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Airlines

Name: B & H AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: BOS
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: SARAJEVO
Country: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Employees 120
Web: bhairlines.ba
Email: bkasumagic@bhairlines.ba
Telephone: +387 33 46 07 83
Fax: +387 33 46 63 38
Sita: SJJOCJA
Background
(definitions)

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. FORMERLY AIR BOSNA. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
KASINDOLSKA 136
BA-71000 SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia-Herzegovina (Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina) was established in 1992, it covers an area of 51,129 sq km, its population is 3.5 million, its capital city is Sarajevo, and its official languages are Bosnian, Serbian, & Croatian.

FEBRUARY 2000: AIR BOSNA (BOS) IS THE NATIONAL CARRIER OF THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.

SERVES BELGRADE, BERLIN, DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, ISTANBUL, STUTTGART, AND ZAGREB.

STATE OWNS 51% WITH REST HELD BY BOSNIA'S ENERGOINVEST. GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PRIVATIZE LATER.

LEASES 2 YAK 42'S FROM AIR UKRAINE (UKN).

2/2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2003) A319's (CFM56).

APRIL 2000: 120 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: SJJAPJA. (airbosna@bih.net.ba).

DECEMBER 2000: SIGNS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH YUGOSLAV'S (JAT), AND AIR SRPSKA, TO FORM THE BASIS OF A SOUTH-EAST EUROPE AIRLINE ALLIANCE, FOCUSING ON COST-CUTTING INITIATIVES, AND MAINTENANCE.

APRIL 2001: 120 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(jttp://www.airbosna.ba).

MAIN BASE: SARAJEVO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SJJ).

APRIL 2002: 120 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

OWNERS: STATE (51%); ENERGOINVEST (49%).

May 2002: Possible 757-200, North American (NNA) wet-leased for summer service to New York (JFK).

October 2002: To Oslo (MD-81, weekly).

January 2003: 737-2K3 (23912, YU-ANP), Aviogenex (AVG) wet-leased.

March 2003: 120 employees (including 20 Flight Crew (FC); 20 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 10 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(sales.sarejevo@airbosnia.com).

April 2003: Sarajevo - London Gatwick (MD-81, 2/week).

June 2003: 70 employees.

Affiliated with Energoinvest Holding - Energoair.

September 2003: Suspends operations after government fails to find a solution to clear at least part of its EUR 6.9 million debt. (BOS)'s accounts have been frozen and it faced difficulties to pay leasing fees for its sole MD-81, fuel, airport charges, and salaries for 110 employees. Last 9 months = 51,000 passengers (39K).

MD-81 (48093) returned to Elmo. Elmo sold it to Galdsheim, Sweden, who leased it to "Arnoro," Bosnia-Herzegovina for Sarajevo - Banja Luka - Copenhagen/ - Oslo/ - Stockholm/ - Gothenburg.

May 2005: Air Bosna (BOS), a state-owned carrier from the Balkan region, plans to resume flights next month after clinching a financing deal with Hypo Alpe Adria ank in Austria. According to several media outlets in Austria, Air Bosna, which went bankrupt with a debt of around $13 million nearly 2 years ago, will be renamed "BH Airlines" and restart services to Switzerland, Turkey, and Germany using 2 leased ATR72's, 66 passengers.

2 ATR 72-212's (464, T9-AAD "Sarajevo;" 465, T9-AAE "Mostar"), deliveries.

January 2007: Jat Airways (JAT) and BH Airlines (BOS), formerly Air Bosna, signed a code share agreement covering flights between Belgrade and Sarajevo.

August 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) CEO, Temel Kotil told Turkish TV network "CNBC-e" that (THY) is "interested in principle in the stake sale of Austrian Airlines (AUL)," but that it has "not taken a decision on this," "Reuters" reported. He also said it is interested in the 49% stake currently being offered in Bosnia's BH Airlines (BOS).

September 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) won the tender to acquire a 49% stake in BH Airlines (BOS), a Bosnian government official told "Reuters" in Sarajevo. "After the evaluation of all bids, we found the offer of (THY) by far the best," the unnamed official told the news service. Comintel Corporation of Malaysia and a Jordanian consortium, including Royal Jordanian (RJA) were among (THY)'s competitors.

October 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) released a statement saying it had not received "any notice" regarding its bid for BH Airlines (BOS). A Bosnian government official told media that (THY) had won the tender. "If such a notice is received, we will inform the public accordingly," (THY) said.

November 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) announced that the Bosnian government has formed a commission to negotiate (THY)'s purchase of BH Airlines (BOS).

December 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) said it signed an agreement to purchase a 49% stake in Bosnian flag carrier BH Airlines (BOS). The Bosnian government will continue to hold 51%. Under a first stage, (THY) will invest €5 million/$7 million on the lease of two additional airplanes (one 737 and one Airbus (EDS) type) for (BOS), with an additional €5 million injection to follow, "Reuters" reported.

January 2009: Turkish Airlines (THY), which agreed to acquire a 49% stake in BH Airlines (BOS) last month, is not currently pursuing an additional investment. "We are not in a hurry, but we are open-minded," Candan Kalitekin (THY) Chairman said, adding that (BOS) will serve as a sort of test for (THY). "If it is not working for us, it will be no big loss. (BOS) should be a foothold to increase our access to Europe," he explained.

February 2009: Turkish Airlines (THY) named Finance Director, Mustafa Aydin as BH Airlines (BOS) CFO, and Sarajevo Manager Okan Uluocak as (BOS) Executive VP.

June 2009: 737-4YO (25184, TC-JDH), Turkish Airlines (THY) wet-leased.

February 2010: BH Airlines (BOS) is now planning to replace its 737-400 by two 737-700s in spring.

August 2010: B & H Airlines (BOS) has seen an additional investment of 8 million EUR from its two shareholders, the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkish Airlines (THY) and has finally taken delivery of its first ex-Olympic Air (OLY) A319-100 (3142, TC-JLR) on wet-lease from parent (THY). A second ex-(THY) A319-100 is scheduled to replace the single 737-400 in October with a third new A319-100 from the original Air Bosna order made by the government being delivered in 2011. (BOS) has given up earlier plans to add 737-700s. It has added some new regional routes:
Sarajevo - Belgrade: 6x weekly ATR72-200 service started on May 17;
Sarajevo - Zagreb: 5x weekly ATR 72-200 service started on May 20 (but will already be cancelled again on September 1);
It had planned to operate twice daily, ATR72-200 feeder services between Sarajevo and Banja Luka but the regional government of the autonomous Republika Srpska has not allowed it to do so preferring to back its Sky Srpska (Banja Luka) start-up project instead. The new flights were supposed to replace the Banja Luka - Zurich non-stop flights that (BOS) had operated until the end of March offering more connection opportunities than the previous operation. (BOS) has also given up its Sarajevo - Dusseldorf International route earlier this summer and all Sarajevo - Frankfurt International services now operate non-stop without the previous stop in Tuzla on some weekly services.

January 2011: B & H Airlines (BOS) is the flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, operating scheduled services from Sarajevo to Cologne, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Stuttgart, Zagreb, and Zurich. (BOS) also serves Istanbul and Zagreb from Mostar, and Zagreb from Banja Lika. Charter flights are also offered.

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Bosnia-Hergzegovina (51%); & Turkish Airlines (THY) (49%).

Employees = 120.

Alliances: (JAT) Airways; & Turkish Airlines (THY).

(IATA) Code: JA - 995. (ICAO) Code: BON - (Callsign - BH AIRLINES).

Main Base: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ).

Hubs: Banja Luka airport (BNX); & Mostar airport (OMO).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Cologne/Bonn; Istanbul; Stuttgart; Zagreb; & Zurich.

Turkish (THY) Technic signed a total care contract for one A319 with B & H Airlines (BOS).

January 2012: B & H Airlines (BOS) had temporarily suspended its Sarajevo - Copenhagen Kastrup between October 30 and December 1, when it resumed twice weekly, ATR72-200 services on the route with a stop in Banja Luka. As of December 17, it again operates non-stop twice weekly with A319-100s because of a lack of demand for the route from Banja Luka. It is considering resuming its routes from Sarajevo to Frankfurt International and Vienna and to launch new services from Mostar to Rome Fiumicino and Sarajevo in 2012.

April 2012: Turkish Airlines (THY) according to Bosnia and Herzegovina's Transportation Minister is considering putting its 49% stake in B & H Airlines (BOS) up for sale or handing it back to the government which holds the other 51% in the struggling Bosnian national carrier. The two parties have been constantly fighting about the airline's direction somewhat publicly over the last couple of months.

June 2012: B & H Airlines (BOS) is looking for a new strategic investor with the help of its majority owner, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that would be willing to take over the 49% stake Turkish Airlines (THY) holds in the struggling (BOS) which is currently only operating a single ATR 72-200. Buraq Air (BUQ) is reportedly one of the potential investors. (THY) has pulled out of the partnership with the government after the two parties had been unable to find agreement on key strategic questions for months now.

(THY) said its board decided to “end its partnership with (BOS),” adding that “a share transfer agreement will be signed with the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” (THY) did not specify reasons for the decision, but indicated the agreement will cover its entire 49% stake.

Croatia Airlines (CRH) has reportedly declared its interest in the 49% stake in B & H Airlines (BOS) recently handed back by Turkish Airlines (THY) to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. (CRH) had previously also been interested in becoming the government's partner back in 2008 when the stake was sold to (THY).

(BOS) was established in 1994 under the name Air Bosna.

July 2015: News Item A-1: The Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fadil Novalic, says his government is considering establishing a new airline to succeed the ailing B & H Airlines ((IATA) Code: JA, based at Sarajevo) (BOS) should it be forced into liquidation. The national carrier has been grounded for the past three weeks as a result of mounting debts and a lack of available aircraft.

In a bid to stave off B&H Air (BOS)'s impending bankruptcy, Novalic told (BOS) union representatives that his government had offered to pay the carrier's largest creditor, (HETA), a lump sum of BAM5.3 million/EUR2.71 million to settle B&H Air (BOS)'s ATR 72 leasing arrears.

With (BOS)'s leasing dues now said to amount to nearly BAM23 million/ EUR11.75 million, inclusive of interest, settlement would require (HETA) to write off BAM17 million/EUR8.69 million in bad debt. According to Bosnia's "Klix" news site, while the Austrian firm initially rejected the proposal, it has indicated it would be willing to settle the matter out of court albeit for an undisclosed amount.

However, in the event the parties fail to reach a compromise and B&H Air (BOS) is forced to declare bankruptcy, Novalic said the BAM5.3 million would then be put towards establishing a new national airline which would lease one undisclosed aircraft. In addition, the new carrier would source staff from B&H Air (BOS), albeit on a drastically reduced scale.

Sarajevo has long blamed (BOS)'s woes on the unfavorable terms of a ten-year lease signed with (HETA)'s predecessor, Austrian bank Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG, in 2005. The contract, as such, ended on May 30 of this year effectively leaving B&H Air (BOS) with no active aircraft.

News Item A-2: "Bosnia Herzegovina National Carrier Faces Collapse"
by (ATW) Alan Dron, July 24, 2015.

Bosnia & Herzegovina Airlines (BOS) has until the beginning of August to deliver a plan to pull itself out of a financial chasm or face permanent closure.

The move follows a decision by the Balkan nation’s Ministry of Communications & Transport’s Directorate of Civil Aviation, to suspend (BOS)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) earlier this month.

The 90-day suspension was imposed because of (BOS)’s non-compliance with regulations due to its financial difficulties, Directorate of Civil Aviation spokesman, Aleksandar Lalovi said.

Those difficulties had led (B&H) Airlines to cease operations prior to suspension of its (AOC), he said. The carrier operated two ATR 72-200 turboprops, although local media reports have said that one has been grounded in Germany for some time due to the airline’s financial problems.

Local media have reported debts of BAM23 million/$12.9 million, owed mainly to the carrier’s aircraft lessor. Lalovi said the regulator was not familiar with the exact nature of the airline’s debts.

B&H Airlines now has “to deliver analyses of the company’s situation in all segments, including [its] financial situation and a plan of compliance with (BH) regulations,” he said.

Failure to deliver a satisfactory report “may cause the final suspension [of the AOC] according to national regulations.”

ACCORDING TO AIRLINER WORLD IN http://www.airlinerworld.com
IN 2015, B & H AIRLINES WAS LISTED AS ONE OF THE AIRLINE FAILURES
ACCORDING TO THE GLOBAL AIRLINE GUIDE.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
BOS-MD-81-AC
BOS-MD-81-C
BOS-MD-81
BOS-737-4YO-JUN09

April 2016:

0 737-2K3 (JT8D) (1401-23912, YU-ANP), (AVG) WET-LSD 2003-01, RTND.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (2227-25184, /92 TC-JDH "ISTANBUL" - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "BOS-737-4YO-2009-06"), (THY) WET-LSD 1992-03. RTND. 48C, 102Y.

0 ORDERS (2010-04) 737-700 (CFM56-7B) CANCELLED 2:

0 MD-81 (JT8D-219) (1049-48093, /82 T9-AAC), ELMO LEASED. RTND 2003-09. 12C, 128Y.

0 +2 OPTIONS A319-132 (CFM56-5B5/P) (3142, TC-JLR), (THY) LSD 2010-08. 2 RTND. 160 PAX.

0 ATR 42-300, RTND.

1 ATR 72-212 (PW127) (464, /95 T9-AAD "SARAJEVO"), ATR LSD 2005-02. 66Y.

1 ATR 72-212 (PW127) (465, /95 TC-AAE "MOSTAR"), 66Y.

0 YAK-42.

0 YAKOVLEV YAK-42D (D-36) (RA-42411) (4520422016201, /90 UR-42383; 4520411140604, /85 UR-42540), (UKN) LSD, 120Y.

0 CESSNA S550 CITATION S/II (PWC JT15D-4B) (S550-0045, /85 T9-BIH), VIP.

0 INDONESIAN AEROSPACE C212-200 (TPE331-10-501) (302, /83 E7-ABA), STORED. 19Y.

Management:
(definitions)

KANDAN KALITEKIN, CHAIRMAN (THY) & (BOS) (2008-12).

NUDZEIM BROOK, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

RIFAT TIRAK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

MUSTAFA AYDIN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO), EX-(THY) (2009-02).

OKAN ULUOCAK, EXECUTIVE VP, EX-(THY) (2009-02).

AMIR BARALIC, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

MUSTAFA EMINEFENDIC, COMMERCIAL MANAGER.

 
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