Wednesday, July 3, 2013

B&H’s second aircraft returns

B&H's entire fleet in the sky by Monday

B&H Airlines’ second ATR72, which has been grounded for several months, is set to return to service next week. The aircraft experienced technical problems back in April at the same time its other ATR72 was grounded, undergoing maintenance, which forced the airline to wet lease an ATR for several days in order to maintain operations. “I believe the aircraft will be back in service on Monday allowing us to operate to full capacity”, Amir Jažić, B&H Airlines’ CEO says. The CEO adds that despite the problems the airline has faced this year it is now operating normally without cancelations or delays. Earlier in the year B&H’s accounts were blocked, forcing it to cancel flights for several days.

B&H Airlines had plans to launch services to Skopje this summer and kept its slots at Amsterdam Airport in the hope of resuming flights to the Netherlands. Earlier in the year the airline confirmed it had plans to lease a 100 seat jet engine aircraft. However, these did not materialise after the carrier’s accounts were blocked in March. Despite B&H’s woes throughout the year, its hub has gone from strength to strength. Sarajevo Airport has seen a considerable rise in passenger numbers so far this year.

B&H Airlines is facing increasing competition. The airline is battling both Turkish Airlines’ dominance and Pegasus Airlines’ relatively low fares on the carrier’s signature route to Istanbul. As a result, B&H itself has launched several promotional ticket sales to Turkey’s largest city in an attempt to lure passengers. Furthermore, Wizz Air recently launched flights from Tuzla. While not directly competing with the low cost airline, the CEO of Sarajevo Airport, Ivica Veličan, recently said talks with Wizz Air were entering their “final phase”. In addition, Norwegian Air Shuttle has turned its seasonal Stockholm - Sarajevo service into all year long flights and will continue to operate to the Bosnian capital during the winter months. The Scandinavian market, to which B&H Airlines operated when it featured an Airbus A319 in its fleet, is one of the most profitable from Bosnia due to a large amount of diaspora passengers using the service.

20 comments:

  1. B&H Airlines needs to get Another aircraft and open up better routes. Nobody wants to fly in a ATR unless the flight is short. Something like a Airbus A318 would be PERFECT for them. Not small and not large. It would be great for there Istanbul route and also Copenhagen. They should also re open the Amsterdam route and possibly Frankfurt. Great news For Sarajevo Airport on there rise of passangers!

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    1. Avro_RJ or Fokker 100 would be perfect for B&H Airlines!

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    2. Sorry Anon, but 318s and 736s have ONE practical use: to be broken up as spare parts for 319s/320s/321s and 737s/738s/739s.

      They're not as fuel efficient as other ~100 seaters out there (E190/195s are best), and have high landing fees at airports due to their weight. The 'pilot commonality' which was first flagged by the aircraft makers ended up being a financial myth...

      But I do agree that they need a ~100 seater jet for the longer flights would be good!

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  2. BHA no longer appears in the slotlists for AMS in Summer 13 and Winter 13/14

    With the current schedule the 2nd ATR isn't even needed. maybe they can revert back to daily istanbul.. and add another destination

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  3. They should start flying to Vienna again, Austrian fares are currently 320 Euro for a 1h flight!

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  4. 320e wtf.. you can take AMS-ZAG/SRJ/BEL for 160/200e

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    1. VIENNA - SARAJEVO - VIENNA
      Mo 5 Aug – Mo 12 Aug
      Price: 288 €

      MUNICH - SARAJEVO - MUNICH via VIENNA
      Mo 5 Aug – Mo 12 Aug
      Price: 273 €

      FRANKFURT - SARAJEVO - FRANKFURT via VIE
      Mo 5 Aug – Mo 12 Aug
      Price: 272 €




      It is mostly CHEAPER to treveller VIA Vienna then TO Vienna from Sarajevo!

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    2. You can't compare fares from different origins, it doesn't work like that. Transfer point is irrelevant in that respect as fares are calculated from point of origin. Compare fares ex VIE non stop vs 1 stop..and keep in mind that non stop flight usually has some premium over 1 stop as is better product.

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  5. Skot ovo radi namerno! On svesno daje ovakve izjave kako bi upropastio dogovor sa Arapima! Ovo treba najstroze sankcionisati tako sto ce ga ujutru sacekati razresenje na stolu. Ovakav neprofesionalizam nisam nigde video.

    http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2013&mm=07&dd=03&nav_id=728930

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    1. Pa dobro bre, to je Mrka. Ko ga j**e. On je ionako završio svoje, još par dana i doviđenja. Poslednji trzaji davljenika.

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    2. Da da ta rekonstrukcija Vlade mu dodje kao neka mantra za sve probleme. Sta ako se pripoji ministarsvo saobracaja ministarstvu infrastrukture? Zamislite tek Velja da vodi resor? Mozda Mrkonjica uopste i ne smene?! On je visoki stranacki funkcioner i ima jaka ledja u SPSu.

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    3. Mrkonjić je gotov u svakom scenariu, on Vladu više nikada neće videti. Ovo su mu poslednji trzaji.

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  6. What happened with todays flight of Pegasus to Belgrade?
    Pegasus decreased from six times a week to actually four times...
    and that in the beginning of the busy summer.
    Seems to me if they have problem to fill their planes.
    And also always downgrading to their scrappy 737-400.
    Is there even the possibility they will fail and leave completely?

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    1. maybe because people are skipping Turkey because of the social unrest?

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    2. Then also SJJ,PRN and SKP should suffer ...
      but they dont.

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    3. man, I hope they don't leave Belgrade. Haven't had a chance to use them yet (from Belgrade). I like them.

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    4. To all those concerned: the 737-400 is nowhere a DOWNGRADE compared to the 737-800. The 737-800 is the NG variant of the same plane! Actually there is like a 10 seats difference on the models Pegasus operates so stop screaming about "downgrade" each time you see the -400 which is routinely rotated between different destinations.

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  7. I like them too...
    And everyone flying them said that loads were never bad.
    But we dont know what really goes on .
    Nobody expected Sky Airlines to bust before it happened.

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  8. I brate sva ova priča oko bh airlinesa je doooosaadna. Bre to je propalitet kompanija, da nema države iza nje koja im daje inekcije redovno, već daaavno bi nestali sa lica zemlje. Znam o čemu govorim, radio sam tamo..

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