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Airlines

Name: CARGO AIR
7JetSet7 Code: VEA
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: SOFIA
Country: BULGARIA
Employees 165
Web: cargoair.bg
Email: sales@cargoair.bg
Telephone: +359 28144500
Fax: +359 29459076
Sita: SOFCACR
Background
(definitions)

Formed in 1997 and started operations in 1998. Formerly Vega Airlines (VEA), Aviobroker, and Ikar Air Cargo. The latter two were brokerage agencies in cargo charter services. Charter, domestic, regional & international, cargo jet airplane services.

Address:
1 Brussels Blvd
Sofia Airport
1540 Sofia, Bulgaria

Address:
PO Box 60
BG-1164, Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria (Republic of Bulgaria) was established in 1878 and covers an area of 110,994 sq km, with a population of 9.2 million. The capital city is Sofia and the official language is Bulgarian.

October 2007: Re-established with new name "Cargo Air" (VEA).

November 2007: Cargo Air (VEA) is the Bulgarian cargo company succeeding the experience of the cargo brokers AVIOBROKER LTD, IKAR AIR CARGO LTD and the cargo airline: VEGA AIRLINES Ltd.

Cargo Air (VEA) has become a worldwide (GSA) (General Sales Agent) representative of the Belarusian Airline “RUBYSTAR” and is still offering to its customers logistic services with partial or full charter flights with AN-12 and L-410 operated by this airline. (VEA) can also propose Helicopter MI-26 for long term contracts and especially for Fire Fighting operations.

(VEA) has sold all its freighters out of its AN-12 fleet to Russian, Laos, Kazakhstan, and Ukrainian customers, except for one with registration (EW-269TI) which is on long dry lease to Belarusian airline RUBYSTAR. However, most of the new owners of the previous AN-12 fleet still rely on the commercial expertise of Cargo Air (VEA) who can offer AN-12 charter services with smooth and full commercial control over a number of carriers.

These carriers also count on the 10 years expertise which (VEA) gathered as an airline with AN-12 and securing diplomatic clearances and obtaining difficult authorization all over the world as well as choosing the best and safest routing depending on the type of cargo and arranging ground handling at all airports from a network over 200 contracted agents worldwide.

Right now Cargo Air (VEA) can choose from vast number of reliable AN-12 carriers to whom they trust and the situation is better for their customer as previously they offered only the owned by Vega Airlines (VEA) AN-12F’s freighter airplane.

At the end of October 2007, Cargo Air Ltd concluded a purchase agreement for one 737-300 with the USA company GA TELESIS. At the beginning of November 2007, (VEA) had become the sole owner of the airplane with MSN 23237.

737-301 (23237, LZ-CGO), ex-(N503UW), delivery.

April 2008: The Jar Ops 1/(EASA) modifications to convert the 737-301 into a freighter started in the facility of Commercial Jet, Miami, USA and under freighter Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) of its parent company Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI). The 737-300 (23237) freighter cargo conversion has been successfully completed.

September 2009: Cargo Air (VEA) was founded as Vega Airlines in Plovdiv in July 1997. (VEA) provides cargo charter jet airplane services throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the (CIS).

Employees = 80.

(IATA) Code: CGF - (Callsign - CLEVER). SITA: SOFCACR.

Parent organization/shareholders: Peter Cenkov (65%); & Ivan Ivanov (35%).

Main Base: Sofia International airport (SOF).

January 2010: Cargo Air (VEA) will add a second ex-Canjet Airlines (CNJ) 737-35B (23970) to its fleet that is currently being converted to a freighter.

Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) of Miami was selected by Cargo Air (VEA) to perform a 737-35BSF (23970) passenger-to-freighter conversion. The airplane was built in 1987 and is scheduled for re-delivery in April. It is the second 737-300SF (AEI) has converted for (VEA).

June 2010: 747-230F (23348, TF-ARP), returned to Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) from lease to Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) and sold to Cargo Air (VEA).

August 2010: Cargo Air (VEA) was founded as Vega Airlines in Plovdiv in July 1997. (VEA) provides cargo charter jet airplane services throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the (CIS).

Employees = 165.

(IATA) Code: VEA - (Callsign - CLEVER). SITA: SOFCACR.

Parent organization/shareholders: Peter Cenkov (65%); & Ivan Ivanov (35%).

Main Base: Sofia International airport (SOF).

September 2010: Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) announced it redelivered four 737SF passenger-to-freighter conversions in the third quarter, consisting of one 737-35BSF (23970) to Cargo Air (VEA), one 737-4K5SF (24128) to MNG Airlines (MKH), one 737-3S3SF (24060) to Sideral Air Cargo (SID), and one 737-209SF (23796) to Transmile Air Services (TML). "The redelivery of four 737SFs in one quarter is a strong indicator that economies around the world are starting their upwards journey towards recovery," (AEI) VP Sales & Marketing, Robert T Convey said.

March 2012: AirFrance Industries (AFI)/(KLM) (E&M) has completed maintenance work on one 737SF for Cargo Air (VEA), a new customer, and has signed a component support agreement with (VEA).

(VEA) will add a third ex-Moskva Air Company 737-300 (25614) to its fleet that is currently being converted into a freighter at Miami International airport (MIA).

November 2012: (TP) Aerospace won contracts from Bulgarian carrier, Cargo Air (VEA) for 737-300F wheels and brakes programs. It signed a multiyear brake-for-less program; a three-year wheel maintenance program through its (TP) Aerospace Technics division; and an agreement to assist (VEA) in streamlining the commonality between installed wheels and brakes equipment on its three 737-300F freighters.

July 2013: 737-448F (24474, LZ-CGR), ex-(N474EA) delivery.

September 2014: 747-412F (26561, 4X-ICB), ex-(N491EV), ex-Evergreen Airways (EVG), delivery.

February 2015: Cargo Air (VEA) has ordered conversions of 737s to 737Fs. The airplanes will be primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic routes.

Boeing (TBC) predicted growth in the e-commerce market to boost demand for cargo F airplanes. The e-commerce market is expected to exceed that of the air-express market.

May 2017: 737-405F (25795, N795VB), re-registered (LZ-CGV).

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
VEA-737-301SF-AUG09

September 2017:

1 737-300SF (CFM56-3C) (25614) CONV TO F AT (MIA) AIRPORT. FREIGHTER.

1 737-301SF (CFM56-3B1) (1222-23237, /86 LZ-CGO - - SEE PHOTO - - "VEA-737-301SF-2009-08;"), EX-(CNJ), EX-(N503UW), FREIGHTER.

1 737-35BSF (CFM56-3B2) (1467-23970, /87 LZ-CGP), EX-(N221DL/C-FHGE), EX-(CNJ), BF JET TRADING & LSG & CONVERTED IN MIAMI. FREIGHTER.

1 737-405 (CFM56-3) (25795, N795VB), RE-REGISTERED (LZ-CGV) 2016-05.
FREIGHTER.

1 737-448F (CFM56-3) (24474, LZ-CGR), EX-(N474EA). FREIGHTER.

1 747-230F (SCD) (CF6-50E2) (625-23348, /85 TF-ARP), 23348; RF (SVA) TO (AID) & ST CARGO AIR LINES (VEA) 2010-06. FREIGHTER.

1 747-412F (PW4056) (1042-26561, /94 4X-ICB), EX-(N491EV), EX-(EVG) 2014-09. FREIGHTER.

1 AN-12, FREIGHTER.

1 AN-26, FREIGHTER.

1 AN-124, FREIGHTER.

1 IL-76, FREIGHTER.

Management:
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PETER CENKOV, GENERAL MANAGER (pcenkov@cargoair.bg).

IVAN IVANOV, MANAGING DIRECTOR (iivanov@cargoair.bg).

DIMITAR BRATOEV, DIRECTOR FINANCE.

IVAN STEFANOV, QUALITY MANAGER OPERATIONS AND SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS) MANAGER (quality@cargoair.bg).

PLAMEN FERDINANDOV, FLIGHT SAFETY MANAGER (safety@cargoair.bg).

KONSTANTIN TASKOV, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & HEAD OF TRAINING (ktaskov@cargoair.bg).

ANGEL PETROV, GROUND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR (apetrov@cargoair.bg).

KIRIL GEORGIEV, HEAD FLIGHT DISPATCH & DEPUTY COMMERCIAL & GROUND OPS DIRECTOR (kgeorgiev@cargoair.bg).

ANGELA PETROVA, ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR.

GEORGE GEORGIEV, SECURITY MANAGER (ggeorgiev@cargoair.bg).

MILENJ MIHAILOV, CAMO MANAGER (tech@cargoair.bg).

BISER BORISOV, QUALITY MANAGER MAINTENANCE (bborisov@cargoair.bg).

KALOYAN YORDANOV, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (kyordanov@cargoair.bg).

 
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