During the summer, I travelled from London-Heathrow to Sofia, Bulgaria, aboard Balkan Bulgarian, and a B737-300. Contrary to popular belief, the airline was incredibly efficient and the service was, quite easily, on par with, or perhaps even better than, other “standard” airlines. However, whilst the service was hospitably good, the food wasn’t quite so nice. Consisting of a variety of cheese and ham, I perhaps wisely chose not to eat the seemingly degrading food.
Having spent two days in Sofia sightseeing and the following two weeks as a volunteer in an orphanage in Plovdiv, I thought I’d book myself a return day-trip from Sofia to Varna, on the Black Sea coast. The newly delivered ATR-42 was acting as a replacement for the older AN-24, which normally operates the service. The service was, quite naturally, very good.
My return flight to LHR was scheduled to be aboard a LZ’s 735, however, probably due to increased demand, the TU-154 was used. Despite this, the service was, once again, worthy of praise.
In conclusion, there was, from personal experience, absolutely nothing wrong with this Eastern European airline, except, of course, the food.
PS. Has anyone else experienced this?