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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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5 June 2016Air Lubo (ALK Airlines) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17 May 2016 [added]
2 June 2016Bul Air, no information as yet [added]
23 September 2015Status changed as Hemus Air merged into Bulgaria Air in 2010 [update]
AirlineOperating DatesStatusComments

Air Ban

1994* - 1997Inactive

 

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Air Ban

1999* - 2009*Status?

 

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Air Bright

2011 - 2014Renamed

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

2011 - dateActive

 

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Air Kona

**** - ****Status?

 

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Air Lazur

1996 - dateActive

 

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Air Lubo (ALK JSC)

2016 - dateActive

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

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Air Mark Cargo*

2002* - 2006*Status?

 

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Air Max

1996 - 2007Inactive

 

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Air Millic

2002* - 2004*Status?

 

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Air Nove

2002* - 2004Inactive

 

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Air Scorpio

1990* - dateActive

Air Scorpio was established in 1990 &, commenced operations in 1996

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Air Sofia

1992 - 2007Renamed

Air Sofia commenced operations on 11Feb1992. Ceased operations and relocated to Serbia on 05Mar2007 as United International Airlines

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

Air Syder Bulgarian Airways

1993* - 1995Inactive

 

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Air VIA (Bulgarian Airways)

2000* - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy - Varna International Airways >Air Via

Air Zory

1993* - 1998Inactive

 

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Aviobroker

1998* - 1998*Renamed

 

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

Aviostart

1999 - dateActive

 

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Balkan Air Tour

2002 - 2002Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

1986 - 2002Inactive

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines was founded as BVS on 29Jun1947

^ Genealogy - BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Balkanian Airways

2013* - dateActive

 

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Bexx Air

2004* - 2004Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Imagine Air

Bexx Air Express

(2004)Began?

 

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BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)

1993* - 2001Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - BF Cargo

BH Air (Balkan Holidays)

2002 - dateActive

BH Air started operations in Jan2002

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Bright Aviation Services (BAS)

2001* - 2007Inactive

 

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Bright Flight

2014 - 2015Renamed

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

^ Genealogy - Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air

Bul Air

2016* - dateActive

No info Bul Air as yet

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Bulair

1968* - 1973Inactive

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

2002 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy - Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air

Bulgarian Air Charter

2000 - dateActive

Bulgarian Air Charter was established in 2000 and started operations on 14Dec2000

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Bulgarian Flying Company

1992* - 1993*Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >BF Cargo

Bull Air Service

(1990s)Began?

 

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Bunavad

1927 - 1928Inactive

Bunavad was the first national airline in Bulgaria & commenced operations on 25Oct1927

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BVS (Bulgarske Vazdusne Sobsternic)

1947 - 1949Renamed

BVS was founded on 29Jun1947

^ Genealogy - BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Cargo Air

2008 - dateActive

Cargo Air was formed as Vega Airlines on 04Jul1997 & started ops on 15Nov1998. Reestablished as Cargo Air on 26Oct2007 & ops started on 15Sep2008

^ Genealogy - Vega Air +>Cargo Air

Citrad Airlines

(2004*)Began?

 

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Dandy Airlines

2002* - 2004Inactive

 

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East-West European

1991* - 1991*Inactive

 

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European Airlines

1997* - 1997*Status?

 

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Flying Dandy

2002* - 2006*Status?

 

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Global Air

1991* - 1991*Status?

 

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Global Getra (Global International)

1991* - 1995Inactive

Global Getra was founded in 1991

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Heli Air Services

1990* - dateActive

Heli Air Services was founded in 1990

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Hemus Air (Bulgarian Aviation Company)

1996 - 2009Renamed

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

1998* - 1998*Renamed

 

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

Imagine Air

(2005)Began?

 

^ Genealogy - Imagine Air

Inter Trans Air

1996* - 2001Inactive

 

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JES Air

1991 - 1992Inactive

 

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Lucky Air (Bulgarian Lucky Flight)

1990* - 2000Inactive

 

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Mithras Air

2007 - 2008Inactive

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

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Ocean Air

2004* - 2004*Status?

 

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Phoenix Air Cargo

1996* - 1996*Status?

 

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Rila Airlines

1999* - 2003Inactive

 

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Rose Air

2015 - dateActive

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)

1996 - 2007Renamed

Scorpion Air was founded in 1990 & its AOC was revoked on 21Jun2007

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Sigi Air Cargo

1991* - 1991*Inactive

 

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Sofia Air Cargo

Early 1990sInactive

 

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Sofia Air Lines

(2003*)Began?

 

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Solis Aviation

2001* - 2006Inactive

 

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TABSO

1949 - 1968Renamed

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines was founded as BVS on 29Jun1947

^ Genealogy - BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Transair International

2004* - 2006*Status?

 

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Varna International Airways

1990 - 1991*Renamed

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

^ Genealogy - Varna International Airways >Air Via

Vega Airlines

1998 - 2007Renamed

Cargo Air was formed as Vega Airlines in Plovdiv on 04Jul1997 & started operations in Nov1998. Reestablished as Cargo Air on 26Oct2007

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

Viaggio Air

2003 - 2007Renamed

Viaggio Airwas founded in 2002, started operations on 27Feb2003 & merged into Hemus Air in 2007

^ Genealogy - Viaggio Air >>Hemus Air >>Bulgaria Air

Vivant Air

2002* - 2006Inactive

 

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Wizz Air Bulgaria

2005 - 2011Inactive

Wizz Air Bulgaria suspended operations and AOC revoked on 01Apr2011

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