

^ Comments : Bunavad was the first national airline in Bulgaria & commenced operations on 25Oct1927. (Bulgarsko narodno vazdohoplavatelno akcionerno druzhestvo (Bulgarian National Aeronautical Corporation))

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BVS (Bulgarske Vazdusne Sobsternic)  updated

Renamed 1947 - 1949

^ Comments : [BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES was formed as BVS on 29Jun1947. An international and regional passenger and cargo airline renamed from TABSO (formed prior to 1949). Ceased operating late 2002 and it's assets were taken over by the new Bulgarian flag carrier, Balkan Air Tour]

^ Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Cargo Air   

Active 2008 - date

^ Comments : Cargo Air, the rebirth of Vega Airlines on 04Jul1997 & started operations on 15Nov1998. Re-established as Cargo Air on 26Oct2007, received AOC on 09Sep2008 & operations started on 15Sep2008

^ Genealogy : Vega Air +>Cargo Air

Citrad Airlines   

Not started (2004*)

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Dandy Airlines   

Inactive 2002* - 2004

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East-West European   

Inactive 1991* - 1991*

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European Airlines   

Unsure 1997* - 1997*

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Flying Dandy   

Unsure 2002* - 2006*

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Global Air   

Unsure 1991* - 1991*

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Global Getra (Global International)   

Inactive 1991* - 1995

^ Comments : Global Getra was founded in 1991

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Heli Air Services   

Active 1990* - date

^ Comments : Heli Air Services was founded in 1990

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Hemus Air (Bulgarian Aviation Company)   

Renamed 1996 - 2009

^ Comments : Hemus Air was established and started operations in 1986, when it branched off from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. Renamed in 1996

^ Genealogy : Hemus Air >>Bulgaria Air

Ikar Air Cargo   

Renamed 1998* - 1998*

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^ Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air

Imagine Air   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments : Bexx Air started as a charter carrier from Sofia. Forced to stop trading due to license problems. Hoped to restart as Imagine Air

^ Genealogy : Bexx Air >Imagine Air

Inter Trans Air   

Inactive 1996* - 2001

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JES Air   

Inactive 1991 - 1992

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Lucky Air (Bulgarian Lucky Flight)   

Inactive 1990* - 2000

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Mithras Air   

Inactive 2007 - 2008

^ Comments : Mithras Air was formed on 25May2007 by Mithras Investment Group & ceased operations in Apr2008

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Ocean Air   

Unsure 2004* - 2004*

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Phoenix Air Cargo   

Unsure 1996* - 1996*

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Rila Airlines   

Inactive 1999* - 2003

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Rose Air   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

^ Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air

Scorpion Air (Skorpion Air)  updated

Renamed 1996 - 2007

^ Comments : Scorpion Air was founded in 1990 & its AOC was revoked on 21Jun2007 (International and domestic passenger and cargo carrier.)

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Sigi Air Cargo   

Inactive 1991* - 1991*

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Sofia Air Cargo   

Inactive Early 1990s

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Sofia Air Lines   

Not started (2003*)

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Solis Aviation   

Inactive 2001* - 2006

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TABSO  updated

Renamed 1949 - 1968

^ Comments : [BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES was formed as BVS on 29Jun1947. An international and regional passenger and cargo airline renamed from TABSO (formed prior to 1949). Ceased operating late 2002 and it's assets were taken over by the new Bulgarian flag carrier, Balkan Air Tour]

^ Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Transair International   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Varna International Airways   

Renamed 1990 - 1991*

^ Comments : Air VIA was founded and started operations on 30Jun1990 as Varna International Airways

^ Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via

Vega Airlines   

Renamed 1998 - 2007

^ Comments : Cargo Air, the rebirth of Vega Airlines on 04Jul1997 & started operations on 15Nov1998. Re-established as Cargo Air on 26Oct2007, receiving AOC on 09Sep2008 & operations started on 15Sep2008

^ Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air

Viaggio Air  updated

Renamed 2003 - 2007

^ Comments : Viaggio Airwas founded in 2002, started operations on 27Feb2003 & merged into Hemus Air in 2007. International and domestic scheduled services from Sofia

^ Genealogy : Viaggio Air >>Hemus Air >>Bulgaria Air

Vivant Air   

Inactive 2002* - 2006

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Wizz Air Bulgaria  updated

Inactive 2005 - 2011

^ Comments : Wizz Air Bulgaria suspended operations and AOC revoked on 01Apr2011. Division of Hungary's same name airline operating scheduled services out of Sofia International (SOF)

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