Thanks for the information gentlemen! I noticed that more than half of the Balkan Holidays flights actually goes to Britain. Its good to see that people are discovering new places for vacationing, especially since Bulgaria was never really considered a tourist destination by westerners until only recently.
The Bulgarian airline market is thoroughly confusing. From what I understand, Bulgaria now has four functioning airlines: Bulgaria Air, Balkan Holidays, Bulgarian Air Charter, and Hemus Air. From a bit of research, I managed to compile a list of aircraft from each respective company:
This company operates four Boeing 737-300s leased from Lufthansa. The aircraft registrations are as follows: LZ
, and LZ
-BOJ. This airline mainly flies between Sofia and the corresponding major European cities, as Balkan Bulgarian Airlines once did.
This company leases three Airbus 320s (LZ-BHA, LZ
-BHC) and operates four Tupolev 154s (LZ-HMI, LZ
-HMW). This airline is mainly involved in the holiday market. What do they do during the winter? Charters? Do they own the Tupolevs?
BULGARIAN AIR CHARTER
This company apparently operates six Tupolev 154s. Recent activity shows that they fly four (LZ-LCA, LZ
-LCV). This year, no activity was recorderded from any spotters on this website for the following two aircraft (LZ-LCI
-LCS). I am not sure of their market segment, other than operating charter flights to western Europe. In addition to this, I do not know weather they own their aircraft, or they are leased.
This company operates three different aircraft types: four Yakolev 40s (LZ-DOE, LZ
-DOS), three Tupolev 134s (LZ-TUH, LZ
-TUT), and three Tupolev 154s (LZ-HMF, LZ
-MHY). They have some sort of connection with Balkan Holidays, though I do not know what it is. Does Hemus Air own all these aircraft? Where do they fly? Scheduled or chartered service?