Sunday, March 11, 2012

The end for B&H Airlines?

Crisis hit B&H Airlines suspends all flights
B&H Airlines has suspended all operations until further notice but has not ceased the sale of tickets to Zurich, Istanbul and Copenhagen. The airline is currently scheduled to resume operations to Istanbul on March 13, according to the Amadeus global ticketing system. However, the Bosnian carrier has suspended its planned seasonal flights to Gothenburg and Stockholm. It comes a week after it indefinitely suspended services to Amsterdam.

Currently, B&H Airlines does not have an aircraft in Sarajevo. Its two ATR72s are in Monchengladbach in Germany’s west. The ATR registered E7-AAD left weeks ago while the other, E7-AAE, took off for Monchengladbach on March 9. They are officially there for regular maintenance. Meanwhile, the Airbus A319 has been grounded in Istanbul since February 27. The government maintains that it too is undergoing technical checks.

It is believed that recent talks between Turkish Airlines’ management, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Turkish ambassador in Sarajevo and B&H Airlines’ management broke down earlier in the week. The Bosnian daily “Oslobodjenje” reports that B&H’s part owners, Turkish Airlines, have requested for the Bosnian government to cover debt which has been accumulated by the carrier. Turkish maintains it took over B&H not to make a profit but rather to help the struggling airline back in 2008. The government says it no longer has the means to finance its national carrier. It has ordered B&H Airlines to draft a business plan for 2012 after which talks with Turkish Airlines could resume. Whether B&H can bounce back remains to be seen.

12 comments:

  1. Wow how poor is the government of Bosnia when they do not have the funds to cover the losses of their airline!?

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  3. When Bosnian government and TK managers meet, they speak in what language? Gosh, i could imagine those meetings, dumbs with dumbs...

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  4. Back to square one.

    To the FBiH govt (and perhaps to them alone) TK was obviously a failure, but is any other airline going to put their hand up to take over a company riddled with corruption, government interference and incompetence?

    If the final nails are put in the coffin, will JP, OU or JU offer to base an aircraft there and operate any direct routes, or is there genuinely no money flying from SJJ?

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    1. I presume there won't be many direct flights from SJJ except to other regional (BEG, ZAG, LJU) and European (FRA, MUC, VIE, CGN) hubs. These might see a slight increase in frequency.

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  5. @EX-YU Moderator. Yesterday Antwerp was in Holland. Today if you would have checked Amadeus properly, you would have seen that flight resumption is (for now) scheduled for March 13th, and not 16. From the Summer Season on ATR will operater all flights to IST and ZRH, future of Copenhagen remains uncertain

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  6. the ATRs are in Germany for maintenance and the airbus is in turkey for maintenance. flights are being resumed 13th of march. and the sales is still open.
    wow. all this information is in the news itself and yet still the title is ''the end for B&H Airlines''.
    even for average joe, the facts that i just took from the news itself would make it clear that the company would go on.
    If it is the end, why would they send the ATRs to Germany. Come on man.
    Write thing that make sense.

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  7. It says the "official" reason they are in Germany and Istanbul. I don't believe that an ATR goes for maintenance in Germany for 3 weeks and that an airline plans for all 3 of its aircraft to go on maintenance at the same time so that they have to suspend all flights.

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  8. @ 2nd last anonymous

    admin put a question mark (?) at the end of "the end for B&H airlines" .. so he didnt say it was but it may happen as they announce to open a bunch of flights one day, the next they cut most of their flights and cancel all ones scheduled.

    fact is they dont have an A319 anymore, Turkish Airlines took it back and NO it is not just in Istanbul for Maintenance. :)

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  9. ATR E7-AAD is coming back to Sarajevo today

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