|Bosnian Wand Airlines to launch flights from Iraq and Bosnia from January 2015|
Start-up Bosnian Wand Airlines (BWA) will inaugurate flights on January 7, with services from Sarajevo to launch a day later, on January 8. The carrier will primarily focus on operations from Iraq to Sweden. In addition, it will run nonstop flights from Sarajevo to Athens (from January 8 - inbound flight only, outbound from January 10), Amsterdam (from January 9), Gothenburg (from January 9) and Stockholm (from January 10). The airline will operate services with a leased Airbus A321 aircraft from Air Méditerranée (pictured above). The jet, registered F-GYAN, is nineteen years old. It was recently repainted into BWA’s livery in Craiova in Romania. It has the capacity to seat 214 passengers, with the airline to offer twelve seats in business class and the remaining 202 in economy.
During the winter season, BWA will offer one weekly flight to all of its destinations operated out of Sarajevo. Flight times and operational days differ on a weekly basis. Tickets are already on sale and bookable through the airline’s website. Besides services from Bosnia and Herzegovina, BWA will operate flights from Baghdad, Erbil, Al Najaf and Sulaimaniyah in Iraq and Beirut in Lebanon to Stockholm and Gothenburg, as well as services from Athens to the Swedish capital. An Iraqi company, the Al Wand group, is behind the newly established carrier. BWA will operate flights under Hermes Airlines’ callsign. Hermes is a subsidiary of Air Méditerranée and is based in Athens.
|BWA crew uniform|
BWA cabin crew members recently completed their training at the Turkish Airlines Flight Centre in Istanbul. A total of 28 crew members have been recruited. In a recent statement, the airline said, “Our vision is for BWA to become a recognisable national brand on the aviation market. We believe it is possible. An important segment of our business will be to attract tourists from Asia to visit the cultural and historic sights of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. From Sarajevo, BWA will face direct competition only on its Stockholm route from Norwegian Air Shuttle.