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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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October 24, 2016AirGo Airlines Bulgaria [added] was founded in 2011 by the Air Go Greece
June 5, 2016Air Lubo (ALK Airlines) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17 May 2016 [added]
June 2, 2016Bul Air, no information as yet [added]

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Air Ban   

1994* - 1997Inactive

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Air Ban   

1999* - 2009*Status?

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Air Bright   

2011 - 2014Renamed

^ 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   

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

^ Comments : 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

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

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Air Sofia  updated

1992 - 2007Renamed

^ 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   

1993* - 1995Inactive

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Air VIA (Bulgarian Airways)   

2000* - dateActive

^ Comments : 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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AirGo Airlines Bulgaria   

2011* - dateActive

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

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Aviobroker   

1998* - 1998*Renamed

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

Aviostart   

1999 - dateActive

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Balkan Air Tour   

2002 - 2002Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines   

1986 - 2002Inactive

^ Comments : 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

^ 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   

(2004)Began?

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BF Cargo (Bulgarian Flying Cargo)   

1993* - 2001Inactive

^ 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)   

2002 - dateActive

^ Comments : BH Air started operations in Jan2002

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Bright Aviation Services (BAS)   

2001* - 2007Inactive

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Bright Flight   

2014 - 2015Renamed

^ 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   

2016* - dateActive

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Bulair   

1968* - 1973Inactive

^ 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   

2002 - dateActive

^ 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   

2000 - dateActive

^ 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 Flying Company   

1993* - 1993*Renamed

^ 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   

(1990s)Began?

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Bunavad   

1927 - 1928Inactive

^ 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)   

1947 - 1949Renamed

^ Comments : BVS was founded on 29Jun1947

^ Genealogy : BVS >TABSO >Balkan Bulgarian Airlines

Cargo Air   

2008 - dateActive

^ 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   

(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

^ Comments : Global Getra was founded in 1991

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Heli Air Services   

1990* - dateActive

^ Comments : Heli Air Services was founded in 1990

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Hemus Air (Bulgarian Aviation Company)   

1996 - 2009Renamed

^ 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   

1998* - 1998*Renamed

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

Imagine Air   

(2005)Began?

^ 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   

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

^ Comments : 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

^ 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)   

1996 - 2007Renamed

^ Comments : 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

^ Comments : 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

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

^ Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via

Vega Airlines   

1998 - 2007Renamed

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

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

Viaggio Air   

2003 - 2007Renamed

^ Comments : 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

^ Comments : Wizz Air Bulgaria suspended operations and AOC revoked on 01Apr2011

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