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B&H Airlines
IATA
JA
ICAO
BON
Callsign
AIR BOSNA
Founded 1994 (as Air Bosna)
Hubs Sarajevo International Airport
Focus cities Banja Luka International Airport
Mostar International Airport
Frequent flyer program Miles&Smiles
Member lounge Business Class passengers can use the lounge at Sarajevo International Airport
Fleet size 3 (+2 on order)
Destinations 13
Company slogan The airline of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Parent company Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 50.93%, Turkish Airlines 49% and Energoinvest 0.07%
Headquarters Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Key people Nudžeim Rečica (Director), Slavica Kasumagić (Sales)
Website bhairlines.ba/english/

B&H Airlines is an airline with its head office in the Energoinvest Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,[1] operating scheduled services, charter passenger services and small cargo services. With its home base at the Sarajevo International Airport, the airline is the flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

The airline is jointly owned by the government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (50.93%), Turkish Airlines (49%) and Energoinvest 0.07%.[2]

Contents

History

The airline was founded on 12 August 1994 as Air Bosna.[3] In the autumn of 2003, the airline ceased operations due to an increased debt that it could no longer repay. It remained defunct until May 2004, when the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina promised to revive it. In June 2005 restarted operations as B&H Airlines, operating a pair of ATR-72 aircraft.

The logo of Air Bosna, B&H Airlines' predecessor

In late 2007, the Bosnian government announced it was to sell shares in B&H Airlines.[3] On 23 February 2008 it was reported that Turkish Airlines were in negotiations to buy the airline [4], and on 30 March 2008 that Croatia Airlines was also interested in a stake.[5] The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina also invited Comintel and MyAir (in addition to Turkish Airlines and Croatia Airlines) to recapitalise the airline.[6]

Bids were received from Turkish Airlines, Malaysia's Comintel Corporation and a Jordanian consortium, which included Royal Jordanian Airlines.[7] On 29 October 2008, the Bosnian government announced that Turkish Airlines had been picked as the best bidder in an auction for B&H Airlines shares.[8] Turkish Airlines has proposed covering the cost of leasing two Boeing aircraft and taking over a government loan as conditions of obtaining an increased stake in the company.[8]

Destinations

B&H Airlines B737-400 at Sarajevo Airport
B&H Airlines B737-400 at Copenhagen Airport
B&H Airlines ATR-72-212
B&H Airlines ATR-72-212
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Codeshares

B&H have codeshare agreements with Jat Airways and Turkish Airlines.

Future destinations

  • With the arrival of the first 737–700 the number of flights will be slightly increased. No new destinations have been announced yet, although it seems just a matter of time until flights to Amsterdam will be launched. From this new destination passengers flying to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina can connect for flights to countries like USA, Canada, Australia, etc.
  • B&H Airlines is looking to set up a similar agreement with airlines flying from Zürich to the USA
  • Furthermore B&H Airlines sees it as a priority to expand the number of flights to their current destinations.

Previous destinations

Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, Cologne, Izmir, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Skopje, Stuttgart, Zagreb, New York

Fleet

B&H Airlines Boeing 737–400
B&H Airlines ATR-72

As of January 2010 the B&H Airlines fleet includes [2] :

B&H Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers (Business/Economy) Registration Notes
ATR 72-212 2 66 (10/56) E7-AAD
E7-AAE
Boeing 737-400 1 146 (8/138) TC-JDH Wet-leased from Turkish Airlines
Exit from fleet when second 737-700 arrives, will be returned to Turkish Airlines
Boeing 737-700 0 2 124 (12/112) (XA-LUN – To become E7-...) First will be delivered in March, second one possibly after Summer Season from Turkish Airlines
Total: 3 2

Passenger statistics and income

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
24,906 59,792 68,222 61,9041 87,1582
  • Income
2005 2006 2007 2008
11,743,457 KM 19,623,342 KM 24,183,951 KM 38,987,126 KM

1Only passengers from Sarajevo Airport, (passengers from Mostar, Tuzla and Banja Luka are not included.)

2Only passengers from Sarajevo Airport and Tuzla Airport, (passengers from Banja Luka are not lncluded.)

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