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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
Amendments  

06 May 2018

Vivant Air was a passenger charter carrier based out of Sofia International (SOF) in the early 2000s [updated]

27 Feb 2018

No further information about Airea Bulgaria at this time [added]

27 Feb 2018

Voyage Air was established in 2006 & was issued AOC/Aircraft Operation License BG-53 for transportation of passengers and cargo on 01Sep2015 [added]

Air Ban (i)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Air Ban (ii)  last update: 27Feb2018

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1999* - 2009*
Airline Code : -- : LZP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Ban (ii) offers Air Ambulance/Medevac , Freight , Hazardous Freight , Passenger , Photography/Film , Sightseeing/Leisure , Survey/Surveillance
Aircraft : Airbus AS365 | Eurocopter BO105

Air Bright  last update: 27Feb2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2011 - 2014
Airline Code : -- : REM
Genealogy : Air Bright >Bright Flight >Rose Air
Comments : Rose Air was formed on 28Mar2006 as Air Bright, a successor to Bright Aviation Services
Aircraft : An-26

Air BTR  added: 27Feb2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2012* - date
Airline Code : -- : TBR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air BTR was founded in May2012 for low-cost charter and ACMI flights. Appears to have started operations in Sep2012
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Go Airlines Bulgaria   

Status : Active

Dates :

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

Air Kona  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993 - 1994
Airline Code : -- : KON
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Tu-154M

Air Lazur  last update: 27Feb2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2002* - date
Airline Code : -- : LZR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Lazur General Aviation is an air company owned by Petrol Holding Joint-Stock Company. It was established in 2002 but it actually exists since 1996 being the successor of the following air companies: Yukos, Naftex and Petrol Holding Joint-Stock Company
Aircraft : Bombardier Challenger 604

Air Mark Cargo*   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2002* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : An-12BP

Air Max   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Air Millic   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Air Nove   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Air Sofia  last update: 01Dec2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1992 - 2007
Airline Code : CT : SFB
Genealogy : Air Sofia (Bulgaria) >United International Airlines (Serbia
Comments : No further information at this time [UIA (United International Airlines) had previously operated under the name Air Sofia and was based in Sofia, Bulgaria, It commenced operations on 11Feb1992. On 05Mar2007, after Bulgaria joined the EU, the airline lost its license from the Bulgarian government, along with 4 other airlines. The airline relocated to Serbia and was renamed. However, approximately one year later, in 2008, the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate also withdrew their license (Cargo carrier out of Belgrade)]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Syder Bulgarian Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Air VIA (Bulgarian Airways)  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2000* - 2017*
Airline Code : VL : VIM
Genealogy : Varna International Airways >Air Via
Comments : Air VIA was founded and started operations on 30Jun1990 as Varna International Airways. It started operations with five new Tupolev 154M. The airline ceased operations (International passenger charter services out of Sofia International)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Zory   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Airea Bulgaria  added: 27Feb2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information about Airea Bulgaria at this time
Aircraft : Nil 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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

ALK Airlines (Air Lubo )  last update: 28Feb2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : VBB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : ALK Airlines (Air Lubo ) was formed in 2012 & started services on 17May2016
Aircraft : MD.82

Aviobroker   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

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

Aviostart   

Status : Active

Dates :

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

Balkan Air Tour   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

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

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines  last update: 2017

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Balkanian Airways  last update: 28Oct2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2012 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Balkanian Airways is a passenger charter carrier based out of Plovdiv International (PDV)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bexx Air   

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bexx Air Express   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

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

BH Air (Balkan Holidays)  last update: 28Oct2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2002 - date
Airline Code : BH : BGH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : BH Air was founded in 2001 & started operations in Jan2002. 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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bright Aviation Services (BAS)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Bright Flight   

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bul Air  last update: 2017 x2

Status : Active

Dates :

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

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.
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bulgaria Air  last update: 25Dec2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2002 - date
Airline Code : FB : LZB
Genealogy : Balkan Air Tour >Bulgaria Air
Comments : BULGARIA AIR suceeded the defunct Balkan Bulgarian Airlines and was called BALKAN AIR TOUR. Rebranded in Nov2002 & operations started on 04Dec2002. Bulgaria's national carrier offering international scheduled services
Aircraft : Nil at this time

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bulgarian Eagle  added: 2017 + last update: 23Nov2017

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. It was founded in Nov 2016 & started operations on 04Aug2017 after receiving its AOC a day earlier
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bulgarian Flying Company   

Status : Renamed / merged

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)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bull Air Service   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

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

Bunavad  last update: 26Oct2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1927 - 1928
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bunavad was the first national airline in Bulgaria & commenced operations on 25Oct1927. The abbreviation stands for Bulgarsko narodno vazdohoplavatelno akcionerno druzhestvo (Bulgarian National Aeronautical Corporation). It operated flights between major Bulgarian cities from October 1927 until it ceased operations a year later. Bunavad's unofficial successor was Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Aircraft : Nil at this time

BVS (Bulgarske Vazdusne Sobsternic)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

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]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Cargo Air  last update: 01Mar2018

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
Aircraft : Boeing 737-400F | Boeing 737-300F | Boeing 737-800BCF

Citrad Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

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

Dandy Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

East-West European   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Electra Airways  added: 2017 + last update: 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

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

European Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Flying Dandy   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Global Air   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Heli Air Services  last update: 01Mar2018

Status : Active

Dates :

1990* - date
Airline Code : -- : HLR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Heli Air Services was founded in 1990 as a charter carrier
Aircraft : Antonov An-12 | Antonov An-24 | Cessna | Let L-410 | Mi-8

Hemus Air (Bulgarian Aviation Company)   

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Ikar Air Cargo   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1998* - 1998*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Aviobroker >Ikar Air Cargo >Vega Air +>Cargo Air
Comments : Provided cargo charter services [CARGO AIR is the rebirth of VEGA AIRLINES, which was founded in 1997 and was formerly known as AVIOBROKER and IKAR AIR CARGO]
Aircraft : Nil 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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Inter Trans Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996* - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ITT
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : On-demand charter flights
Aircraft : Nil at this time

JES Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Ocean Air   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Phoenix Air Cargo   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Rila Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Scorpion Air (Skorpion Air)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

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.)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sigi Air Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Sofia Air Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

Sofia Air Lines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

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

Solis Aviation   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

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

TABSO  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

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]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Tayaran Jet  added: 17Feb2018

Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Tayaran Jet is a planned passenger charter based out of Sofia International (SOF)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Transair International   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

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

Varna International Airways   

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Vega Airlines   

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

VIA Airways  added: 23Oct2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2017 - date
Airline Code : -- : VAW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : VIA Airways is a passenger charter carrier based out of Sofia International (SOF). It started operations on 06Feb2017
Aircraft : A.320

Viaggio Air  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Vivant Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2006
Airline Code : -- : VVI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Vivant Air was a passenger charter carrier based out of Sofia International (SOF)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Voyage Air  added: 27Feb2018

Status : Active

Dates :

2015* - date
Airline Code : -- : VRG
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Voyage Air was established in 2006 mainly for selling aircrafts and maintenance. The airline was issued AOC/Aircraft Operation License BG-53 for transportation of passengers and cargo on 01Sep2015. It is a passenger charter carrier based out of Varna International (VAR)
Aircraft : B.737–300 | B737–500 | A320

Wizz Air Bulgaria  last update: 2017

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)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
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