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Formed and started operations in 1990. A K A Air Via Bulgarian Airways. Charter, international, passenger, jet airplane services.
54 GM Dimitrov Blvd
Sofia 1125, 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.
March 2006: Air Via (VIM) is a holiday airline operating charter jet airplane services for tour operators BG Tours (Germany), Jetair (Belgium), Neckermann Deutschland (Germany), Prodintour (France), & TUI Deutschland (Germany).
Employees = 90.
Parent organization/shareholders: Bulgarian investors (100%).
(IATA) Code: VL. (ICAO) Code: VIM (Callsign - VIA AIRWAYS).
Main Base: Sofia International airport (SOF).
Hub: Varna International airport (VAR).
5 orders A320-200's, leased.
April 2006: A320-232 (2732, LZ-MDA), (SALE) (SIL) leased.
June 2006: A320-214 (2804, LZ-MDM), GATX (GAX) leased, delivery.
May 2007: AJ Walter (AJW) said Bulgarian charter carrier Air Via (VIM) signed a power-by-the-hour contract covering an A320.
A320-232 (3125, LZ-MDB), Macquarie Aircraft Leasing leased.
June 2008: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) signed a 5-year power-by-the-hour deal with Air VIA (VIM) covering its fleet of 4 A320s.
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.
January 2009: Turkish Technic (THY) signed a contract with Air Via (VIM) of Bulgaria to provide "C" maintenance checks on A320s.
April 2010: A320-232 (4270, LZ-MDC), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
May 2010: A320-232 (4305, LZ-MDD), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
August 2010: Turkish (THY) Technic signed an (APU) repair services contract with Air Via (VIM). Services will be carried out at Turkish Technicís (APU) facility in Istanbul on (VIM) A320s, of which (VIM) has 5.
Air VIA (VIM) has based 2 A320-200s in Germany this summer season for charter flights out of Nuremberg and Paderborn, both to Bulgaria and other beach destinations around the Mediterranean on behalf of German tour operator Thomas Cook.
February 2013: Bulgaria Air ((IATA) Code: FB, based at Sofia International (SOF)) (LZB) will wet-lease 2 of its 3 A320-200s (2540, LZ-FBC) and (2596, LZ-FBD) to Saudi-Arabian low-cost carrier (LCC) nas air (Saudi Arabia) (NAZ). Bulgarian charter carrier Air VIA ((IATA) Code: VL, based at Sofia International (SOF)) (VIM) currently also already operates 2 A320-200s on behalf of nas air (NAZ) with a 5th A320-200 being wet-leased by the Saudi carrier from Holidays Czech Airlines ((ICAO) Code: HCC, based at Prague Ruzyne (PRG)).
August 2015: Air Via (VIM) has begun A321-200 revenue operations following the arrival of A321-231 (1060, LZ-PMZ) (its 1st of the type - earlier this month).
The former Kolavia (now MetroJet) ((IATA) Code: 7K, based at Kogalym) (KLV) twinjet replaces 1 of the Bulgarian (ACMI)/charter specialist's 5 A320-232s - LZ-MDA (2732) - and was recently tracked in service between Dusseldorf and Varna on August 29.
January 2017: A321-231 (1060, LZ-PMZ) returned to Apollo Aviation after lease, re-registered (EI-FBF).
May 2017: 777-31HER (33501, VP-BIN), ex-(A6-EBD), Air Lease Corporation (ALE) leased.
Air Via (VIM) went out of business.