bobrayner
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Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:09 am

I stumbled across this site...
http://www.airbosnia.com/default_en.asp
Never heard of them before, and a search of a.net doesn't reveal much.

Have any of you come across Air Bosna? What do you think of their fleet / service / schedule / whatever? Are they good / bad / indifferent?

(Speaking as a geek, it's one of the worst airline websites I've ever seen, so that doesn't inspire much confidence in their backoffice; but £198 / €288 seems like a good deal for an unusual destination - could be an interesting weekend away  Smile )
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afitch7881
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 2:05 pm

Air Bosna is the national airline for Bosnia based in Sarajevo. I believe they have A319's or are planning on getting some. They also have some older russians and ATR's.


Like other small European airlines, the web site is lacking. I have heard their service is good, and I believe they are tied in with Croation airlines on a FF basis.
 
Unique
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 3:12 pm

The web site is not lacking...


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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:33 pm

When will the next MD-80 follow which was rumoured some time ago?
 
backfire
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:05 pm

I believe they have A319's or are planning on getting some.

Har har. Last I heard they were operating an MD80 and trying to lease a hushkitted 737-200.
 
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:12 pm

I have travelled into and out of Croatia and BiH in recent years (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar, Sarajevo). Do yourself a favor and stick with Croatia Airlines for the time being. No knock on Air Bosna, but they need time to grow.
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:16 pm

Backfire, they DID lease a B732...


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backfire
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:31 pm

Nice photo. Interesting that it was still Serb-registered. Looks like they'd originally intended to do a lot more with it, too...



Air Bosna to serve London with Serbian 737
David Kaminski-Morrow, London (08Jan03, 16:58 GMT, 221 words)

Bosnian flag-carrier Air Bosna is forging a partnership with Serbian air charter company Aviogenex under which it is to launch flights between Sarajevo, Belgrade and London Gatwick next month.

Under the partnership agreement Air Bosna took delivery of a hushkitted Boeing 737-200 from Aviogenex which it will use to operate the three-times weekly service, which begins on 3 February.

A spokesman for the carrier says that the Serbian-Bosnian deal is important as it represents an improving relationship between the Balkan region states, following the conflict in the 1990s. Cross-border relations are still strained; airlines are still finding it difficult to restore air links between Balkan capital cities.

“We think this is the first case of such a regional [air transport] partnership,” says the spokesman. “It will be welcomed by all the people looking towards this region.”

Configured with 12 business-class and 101 economy-class seats, the jet will operate in Air Bosna colours but will retain its Serbian registration. The spokesman says that it will initially be operated by an Aviogenex crew and eventually by crews from both carriers once Air Bosna has trained its pilots on the type.

Air Bosna, which presently serves several European destinations with its single Boeing MD-81 aircraft, says it is hoping that the new partnership will lead to other similar agreements with carriers in the region.
 
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:35 pm

that's aviation... Big grin
 
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RE: Air Bosna?

Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:56 pm

I have been told that Air Bosna only has the MD-81 in the fleet now, in addition to a Let L410 which was recently put into operation on the Sarajevo-Rome and Sarajevo-Belgrade routes.
 
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RE: Air Bosna?

Thu May 01, 2003 2:32 am

Air Bosna has been advancing gradually over the years, making a prefered transition from eastern to western technology. The biggest success for the airline was the leasing of the MD-81, since it improved the size, level of comfort, and efficiency. Nevertheless the company has much much more room for improvement.

Air Bosna - Aviogenex

Along with the development came cooperation with Aviogenex from Serbia, and with the leasing of the Aviogenex Boeing 737-200. The aircraft was produced in the late 1980s, hushkitted; so it conforms with all EU regulations. The GM of Air Bosna said that the 737-200 was saving the company at least $60,000 on its operations on a monthly basis, but the company was forced to return the aircraft to Aviogenex because of threats from extremists in the Bosnian government and extremist mafia groups that hinder economic and cultural development for the overall population.

Air Bosna - Airbus

Back a few years ago the Bosnian government sponsored the project initiated by Air Bosna to accelerate its fleet modernisation. The ideas was to purchase two Airbus 319s. Nevertheless this was more of a wish than anything else. Neither the airline nor the government have money to spend on two new planes, and thus the idea was terminated. Even leasing two A319s is considered unrealistic.

Fierce competition

A few major carrier no operate flights to that Sarajevo. Air Bosna flies to a few cities: Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Rome, and Stokholm. I dont know whether they still fly to OMO, though i doubt there is much demand for such a flight. Airlines that have essentially saturated a great share of the Sarajevo market include Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, and Malev. Turkish Airlines, Croatia Airlines, and Adria Airways also fly regularly to SJJ.

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