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Formed and started operations in 1986. Hemus Air (HMS) branched off from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines (BUL) in 1986, initially as a separate department providing ambulance services, flight calibration, and aerial photography. In 1991, it became a separate legal entity from (BUL). Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
1 Brussels Boulevard, Sofia Airport
Sofia 1540, Bulgaria
Bulgaria (Republic of Bulgaria) was established in 1878 and covers an area of 110,994 sq km, with a population of 9.2M. The capital is Sofia and the official language is Bulgarian. The acting political head is Petar Stoyanov, President.
March 2004: B Ae 146-200A (E2072, LZ-HBA), bought from National Jet Service (NJS).
April 2004: 2 A320-212's (294, LZ-BHB; 349, LZ-BHC) wet-leased to Balkan Holidays (BGH). B Ae 146-200A (E2073, LZ-HBB), bought from (NJS).
May 2004: 300 employees (including 71 Flight Crew (FC), 29 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 88 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
Sofia - Cairo (Tu-154M, weekly).
October 2004: Sofia - Cologne/Bonn (B Ae 146, 2/week).
December 2004: MD-82 (49432, LZ-LDK), ex-Alitalia (ALI), wet-leased to Albanian Airlines (LBC). B Ae 146-200A (E2093, LZ-HBC), ex-National Jet Systems (NJS) delivery.
January 2005: Sofia - Cairo (weekly); - Cologne (2/week).
May 2005: 320 employees.
Parent organization/shareholders: Himimport (100%).
737-4YO (26066, LZ-HVA), ex-Aeris (AEY), Debis AirFinance (DEA) leased.
August 2005: Sofia - Hannover.
February 2006: B Ae 146-300 (E3141, LZ-HBD), purchased from Universal Asset Management.
March 2006: Hemus Air (HMS) (DU/Sofia) will launch three times weekly BAe 146-200 service from Sofia to Berlin Tegel on April 7. Berlin flights will be operated three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
April 2006: Hemus Air (HMS) regular flights to London Heathrow three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Two more frequencies will be added from 29 May 2006 - on Monday and Saturday.
June 2006: Bulgarian independent carrier, Hemus Air (HMS) re-launched services five times a week with a mix of 737's and B Ae 146's, from Sofia to London in April, having secured slots at London Heathrow (LHR), the UK's principal international gateway. Earlier (HMS) had launched Sofia-Berlin.
Plans to introduce a second 737 and 4 B Ae 146-300's this year.
October 2006: Air One (ADH) confirmed it offered to pay BGN5.3 million/$3.4 million to purchase 99.99% of Bulgaria Air (LZB). Italy's second-largest airline (ADH) also committed to invest €11.6 million/$14.5 million in the Bulgarian (LZB) carrier over a five-year period in addition to a €500 million fleet renewal, if it wins the tender launched in June and approved in February. Air One (ADH) said it would buy 15 A320s that would both replace Bulgaria Air (LZB)'s aging 737s and expand its fleet.
Seven candidates submitted documents, when the tender was launched, but only three were selected to continue to the second stage. The deadline for final offers was October 5. Air One (ADH) and Balkan Hemus Group (HMS), which owns Bulgaria's largest private carrier, Hemus Air (HMS), submitted bids. (HMS) bid BGN13 million and committed to invest BGN82 million from 2007 through 2011, local media reported.
Bulgaria Air (LZB) succeeded flag carrier Balkan Bulgarian Airlines (BUL), which went bankrupt in 2002. According to its website, it owns seven 737s. Its pre-tax profit dropped last year by -71% to +BGN500,000 owing to rising fuel prices. Earlier this year, Executive Director, Zlatin Surustov said the airline needed a capital hike of more than €8 million and investments of at least €1.5 million in know-how and systems software, to remain competitive in the long term.
Bulgaria is scheduled to join the (EU) along with Romania on January 1. Bulgaria's parliament ratified the agreement for establishment of a European Common Aviation Area.
November 2006: Bulgaria Air (LZB) will be sold to Balkan Hemus (HMS) Group, the Bulgarian government announced. Hemus (HMS), which outbid Air One (ADH) for the flag carrier, will buy a 99.99% stake. It plans to invest €62 million/$79.1 million over the next two years and €82.1 million in the next five, launching service to 36 new destinations.
June 2007: B AE 146-200 (E2103), ex-FlyBe (BEE), B AE Systems leased.
August 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) Technik (LTK) and Bulgaria's Hemus Air (HMS) will open a maintenance facility in Sofia. It is expected that (LTK) will hold 80% of the joint venture, Hemus (HMS) Managing Director, Dimitar Pavlow told the "BTA national news agency." Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work will begin on 737s on an unspecified date, with 777s and A340s to follow. (LTK) operates similar (JV)s in Budapest, Malta and the Philippines, and recently linked up with Austrian Airlines (AUL) to open a 777 center in Vienna.
October 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) Technik (LTK) and Bulgarian Aviation Group (LZB) will open a hangar facility at Sofia for 737 and A320 heavy maintenance, including "D" checks. The 6,000-sq-m facility, Lufthansa Technik Sofia, is expected to be operational in October 2008. It will be capable of handling two narrowbodies at once. Forthcoming renovation and training investments are put at €20 million/$28 million, to be shared by (LZB) and (LTK). The facility will employ up to 380. (LZB) is the parent of three airlines: Bulgaria Air (LZB), Hemus Air (HMS), and Viaggio Air.
June 2008: The USA (FAA) announced that Bulgaria has been raised to a Category 1 safety rating from the Category 2 imposed in September 2003. It said Bulgaria was in compliance with (ICAO) standards in a January reassessment.
Bulgaria Air (LZB) receives 2 A319s ex-SkyBus (SKB), will be operated by (LZB) and sister venture Hemus Air (HMS) on flights to France, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, and the UK.
November 2008: 2 A320-214s (3540, LZ-FBC; 2596, LZ-FBD), Vueling (VUZ) leased, wet-leased to Bulgaria Air (LZB).
July 2009: Lufthansa Systems reached three-year deals with Hemus Air (HMS) to provide its Lido Airport/Obstacle data.
September 2010: Hemus Air (HMS) operates scheduled domestic and international services from Sofia and Varna. Charter, cargo and air ambulance services are also offered.
(IATA) Code: DU - 748. (ICAO) Code: HMS (Callsign - HEMUS AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Balkan Hemus Group (100%).
Alliances: Syrianair (SYR).
Main Base: Sofia International (SOF).
Hubs: Bourgas (BOJ); Plovdiv (PDV); & Varna International (VAR).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bourgas; Sofia; & Varna.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Athens; Beirut; Berlin; Bratislava; Bucharest; Cairo; Cologne; Dubai; Hanover; Larnaca; Leipzig; London; Oslo; Pristina; Skopje; Stuttgart; Tirana; Tripoli; & Vienna.
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HMS-B AE 146-200 CONFIG
0 737-300 (CFM56-3), 2006-05. RTND.
1 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (2301-26066, /92 LZ-HVA), EX-(AEY), (DEA) LSD 2005-05. RTND. 168Y.
0 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (49432, LZ-LDK), EX-(ALI), WET-LST (LBC) 2004-12. 164Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/3) (3309, /07 LZ-FBB), ALL WHITE COLORS & NO TITLES. AERVENTURE LSD 2008-07. LST BH AIR. 144Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/3) (3564, /08 LZ-FBA), "BULGARIA AIR" COLORS. AERVENTURE LSD 2008-07. LST BH AIR. 144Y.
0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (294, LZ-BHB; 349, /92 LZ-BHC), EX-(ANS), (GEF) LSD, 294; 349; WET-LST (BGH) 2004-04. RTND. 177Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3540, LZ-FBC; 2596, LZ-FBD), (VUZ) LSD, WET-LST (LZB) 2008-11. RTND. 180Y.
1 B AE 146-200 (ALF502R-5) (E2103, LZ-HBZ), EX-(BEE), B AE SYSTEMS LSD 2007-06. 90Y.
3 B AE 146-200A (ALF502R-5) (E2072, /87 LZ-HBA; E2073, /87 LZ-HBB; E2093, /88 LZ-HBC), BF (NJS). 90Y.
1 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) (E3141, /89 LZ-HBD), BF UNIVERSAL ASSET MANAGEMENT 2006-02. 110Y.
2 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) (E3131, LZ-HEE; E3159, LZ-HBF), BOTH WET-LST (BEL). RF (BEL). E3159 LST (LZB) 2010-12. 110Y.
1 B AE 146 AVRO RJ70 (LF507-1F) (E1258, /94 LZ-TIM "TEAM OF BULGARIA"), 2007-08. VIP.
2 ATR42-300 (PW120) (130, /89 LZ-ATS; 151, /89 LZ-ATR), WET-LST OPS BY VIAGGIO AIR. 46Y.
1 LET 410UVP-E (M-601E) (861802, /86 LZ-LSB), 16Y.
2 TU-134A (D-30-II) (60142, /77 LZ-TUH; 49913, /77 LZ-TUJ "ALBANINA," IN ALBANIAN AIRLINES COLORS), FOR SALE. 76Y.
0 TU-134A-3 (D-30-III) (3352303, /73 LZ-TUL; 4352307, /74 LZ-TUN), BOTH STORED AT SOFIA. 76Y.
0 TU-134B-3 (D-30-III) (63987, /82 LZ-TUT), WFU. 76Y.
0 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (706, /84 LZ-HMI; 707, /85 LZ-HMW; 743, /86 LZ-HMQ; 751, /87 LZ-HMS; 754, /88 LZ-HMH; 832, /90 LZ-HMN; 875, /91 LZ-HMY), 743; 707; LST (BGH). 88A-777, LZ-HMF; TO YAKUTIA 2004-11. ALL RTND. 157Y.
1 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9340432, /73 LZ-DOB; 9340532, /73 LZ-DOC; 9521441, /75 LZ-DOE; 9521541, /75 LZ-DOF; 9620447, /76 LZ-DOM; 9231623, /72 LZ-DOR; 9231423, /72 LZ-DOS), VARIOUS CONFIGS: 9340432; 9340532; 9620447; 9231623; RTND. 27Y.
DIMITAR PAVLOV, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MITKO NAYDENOV, CHIEF ENGINEER & DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR.
GEORGE YANKOV, CHIEF ACCOUNTANT (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EVELINA GRANCHAROVA, LEGAL ADVISER.
GEORGE GATEV, CHIEF MARKETING DEPARTMENT (email@example.com).
GALINA PAVLOVA, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.
LJUBOSLAV PETROV, CHIEF ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT (firstname.lastname@example.org).
STEFAN STEFANOV, CHIEF PILOT (email@example.com).
TRAYAN PESHEV, MANAGER OPERATING DEPARTMENT.
HRISTO HRISTOV, CHIEF SECURITY DEPARTMENT.
IVAN IVANOV, CHIEF SAFETY DEPARTMENT.
SERGEY KUMANOV, CHIEF MAINTENANCE BASE.