Bulgaria Air eyes a larger and more modern fleet

Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgaria Air is planning to shift to a larger, but single-type fleet. To this end, the airline is in talks with Boeing Airbus and Embraer to renew its fleet.

The aim is to grow the fleet to possibly 15 narrowbodies over the next four to five years,

Bulgaria Air CEO Yanko Georgiev said.

Bulgaria Air is considered as the flag carrier of the country, although it's privately owned. The Bulgarian airline currently operates two Airbus A319-100, three Airbus A320-200, and four Embraer E190 jets.

Its subsidiary Bul Air has nine Boeing 737-300 in the fleet. Georgiev said that operating a single-type fleet would reduce the operating costs of the airline. More aircraft will not only allow the European operator to expand its route network, but also help to grow its nascent ACMI business.

Air Bulgaria launched the ACMI business last year when it partnered with Air Italy to operate charter flights on behalf of the Italian carrier. Air Italy is in trouble to operate the scheduled flights due to its grounded 737 MAX jets.

Bulgaria Air operates one Airbus A320 and two Embraer E190 jets for the Milan Mapensa-based airline. Bulgarian chief executive emphasized that ACMI operations are a good buffer for the low winter season when demand for both scheduled and charter flights drops.