Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
About Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines are now a part of Bulgaria
BALKAN BULGARIAN AIRLINES ROUTES
They operate scheduled flights to 30 destinations in Europe, Asia,
Africa and domestic flights to Varna and Bourgas.
Balkan Airlines began in 1947 flying domestic routes. In 1949
the company was reformed as TABSO - Balkan-Bulgarian Air Transport,
owned equally by Russia and Bulgaria. Lisunov Li-2 and Ilyushin
IL-14 airliners were used on the first flights with the Ilyshin
twins serving Europe (Paris, Moscow and Frankfurt). By 1954 Bulgaria
had full ownership of TABSO.
In 1962 turboprop Ilyushin IL-18s were being used and they are
still in use for charter work today. In 1968 Tupolev Tu-134 twin-jet
airliners were introduced along with a livery and name change
to Balkan Airlines, the light blue 'TABSO' livery being changed
to a harsher green/red livery with the title 'Balkan'.
Cargo flights were carried out using two Antonov AN12 military
transport planes in BULAIR livery. In 1972 BULAIR became part
of Balkan Airlines and so the picture of AN12 LZ-BAB is shown
as Balkan airlines.
In the 1990s a revised livery was introduced with western aircraft
types like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
For further information on Balkan Bulgarian Airlines visit the
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines website.