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3 Unusual Ways To BOJ/FB SOF-BOJ-SOF-VAR-BOJ

Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:12 am

B A C K G R O U N D
FLIEGER67 decided to visit Burgas this summer and I just couldn't miss this opportunity for the first mini a.net meeting in Bulgaria.
My original plan was to travel to Burgas by train and to fly with FLIEGER67 on the way back. Lucky for me Bulgaria air added one more flight to BOJ. Less than a week after this meeting was July Morning (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_Morning) - another reason to fly to Burgas plus a very nice bonus - flight between VAR-BOJ. So lets start!

Sofia airport - many passengers.....
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....but not any planes.
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23.06.2013 15:50-17:00
Bulgaria Air FB983
SOF-BOJ
335 km 1:10 h
Airbus 319 LZ-FBF


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Only 60 passengers today
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Vasil Levski stadium:
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Usually the plane turns right over Stara planina (mountain) and goes straight ahead to Burgas, but this time captain decided to turn left on a longer and unusual way to BOJ due to storm in Sofia.
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Lulin highway :
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Pernik:
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Kondofrey military airport. On this day was open as Sofia West Airport for commercial flights, but I couldnt see any activity down there.
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Standart catering on FB domestic flights:
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this part of BOJ is specially reserved for Bulgaira air flights:
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http://imageshack.us/a/img195/5414/z18e.jpg

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AirVIA - FLIEGER67 carrier today:
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/9355/ogmx.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img845/6851/0w77.jpg

No pictures in the terminal building because of the last year sad event.
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First meeting with a.netter in Bulgaria and short walk.


Burgas town-hall


Perfect end for this great day!

We decided that its good idea to try walking from Burgas to Burgas airport ~ 7 km sea side walk.

Next morning
Burgas sea garden - Good start for our long walk to Burgas airport.
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Salt anyone?
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/7482/1rb4.jpg

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Nice road to the airport
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Burgas behind the corner.
http://imageshack.us/a/img5/5783/pbpq.jpg

Mission accomplished !
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Checking area:
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Overcrowded:
http://imageshack.us/a/img441/8849/i1ot.jpg

The best place at Burgas airport - the terrace:
http://imageshack.us/a/img28/2326/ob7y.jpg

And of course the view from there:
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http://imageshack.us/a/img837/315/h5r0.jpg

Russians:
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Mr FLIEGER67 noticed that there were 3 FB flights but only 2 FB planes. It turned that there will be 2 hours delay, but at least instead of A319 we fly on E190. Other view of this situation in his trip report.

http://imageshack.us/a/img694/9973/b87w.jpg

Nice picture:
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Very nice picture  http://imageshack.us/a/img109/8452/dzn.jpg


24.06.2013 14:3015:10
BOJ-SOF
335 km
Bulgaria Air FB982
Embraer 190 LZ-PLO


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One happy flyer  http://imageshack.us/a/img542/9813/x7tx.jpg

Bye, bye Burgas see you soon.
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Branded milk chocolate tea & water but no napkin this time:
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Just want to say - Thank you Markus for this great trip!



Less then a week after my trip with FLIEGER67 again to Burgas for July Morning. This was third long way to reach Burgas airport, because the flight was via Varna.
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29.06.2013 09:00 09:50
SOF-VAR 365 km
Bulgaria Air FB987
Airbus 319 LZ-FBB


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Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:27 pm

II PART

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First Varna airport....


...then of course Varna...........
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and Black sea
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Varna new terminal building (it will be open this summer):
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Something that you don't see everyday - Yakutia's Dash in Bulgaria


Luxair & AirVIA
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29.06.2013 10:20 10:35
VAR-BOJ
Bulgaria Air FB987
Airbus 319 LZ-FBB


http://imageshack.us/a/img208/2038/uib2.jpg

Only 45 passengers from Sofia to Burgas plus two passengers from Varna. Bulgaria air sells tickets(30 euros OW) between Varna and Burgas but its very rear to see that someone actually flying between VAR&BOJ.
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Only Germania here
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Final shot - Bulgaria air
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C O N C L U S I O N S

Bulgaria air - IMPO they have the most beautiful female flight attendants, new planes and sufficient leg room.

Burgas airport - very interesting visitors from all Europe, great views from the terrace and option to reach it on foot from Burgas makes it very special for me.
 
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RE: 3 Unusual Ways To BOJ/FB SOF-BOJ-SOF-VAR-BOJ

Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:42 pm

Hola Alexander!

Nice to see these trips to BOJ, great to have met Markus at home. I think he is one of the great a.net ambassadors.

FB seems to offer a decent service on these short hops, nice you got to try different types of airplanes.

Nice insight of BOJ airport and the city itself, a town I had never heard of before the tragical incident that took place last year.

What a great idea to have such a nice terrace overlooking the tarmac, an a.netter delight!

BTW, FB fly SOF-BCN-SOF on Saturdays only, W6 4 flights per week and VY twice a week.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2013-07-04 11:12:29]
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RE: 3 Unusual Ways To BOJ/FB SOF-BOJ-SOF-VAR-BOJ

Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:57 pm

Hi eco


Very good TR with enough flights to give an overall insight of FB, which looks decent!

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
No pictures in the terminal building because of the last year sad event.

What happened?

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Nice picture:

Hopefully you are not talking about the greenish thing behind?   .

Thanks for sharing
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RE: 3 Unusual Ways To BOJ/FB SOF-BOJ-SOF-VAR-BOJ

Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:14 pm

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Nice to see these trips to BOJ, great to have met Markus at home. I think he is one of the great a.net ambassadors.

His trip reports always inspire me. It was real honor to met him in Bulgaria and I can only hope to met more people from a.net here.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Very good TR with enough flights to give an overall insight of FB, which looks decent!

Thank you. I am glad that you liked it.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
What happened?
Quote:
On 18 July 2012, an attack at Burgas Airport occurred. A suicide bomber boarded a bus which was transporting Israeli citizens to the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach located near Burgas, the perpetrator detonated the bomb killing 6 civilians (+ 1 suicide bomber) as well as injuring 32 people. The attack resulted in the closure of Burgas Airport for over 30 hours, resulting in the majority of flights diverting to Varna Airport.
 
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Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:54 pm

Hi, A.,

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Just want to say - Thank you Markus for this great trip!

My pleasure and the very same retour, a great trip together around Bourgas with special local insights,
remember that Bulgarian dinner and also the Johannisday herbs on the way for the airport, really good.

Great pictures and story, I hope that there are some more A.netters heading for
Bulgaria soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)
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Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:04 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
My pleasure and the very same retour, a great trip together around Bourgas with special local insights,
remember that Bulgarian dinner and also the Johannisday herbs on the way for the airport, really good.

This part is reserved for your trip report.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Great pictures and story, I hope that there are some more A.netters heading for
Bulgaria soon.

Thank you and maybe someday we will have another meeting in Varna or Plovdiv  
 
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:35 pm

Hola Eco

Nice report about Air Bulgaria! they look like a pretty ok carrier to fly.
I should come to Bulgaria as well.

Greetings
Marc
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:15 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
I should come to Bulgaria as well.

Hi Marc,
Now thats great news.
 
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Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:17 pm

Hey,

Thank you for very interesting report. Bulgaria is one of my favorite countries in Europe, warm and welcoming people and everything is dead cheap!

Bulgarian airlines are very popular around here, with increasing number of tourists visiting Bulgaria from Israel year after year, in spite of the horror terror attack a year ago. I personaly hope to visit Varna around septermber, and my first ever TR here was from BOJ: First Sun D'or Pax TR TLV-BOJ (new Link To Pics) (by EL-AL Sep 12 2009 in Trip Reports)

I had no idea there are flight VAR-BOJ! I might hop on one myself if the price is indeed that low.

Thx, Jonathan
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Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:50 pm

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
Thank you for very interesting report. Bulgaria is one of my favorite countries in Europe, warm and welcoming people and everything is dead cheap!

Hi Jonathan,
Тhank you for such kind words.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
TR here was from BOJ: First Sun D'or Pax TR TLV-BOJ (new Link To Pics)

Very good trip report.
 
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Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:59 pm

Hi Alexander...great TR of Bulgaria Air and their Airbus and EMB flights. Beautiful scenary as I would love to visit BG one day! Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Will
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Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:08 pm

Hello eco!

This is a very nice trip report and I enjoyed it. Funny thing is that I travelled many times between Belgrade and Sunny Beach in 2011 and several times all the way to Varna, but always by bus. This is a completely different perspective.

Speaking of BOJ, do you have more pics of those Soviet classics? Also, I haven't seen any Ruslans in your pics, but they were such a common sight. Do they still fly via BOJ?
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Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:49 pm

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 11):
Beautiful scenary as I would love to visit BG one day!

It will be great to met you again, specially in Bulgaria.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
Funny thing is that I travelled many times between Belgrade and Sunny Beach in 2011 and several times all the way to Varna, but always by bus.

Now that is long journey.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
Speaking of BOJ, do you have more pics of those Soviet classics? Also, I haven't seen any Ruslans in your pics, but they were such a common sight. Do they still fly via BOJ?

Unfortunately no, this summer only Belavia uses such planes on their charters to Bulgaria. And yes Ruslans still fly via BOJ, but not everyday that's way I dont have such pictures.
 
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Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:34 pm

Nice report on some interesting and uncommon airports. Thanks for sharing!

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