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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

Latest updates

 

August 9, 2017 

Bulgarian Eagle has commenced revenue operations after having recently secured its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Bulgarian civil aviation authority [status change]

July 29, 2017

Electra Airways (2017 - date) currently operates an A.320 [added]

June 8, 2017

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

Air Ban   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1994* - 1997
Airline Code : -- : BAN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Ban   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1999* - 2009*
Airline Code : -- : LZP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Bright   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2011 - 2014
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air
Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

Air Go Airlines Bulgaria   

Status : Active

Dates :

2011 - date
Airline Code : 4A : AGS
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Kona  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993 - 1994
Airline Code : -- : KON
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : TU-154M operator

Air Lazur   

Status : Active

Dates :

1996 - date
Airline Code : -- : LZR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Lubo (ALK JSC)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Lubo (ALK JSC) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17May2016

Air Mark Cargo*   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Max   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : RMX
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Millic   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2004*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Nove   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2004
Airline Code : CR : NHA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Scorpio   

Status : Active

Dates :

1990* - date
Airline Code : -- : SCU
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Scorpio was established in 1990 &, commenced operations in 1996

Air Sofia  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1992 - 2007
Airline Code : CT : SFB
Genealogy : Air Sofia (Bulgaria) >United International Airlines
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

Air Syder Bulgarian Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993* - 1995
Airline Code : B5 : SDR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air VIA (Bulgarian Airways)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2000* - date
Airline Code : VL : VIM
Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via
Comments : Air VIA was founded and started operations on 30Jun1990 as Varna International Airways

Air Zory   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993* - 1998
Airline Code : -- : MZA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

AirGo Airlines Bulgaria   

Status : Active

Dates :

2011* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : AirGo Airlines Bulgaria was founded in 2011 by the Greek airline of the same name

Aviobroker   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1998* - 1998*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air
Comments : No further information at this time

Aviostart   

Status : Active

Dates :

1999 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Balkan Air Tour   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2002
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air
Comments : No further information at this time

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1986 - 2002
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
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

Balkanian Airways   

Status : Active

Dates :

2013* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Bexx Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2004* - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Bexx Air >Imagine Air
Comments : Bexx Air started as a charter carrier from Sofia. Forced to stop trading due to license problems. Hoped to restart as Imagine Air

Bexx Air Express   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2004)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993* - 2001
Airline Code : FN : BFB
Genealogy : BF CargoBulgarian Flying Company >BF Cargo
Comments : Bulgarian Flying Company was formed in 1993 & was renamed to BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)

BH Air (Balkan Holidays)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2002 - date
Airline Code : 1B : BGH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : BH Air started operations in Jan2002

Bright Aviation Services (BAS)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001* - 2007
Airline Code : -- : BRW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Bright Flight   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2014 - 2015
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air
Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

Bul Air  updated

Status : Active

Dates :

2016* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bul Air now operates under its own AOC, as of May2017

Bulair   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1968* - 1973
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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.

Bulgaria Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2002 - date
Airline Code : FB : LZB
Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air
Comments : Bulgaria Airwas established in Nov2002 as a successor to the insolvent Balkan Bulgarian Airlines & operations started on 04Dec2002

Bulgarian Air Charter   

Status : Active

Dates :

2000 - date
Airline Code : 1T : BUC
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bulgarian Air Charter was established in 2000 and started operations on 14Dec2000 serving inclusive tours to Bulgaria from Russia

Bulgarian Eagle  added + updated x2

Status : Active

Dates :

2017 - date
Airline Code : -- : BEG
Genealogy : Nil tree
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. Started operations on 04Aug2017 after receiving its AOC a day earlier

Bulgarian Flying Company   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1993* - 1993*
Airline Code : -- : BFB
Genealogy : Bulgarian Flying Company >BF Cargo
Comments : Bulgarian Flying Company was formed in 1993 & was renamed to BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)

Bull Air Service   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1990s)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Bunavad   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1927 - 1928
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bunavad was the first national airline in Bulgaria & commenced operations on 25Oct1927. (Bulgarsko narodno vazdohoplavatelno akcionerno druzhestvo (Bulgarian National Aeronautical Corporation))

BVS (Bulgarske Vazdusne Sobsternic)  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1947 - 1949
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
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]

Cargo Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : -- : VEA
Genealogy : Vega Air +>Cargo Air
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

Citrad Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2004*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Dandy Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2004
Airline Code : ZD : DDD
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

East-West European   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991* - 1991*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Electra Airways  added + updated

Status : Active

Dates :

2017 - date
Airline Code : -- : EAF
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Electra Airways currently operates an A.320

European Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1997* - 1997*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Flying Dandy   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Global Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1991* - 1991*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Global Getra (Global International)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991* - 1995
Airline Code : -- : GLJ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Global Getra was founded in 1991

Heli Air Services   

Status : Active

Dates :

1990* - date
Airline Code : -- : HLR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Heli Air Services was founded in 1990

Hemus Air (Bulgarian Aviation Company)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1996 - 2009
Airline Code : DU : HMS
Genealogy : Hemus Air >>Bulgaria Air
Comments : Hemus Air was established and started operations in 1986, when it branched off from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. Renamed in 1996

Ikar Air Cargo   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1998* - 1998*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air
Comments : No further information at this time

Imagine Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2005)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Bexx Air >Imagine Air
Comments : Bexx Air started as a charter carrier from Sofia. Forced to stop trading due to license problems. Hoped to restart as Imagine Air

Inter Trans Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996* - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ITT
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

JES Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991 - 1992
Airline Code : -- : JES
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Lucky Air (Bulgarian Lucky Flight)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1990* - 2000
Airline Code : DN : BLF
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Mithras Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2007 - 2008
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Mithras Air was formed on 25May2007 by Mithras Investment Group & ceased operations in Apr2008

Ocean Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2004*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Phoenix Air Cargo   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1996* - 1996*
Airline Code : -- : PXB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Rila Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1999* - 2003
Airline Code : -- : RAB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Rose Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2015 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air
Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services

Scorpion Air (Skorpion Air)  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1996 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : SPN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Scorpion Air was founded in 1990 & its AOC was revoked on 21Jun2007 (International and domestic passenger and cargo carrier.)

Sigi Air Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991* - 1991*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Sofia Air Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

Early 1990s
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Sofia Air Lines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2003*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Solis Aviation   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001* - 2006
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

TABSO  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1949 - 1968
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
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]

Transair International   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Varna International Airways   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1990 - 1991*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via
Comments : Air VIA was founded and started operations on 30Jun1990 as Varna International Airways

Vega Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1998 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : VEA
Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air
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

Viaggio Air  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2003 - 2007
Airline Code : VM : VOA
Genealogy : Viaggio Air >>Hemus Air >>Bulgaria Air
Comments : Viaggio Airwas founded in 2002, started operations on 27Feb2003 & merged into Hemus Air in 2007. International and domestic scheduled services from Sofia

Vivant Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2006
Airline Code : -- : VVI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Wizz Air Bulgaria  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2005 - 2011
Airline Code : 8Z : WVL
Genealogy : Nil tree
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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