Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bosnian national carrier to launch in December

New Bosnian national airline to launch with two aircraft

The Central German Tourism Development Company (CGTDC) has ruled out buying a stake in Bosnia's embattled B&H Airlines and will instead form its own carrier to be based in Sarajevo with two aircraft. As a result, the German company, founded in May this year, has denied statements made by the Federation Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina last week that it is in talks to take over B&H's name, Air Operator's Certificate, employees and debt. The CEO of CGTDC, Norbert Dotterweich, says the company will create Bosnia and Herzegovina's new national carrier, which it will wholly own. "The Federation will have neither a direct or indirect stake in the airline", Mr Dotterweich said yesterday. He added, "Our discussion with the Federation Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina was not aimed at taking over B&H Airlines, because the situation there is irreparable. Instead, we wanted to check market conditions for the creation and development of a new airline".

Last week, the Federal Minister for Transport and Communication, Denis Lasić, said, "The German company is prepared to take over B&H Airlines, including the company's debts. Our aim is for B&H Airlines to keep its name and save jobs, as well as for the company to recover. We are on the right path to find a solution to this problem". CGTDC says it might take on some of B&H's employees as it will be in need of aviation professionals. The German company aims to set up a new carrier in Sarajevo and launch operations on December 1 with two aircraft - one Boeing 737-600 and one Bombardier Dash 8 Q300. It will initially operate with a foreign Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). In 2016, it will hire local crew and staff before obtaining a local AOC, Mr Dotterweich said, outlining future plans.

There has been increased scrutiny in CGTDC since it announced its interest in the Bosnian aviation market. In 2014, the same management team founded Rostock Airways which purchased Innsbruck-based Air Alps. The Austrian carrier had previously ceased operations. However, just two weeks after resuming services under its new owners, Air Alps suspended all services. B&H Airlines has been grounded since July 2 after the country’s regulator suspended its AOC on a temporary basis until October. The move came in response to the airline’s dire financial state and mounting debt, which amounted to 20.3 million euros by the end of 2014, and has since further grown. Earlier this year, the Iraqi-backed Bosnian Wand Airlines (BWA) also aimed to set up a base in Sarajevo but ultimately failed. 

39 comments:

  1. Will be interesting to see how this plays out

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  2. It will be another failed project like Bosnian Wand Airlines but will probably get support from the Federation with a few hundred thousand euros.

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  3. If my comprehension is good, this airline will be a virtual carrier, at least for the beginning. Not a very encouraging fact. Margins are tight enough for normal carriers without having to share the profit with an operating airline.

    It is likely that the fleet plan will change, but I must say that their current plan is interesting to say the least. The B736 and Q300 have fallen out of favor. If they are worried about overcapacity, they should go for a regional jet. They don't need the baggage capacity nor the range of the B736.

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  4. Just like the Bosnian Pyramid - a figment of someone's imagination ...

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  5. Ljubljana airport cargo August 2015 +13,3%

    http://www.fraport.com/content/fraport/en/misc/binaer/press-center/traffic-figures/2015/fraport-traffic-figures-august--2015/jcr:content.file/fraport-traffic-figures-august-2015---tables.pdf

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  6. Oh man, what a con job in the making! Yeah, German (read respectable) businessmen wants to set up a new airline based in Sarajevo, using two different air craft types, flying to where? I just hope the Fed Gov dosen't give them any cash. The ONLY route is to offer a deal, similar to SKP, to a low cost carrier.

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  7. they will fly under Air Alps until they get a bosnian liscence

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  8. In this country, it seems everything must be owned by strangers in order to exist. Local politicians steal and dismantle everything which is owned by the country.

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  9. Sta ce u Sarajevu? Q300 je idealan za Banja Luka Beograd, Banja Luka Bec, Banja Luka Budimpesta, Banja Luka Skoplje Banja Luka Venecija Trevizo, Banja Luka Zurich, Banja Luka Bergamo.

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    1. You missed Banja Luka -Sudzuk!
      Banja Luka - Skoplje LMFAO

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    2. You missed Banja Luka Innsbruck.

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    3. BNXTZL would be most important since Wizz serves TZL.

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  10. Why does it have to be a "national" carrier? Why not a private airline?

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  11. Evo šta srpsko mnjenje misli o Er Srbiji

    http://www.b92.net/biz/komentari.php?nav_id=1036998

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    1. Admin zašto je konverzacija o AIR Serbiji uklonjena?

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    2. Koga boli uvo šta o Er Srbiji misli "srpsko javno mnjenje"? Većina "srpskog javnog mnjenja" nikada nije sela u avion i ne može da shvati da neko ima para da leti biznis klasom i ceni novi lounge, jer oni nemaju za hleb i mleko, za šta su krivi država, društvo, strani hohštapleri, jednom rečju svi osim njih samih. Večni hejteri svega onoga o čemu ne znaju ništa nisu nimalo bolji od Vučićevih botova sendvičara.

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    3. Za Vladimir Gojković. Od Arapa i Srba nema gorih gazda! Trebalo bi da sam ti sve rekao medjutim, dodaću ti i ovo. TI koji danas u Srbiji imaju za biznis klasu su to sve stekli pljačkajući tu državu dakle u organizovanom su i pojedinačnom kriminalu. Do grla.

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    4. Da li avio kompanije u Hrvatskoj traze poreklo imovine pre kupovine biznis klase? Moze li OU garantovati da niko ko je kupio njihovu biznis kartu nije stekao te pare pljackajuci drzavu u organizovanom ili pojedinacnom kriminalu? Ne moze? Pa ni jedna kompanija na svetu ovo ne moze. Mislis da su na salteru Aeromeksika gadljivi na kes koji cerka narko mafijasa donosi da kupi let u biz klasi?

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    5. Niko vama nije kriv sto niste sposobni vi da uradite i snadjete se isto.
      INN-NS

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    6. INN-NS, it seems those criminals are your idols.

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  12. Good luck. Sorry to say but this airline will need it.

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  13. it sounds like a bad joke !

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  14. OT: Adria will no longer fly from Maribor (in winter time) http://www.vecer.com/clanek/201509106141363

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  15. The Federation government is gold. They lied that these people are taking over B&H Airlines that even the phantom airline had to deny it.

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  16. Jel ovo novi Bosnian Wand Airlines, Sky Srpska? Kako ce se zvati? Gdje ce letiti?

    Jel i dalje za Cirih, jedna destinacija, a dva aviona? Kakve cijene u planu? WizzAir je tu sada i bice njima veoma tesko privuci putnika od njih za recimo nas aerodrom GOT jer WizzAir bas leti sa Tuzle ovamo. Jedino je moguce ARN, ali sada mnogi iz Stockholma idu preko Skavste.

    Za Istanbul bi mogli ako dode Boeing 737, ali i tu je jaka konkurencija sto se tice cijene naprimjer, barem koliko ja znam.
    Takoder i Bec, gdje Austrian leti dva puta dnevno. Najbolje bi bilo da uzpostave letove za destinacije gdje nema konkurencije, Frankfurt bi njima bio pametan sa codshare Lufthansom. Mozda i Rim sezonski.

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  17. Some people will never learn. Bosnia, Macedonia, and even Montenegro for that matter do not need a national carrier.

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    1. Ni Slovenija ni Hrvatska ni Srbija. O cemu lupetas?

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    2. Ajde ti budi realan.

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    3. Do kraja godine niko nece kupiti CA ni AA. Budi ti realan.

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    4. It is true, they don't need a national carrier. Hungary doesn't have one, and to be honest Austria and Switzerland don't need it, Lufthansa can be their carrier.

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    5. Mislim da bi dobio batine i od jednih i od drugih iako je LH prakticno njihov vlasnik

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    6. First Anonymous, so Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Hungary dont need it, but Serbia and Croatia do? What a joke. Spusti se na zemlju.

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    7. @ last anonymous: Sorry, I left out Slovenia. Croatia and Serbia are off the list because they are in a position to run self-sustaining operations. In reality those countries would do just fine without "national" airlines either.

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  18. SKP
    August 2015: 173 158 +20.73%
    Jan-Aug 2015: 946 310 +16.72%

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  19. Ja koliko sam juce shvatio nece biti domaci personal nego od Air Alps .
    I bolje da su uzeli 737 umesto 736 a nije mi jasno sta ce im Q300.
    INN-NS

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    1. Da otvore INN. tiple daily!

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