Bulgaria Air has received the first of four Embraer 190s on order, marking the delivery with a ceremony at the airline’s headquarters in Bulgaria‘s capital city, Sofia.
Its remaining three Embraer 190 jets will be delivered by the end of this year.
The airline’s Embraer 190s are of the Embraer 190AR (Advanced Range) version, featuring a nominal range of 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 kilometers). Each aircraft is configured in dual-class layout with eight Business Class seats and 100 Slimline seats in Economy Class.
“Bulgaria Air is the 22nd E-Jet operator in Europe and the CIS region,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer’s president, Commercial Aviation. “Like so many other Embraer customers, I’m confident the Bulgarian flagship airline will begin seeing real economic benefits and hearing highly positive passenger comments as soon as this airplane enters revenue service.”
“We’ll be flying the Embraer 190s in parallel with our larger narrow body fleet to open new markets and supplement frequency in existing ones,” said Yank Georgyev, Bulgaria Air’s CEO. “The AR version will give us the range we need to access cities from Sofia that have market volumes that are ideal for the E190.”
Like European major carriers British Airways, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and Alitalia, Bulgaria Air joins a growing list of customers operating E-Jets.
In Northern and Eastern Europe, 10 airlines have identified Embraer E-Jets as their choice for to replacing their ageing aircraft and simplifying their fleets. Bulgaria Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair, Estonian Air, Air Moldova, Montenegro Airlines, Belavia, Dniproavia, Aerosvit, and Air Astana have ordered, or are currently flying, Embraer E-Jets.
Bulgaria Air is the national airline of Bulgaria. It is based in Sofia and also operates from Varna and Burgas. Since February 2007, this joint-stock company has been owned by Chimimport AD, through Bulgarian Aviation Group.
The airline operates regular flights from Sofia and Varna to 28 major cities in Europe and the Middle East, as well as charter flights and business charters to more than 100 destinations.
Together with its partner airlines (which include Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, LOT, Iberia, Air France, KLM, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and other carriers), Bulgaria Air offers its customers the opportunity to fly to more than 400 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.
The airline operates scheduled flights to Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, and Lebanon.
For more information on Bulgaria Air, visit www.air.bg.