Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bosnian Wand Airlines to launch flights

New Bosnian airline to open base in Sarajevo

Start-up Bosnian Wand Airlines (BWA) intends to inaugurate flights from Sarajevo in the coming months with two leased jet-engine aircraft. Currently based in Tuzla, the airline plans to move its headquarters to the Bosnian capital. It was founded back in 2010 but has remained inactive since. In a statement, BWA says, “Bosnian Wand Airlines is a newly established company based in Sarajevo and will launch flights in the coming period with two aircraft (Airbus A320 and A321), which will connect Sarajevo and other airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the world”. Initially, the start-up was to wet-lease an A320 from Bulgaria’s Air Via, from October 8, 2014 until May 8, 2015. However, several weeks ago, Air Via said it would not go through with the lease, without disclosing further details. The seven-year-old A320 which was destined for BWA sustained a severe tail strike upon landing in Leipzig over the summer, though the aircraft has been repaired and is operating again.


Last week, BWA began advertising job vacancies, calling on interested candidates to apply for cabin crew positions. A total of 28 cabin crew members are being recruited. Furthermore, the airline is looking for a public relations manager, IT expert, certified accountant and secretary. Applications can be submitted until November 28. Start-up airlines in the former Yugoslavia have had a poor run, with almost all suspending services prior to their planned launch. This year, low cost airline Dalmatian, which was to inaugurate flights from Zagreb, cancelled its planned services after one of its investors left the company. Meanwhile, another start-up, Air Croatia, will make a second attempt at launching flights this year, with services planned to begin during the Christmas holidays. Other start-ups in the region have included Centavia from Belgrade and Golden Air from Maribor. Both suspended operations after several weeks.

BWA’s successful launch could come as a major blow to B&H Airlines, which maintains flights from Sarajevo to four destinations with two leased turboprop aircraft. This winter, the Bosnian carrier is only offering flights six days a week. It already faces strong competition at its hub, with airlines such as Flydubai and Swiss International Air Lines launching services to the Bosnian capital in the coming months. Despite its woes, B&H Airlines has seen its passenger numbers improve in the third quarter, mainly due to charter flights and the success of its Belgrade route. The airline welcomed just over 13.000 passengers between July and September, an increase of 28% on the same period last year. Overall, the airline has handled 30.780 travellers in the first nine months, up 24% on 2013.

36 comments:

  1. Does a witch own it?

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  2. Bosanski stapic erlajns. What a name.

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  3. Where will they fly?

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  4. Nowhere it will never take off like all those other airlines mentioned in the article.

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  5. Is this article from The Onion?

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    1. it's true they are offering jobs on posao.ba o.O

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    1. Ne postoji "bosnian capital" postoji capital city of B&H itd. Dovodite citaoce u zabludu sa pogresnim prevodima pojmova.
      A taj BWA da nije to neka ispostava British airways-a
      BAW=BWA :)

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    2. Pa Bosnia je valjda skracenica od Bosnia & Herzegovina. Sumnjam da je neko u zabludi.....

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    3. pa dobro, mogli su napisati "Bosnian-Herzegovinian" umjesto "Bosnian" ;)

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  7. The logo looks as if it is for the volleyball association

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  8. Can somebody explain me why are they looking for a cabin crew if they are wet leasing aircraft?

    Wet lease includes crew and AOC of Air Via, that is with cabin crew... I don`t get it

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    1. Well it says the wetlease fell through so maybe they will just lease planes now.

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    2. So they should be looking for a flight deck crew as well?

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    3. Would make sense but if you look at posao.ba they are offering only the positions mentioned in the article. Maybe they will hire foreign pilots? How many registered commercial pilots does BiH even have?

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    4. Well depends on the offer I would say. BHDCA (Bosnian CAA) issued around 20 commercial pilot licences but there are Bosnians with EASA licences either from Croatian or Slovenian CAA.

      My estimate is around 30 pilots, including 14 in BH Airlines.

      There is quite few pilots that would fly in Bosnia, even guy from Qatar Airways and Etihad mentioned that they would be more then happy to fly there. But God knows...

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    5. Simply they like to use their crew while establishing their fleet.

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  9. Sutra da se objavi da ja otvaram Aviokompaniju zvace se Serbian Airways :
    Air Via nema koliko ja znam A321.
    Nema nista od toga kao ni od Air Croatie sa njihovim F100. =D
    INN-NS

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    1. Da li si procitao clanak? Nigde ne pise da ce uzeti A321 od Air Via nego da su imali ugovor o iznajmljivanju jednog A320, a da je ugovor u medjuvremenu raskinut iz nepoznatih razloga.

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    2. Ja sam samo rekao da nemaju A321 i nista vise.
      Nadam se da ce te sutra objaviti da i ja otvaram Serbian Airways. Posto sam dobio bezpovratni kredit Evropske banke za Razvoj :)
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  10. Those results are not so bad for B&H air

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  11. n00b pitanje: sta znaci Wand ?? (znam na njemacki da je Zid lol )

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  12. How are they going to fill an a320 and a321? With two aircraft, they could perform about 8 to 12 flights a day. Given the fact that they don't have any regional aircraft, most flights will probably be to destinations such as Sweden, the Netherlands etc. But I don't see why they would need two planes. I think one plane would be just enough for Bosnia at this moment, also since Wizz Air performs quite some flights from Sarajevo.

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  13. I bet you this won't work, just like Dalmatian and Air Croatia...
    Maybe ASL should buy B&H Airlines?

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  14. Gospodine Admine jel mozete da mi objasnite zasto ste mi obrisali komentar kad nije bilo provokacija ja sam istinu napisao .
    Hvala Unapred :))
    INN-MS

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  15. Po tebi nije bilo. Po adminu je. Tacka. I ta tvoja "istina" je uvek posebno tvoja.

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    1. Necu iz postovanja da napisem to ponovo . pa naravno da pricam istinu to je istina sta sam bio napisao.
      INN-NS

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  16. Ustvari ispadoh glup necu vise da pisem gluposti evo obecavam :D
    INN-NS

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    1. Pa nek pokusavaju bosanci.sto da ne.par linija stokholm.kopenhagen,berlin,pariz.cirih.moglo bi to da se popuni. Verujem da er srbija kao lider u regionu ne bi imala nista protiv. Zdrava konkurencija bi uvek dobro dosla svuda sirom exyu.

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  17. Nismo mi te srece.

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  18. Does anyone have a contact at BWA?

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