New arrival in summerAfter Turkish Airlines gains complete control over the national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina a second Airbus A319 is set to join the fleet, sources close to the airline state. The Airbus is expected to join the carrier sometime during the peak summer season and serve on charter flights. Turkish also plans for B&H to open several other Western European destinations later in the year, although none are currently planned for the start of the 2011 summer season which begins on March 27. The new arrival won’t impact on the current fleet of 2 ATR72s and 1 Airbus A319 which will remain with the airline. Original plans, drafted 2 years ago, intended for B&H to have three A319s by the summer of 2011.
Turkish Airlines is willing to acquire 100% of B&H’s shares as soon as possible, although internal politics inside the Federation are slowing the process down. In 2010, B&H Airlines handled almost 139.000 passengers, an increase of almost 57% compared to 2009. The airline recently launched a discounted ticket sale in hope of luring passengers to its flights until the start of the summer season.