B&H Airlines gets first 737 and launches seven routes with focus on Germany and Scandinavia

Image: B&H Airlines Plane
The airline’s first 737-400 – “Istanbul” – comes from Turkish Airlines which bought a 49% share of B&H Airlines last year.
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B&H Airlines, the national airline of Bosnia & Herzegovina, recently took delivery of its first 737-400. Since the end of 2008 Turkish Airlines has owned a 49% share of the airline and the new addition to the B&H Airlines fleet has come from them. The rest of the fleet consists of two ATR 72-200s. With the arrival of the 737 several new “longer-haul” destinations will be launched from Sarajevo in the near future.

Logo: B&H Airlines

Destination Start date Days of operation
Copenhagen 11 May 09 Monday, Thursday
Gothenburg 13 May 09 Wednesday, Saturday
Stockholm Arlanda 16 May 09 Saturday
Vienna 18 May 09 Daily (except Saturday, Sunday)
Berlin Tegel 19 May 09 Tuesday, Saturday
Dűsseldorf 19 May 09 Tuesday, Saturday
Prague 25 May 09 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Source: Airline website booking tool

Image: Sarajevo Route MapThe three Scandinavian routes and Dűsseldorf will use the new 737 while the ATRs will be used on the remaining services.

Apart from routes from its base at Sarajevo, B&H Airlines also operates scheduled flights between Banja Luka and Zurich, and Mostar and Istanbul.

Sarajevo now handles over half a million passengers

Last year Sarajevo Airport handled just over half a million passengers a small increase on 2005. B&H Airlines carried around 70,000 passengers and faced competition from a variety of carriers including Adria Airways (double-daily flights to Ljubljana), Austrian (double-daily flights to Vienna), Croatia Airlines (double-daily flights to Zagreb), JAT (daily flights to Belgrade), Lufthansa (double-daily flights to Munich), Malév (daily flights to Budapest) and Turkish Airlines (daily flights to Istanbul).

In addition, two LCCs (Germanwings and Norwegian) offer low-frequency connections to Cologne/Bonn, Oslo Rygge, Stockholm Arlanda and Stuttgart. There are currently no direct scheduled services to anywhere in France, Spain or the United Kingdom.

Image: B&H Airlines Plane
Up until now over 80% of Sarajevo’s traffic has been generated by airlines originating from somewhere other than Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Congratulations to BH Airlines – this is long overdue! The airline also operate existing flights to SKP and CGN.

    Part of their sale to Turkish Airlines included another jet aircraft being delivered in early 2010, though given the map of 2009 destinations this could be delivered even earlier.

    British Airways operated 2-3 weekly LGW-SJJ flights in 2008, which were stopped due to the high price of jet fuel. Ops (off memory) were with a 734. With the price back to lower levels perhaps we will see this route again in the future.

  2. D Kelly says:

    Good luck to B&H but is the livery on the aircraft looks very similiar to Ryanair!!

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