4 Bulgarian Cargo Airlines Stripped of Licence, Face Bankruptcy

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Bulgaria's civil aviation authorities have stripped of licence four local cargo airlines, the transport ministry announced on Thursday.

Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines, which were blacklisted for flights in EU airspace in February as a precautionary measure, no longer have the right to service flights.

The fifth blacklisted company Heli Air is allowed to operate but only in areas outside the European Union.

The decision for stripping the companies of licence came in the wake of the review that experts from the European Aviation Safety Agency carried out in May. The experts argued that there are substantial lapses in the area of aviation safety.

Representatives from the five companies had estimated the costs of upgrading each AN-12 cargo plane used by the companies at USD 150.000-180.000.

The grave problems in Bulgaria's aviation struck out in December last year when the European Commission decided to invoke a safeguard clause over "grave deficiencies" in safety procedures. The safeguard clause excluded Bulgarian air carriers from the benefit of being considered a "Community carrier".

The EU's air space includes all member states, but also Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, countries that are not part of the bloc.
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#17
resipsaloquitur - 24 Jun 2007 // 17:28:13

It should read"i recall..."

#16
resipsaloquitur - 24 Jun 2007 // 17:27:08

RS,
As i have to work on a case about trafic violation,i recolled you got one last Friday.

In case you want to fight this ticket as paying the required fine will lead to MORE POINTS (you know the NY POINTS SYSTEM! You may get up to 8 points for driving too fast,depending on the Trafic Court),


you have the right to see the radar gun and to view the basis for which the cop is stoping you.

The NY Trafic laws give you the right to subpoena (legal order demanding evidence) the CALIBRATION RECORDS for the radar gun.

In California e.g. if the radar gun wa NOT calibrated during the last 10 days fbefore the issue of the speeding ticket, the motorist could fight the ticket and win in the Trafic Court.

it is more complicated to produce evidence if LIDAR was used.

#15
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 22:14:11

Uchugan,

Wizz air sounds great but better from Dortmund:

>>> WIZZ AIR LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM BULGARIA’S CAPITAL TO GERMANY’S DORTMUND
14:03 Thu 21 Jun 2007 - Elitsa Savova

Low-cost air carrier Wizz Air will start flying from Sofia to the German city of Dortmund on October 29 2007.

John Stephenson, chief commercial officer of Wizz Air, said that the flights would take place twice a week and would increase to three times per week around Christmas 2007.

The initial price offered is 24.99 euro, airport taxes included. Booking is already possible through the website of the company.

Wizz Air chose Dortmund because the city is located in one of the most populated areas of Europe and was a successful destination for the company so far.

“Growth will continue,” Stephenson said. The company will be considering flights from Bulgaria to more destinations such as Paris, Brussels and Barcelona.
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According to Wizz Air, the market share of the company in Bulgaria reached 37 per cent. The company held nearly 20 per cent of the whole passenger aviation market in the country.

The share of low-cost companies in Bulgaria was rapidly changing and depended on the season, but it was “going quickly to 40-50 per cent,” Stephenson said.

Stephenson also said that the safeguard clause on Bulgaria’s aviation lacked impact on the company’s business, but deprived Bulgaria of some benefits, because Wizz Air could not use its repair base in the country for aircraft that service other destinations.

#14
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 21:22:08

...not that bad???
You even sound a lot worse...
hahaha

#13
Robin - 22 Jun 2007 // 17:09:35

Dirk,

>> You sound like me now

I hope I'm not THAT bad yet :-)

Actually I really like living here, but when you're used to a certain type of organisation (as you pointed out) it does get quite stressfull. Just yesterday I had to spend an hour in the bank (again) because I needed to take out a load of money in levs from my company account which is in pounds. On the internet I can transfer the pounds to my lev account in two seconds. But because they're internet banking is shit since their merger I can't do this. But why, if I can do this in two seconds on the net does it take one whole hour to do it on site??

Sorry I'm going on about banking again. It's just that many private institutions are starting to slowly get a hang of customer service. The company selling the windows I was buying with the money I was trying to get out, for example, have excellent friendly staff who will sit there suffer your 101 questions. But not the banks. They are getting worse.

#12
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 12:14:58

Uchak,

>>> EU prices, Communist quality...
bingo!! #1 thing I think holding back economic development in BG.....

No organisation is chaos, so no development, no economy...
From my experience, I noticed in Bulgaria it all comes down to a lack of organisation skills. To state it short and easy:
- No organisation, no planning, chaos @ work, poor quality
- No organisation, no planning, not working commercial strategy

#11
Uchak - 22 Jun 2007 // 11:43:44

EU prices, Communist quality...bingo!! #1 thing I think holding back economic development in BG.....

#10
Uchak - 22 Jun 2007 // 11:40:11

Dirk, Hemus air flies a BAE 146 jet to Heathrow...if you are going to Brussels
try Wizz Air maybe..

#9
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 11:18:34

Robin,

>>> I don't think Bulgaria Air have unsafe planes.

I remember the first time I got on 1 of them planes, I thought that's an old piece of...

>>> I have recently stopped flying with them, not because they are dangerous, but because they are now more expensive than British Airways, have far less leg room (the last flight I had my knees around my ears and I'm quite short) and their on board food is a joke.

The last times the planes were so full, I wondered if they had people sitting on the roof. (and instead of the normal businessmen, the passengers had changed to garlic smelling Bulgarians)

>>> In fact their whole appearance is a joke. In fact they are like many things in Bulgaria: "Lets charge EU prices and offer Communist service levels". I used to quite like them because they were cheap. But that's not the case anymore.

You sound like me now...

>>> But to Brussels I know they are the only ones who fly direct so I'll be using them again next month to visit my parents. Let's see if they've improved a little.

No they aren't the only ones. In fact there is a charter with well equipped plains flying for 45-50 euro 1 way to Burgas or Varna. They land on normal hours, so there still is a same day railway connection to Plovdiv. I tried them about 10-15x Better then BA. Mail me for info.

>>> One thing though: Despite appearances driving is always more dangerous than flying, no matter what airline and especially in Bulgaria. I am not normally one to be influenced by the news too much, but recently there have been a number of serious and deadly crashes in Bulgaria and I am seriously considering not driving "inter city anymore" except on motorways. The one lane highways criss crossing this country are a death trap.

I think lately the news has been influenced by EU. EU wants safer roads all around. Media is important for changing public opinion, habits, etc. Continuous reports on crashes makes people think, even the 1-celled brains you find in BG.

#8
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 11:06:28

RS,

>>>aren't you a crazy driver?

not any more (although some still pretend I am)

#7
Robin - 22 Jun 2007 // 07:54:53

Dirk,

I don't think Bulgaria Air have unsafe planes. If they land in Heathrow (or anywhere in the EU or the US) they are at "risk" of being inspected at any time without notice. If they fail that inspection they will have their licence withdrawn. Hardly in their interests. I have recently stopped flying with them, not because they are dangerous, but because they are now more expensive than British Airways, have far less leg room (the last flight I had my knees around my ears and I'm quite short) and their on board food is a joke. In fact their whole appearance is a joke. In fact they are like many things in Bulgaria: "Lets charge EU prices and offer Communist service levels". I used to quite like them because they were cheap. But that's not the case anymore. But to Brussels I know they are the only ones who fly direct so I'll be using them again next month to visit my parents. Let's see if they've improved a little.

One thing though: Despite appearances driving is always more dangerous than flying, no matter what airline and especially in Bulgaria. I am not normally one to be influenced by the news too much, but recently there have been a number of serious and deadly crashes in Bulgaria and I am seriously considering not driving "inter city anymore" except on motorways. The one lane highways criss crossing this country are a death trap.

#6
Rollingstoned - 22 Jun 2007 // 03:10:45

The more, the merrier!
You know you are always welcome here.
It sounded like you needed an oasis the other night but don't we all?
See you soon! ;-p

#5
just me - 22 Jun 2007 // 03:03:34

Gee, Rolly,
Thanks for the invitation...
Wouldn't it be a little crowded with DA, WW, and JM there all at the same time, even with 14 rooms? Oh, maybe you'd better not answer that.
Enjoy your vacation,
jm :)

#4
Rollingstoned - 22 Jun 2007 // 01:06:30

And may "GOD" have mercy, on us all. ;-)

Dirk, aren't you a crazy driver?
I remember way back when you said, that you get more speeding tickets than I do.
BTW
I just got another one, last Friday.
Why can't cops comprehend the fact that it's Friday and people want to race home so they can party?

Better keep these safety issues a secret.... a plane full of cargo or passengers can be leathal.

JM,

Non stop flights from CHI to ROC are dirt cheap, especially for you.

I have the next two weeks off from work! :-)

#3
Dirk - 22 Jun 2007 // 00:50:15

JM,

Tx for that link. That was definately my last ticket from Bulgaria Air or Humus Air or whatsoever.

When charter season is over I will turn to driving up and down again.

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