JumboClassic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
Fresh from one of the local newspapers:
A Boeing team lead by their Regional Director for Southeast Europe will visit Sofia to meet with Balkan officials regarding the proposed lease of new Boeings. Apparently Airbus has recently also offered LZ some A/C, but airline officials consider them to be too expensive to operate in the current circumstances.
Balkan's routes are currently operated by 2 733's from LH + 1 leased Tu-154. The Boeings are on a 10-month (?) lease, so we maybe looking at new Boeing leases to follow (GEGAS, IFLS ?). Good news if true. Balkan's current condition is pretty pathetic so lets hope things will improve.
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
Thought it was Airbus who were accused of giving aircraft for free. Given the sad state of Balkan's finances I wouldn't count on this going ahead unless boeing are going in for giving very early Christmas presents.
Sad really that the airline has had such a tough time compared to LOT, CSA, Malev and even TAROM
JumboClassic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1977 times:
I don't think a 717 lease is likely at all. LZ has operated 737s since 1990 (with some brief interruptions) so they already have trained crews and mechanics. They are simply not in financial position to introduce a new type. So if they order anything at all, you can bet it will be 737s.