The airline’s E190s are the Advanced Range (AR) version with a nominal range of 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 kilometers). Each aircraft is configured in dual-class layout with eight Business Class seats and 100 Slimline seats in Economy Class.
Welcoming the Bulgarian airline to the portfolio of E-Jet customers, Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation, stated: “Bulgaria Air is the 22nd E-Jet operator in Europe and the CIS region. Like so many other Embraer customers, I’m confident the Bulgarian flagship airline will begin seeing real economic benefits and hearing highly positive passenger comments as soon as this airplane enters revenue service.”
“We’ll be flying the EMBRAER 190s in parallel with our larger narrow body fleet to open new markets and supplement frequency in existing ones. The AR version will give us the range we need to access cities from Sofia that have market volumes that are ideal for the E190,” commented Yank Georgyev, Bulgaria Air’s CEO.
Like European majors British Airways, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa or Alitalia, Bulgaria Air joins a growing list of customers operating E-Jets, specifically in Northern and Eastern Europe, where airlines have identified E-Jets as the preferred platform to replace their ageing aircraft and simplify their fleets. Ten airlines – Bulgaria Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair, Estonian Air, Air Moldova, Montenegro Airlines, Belavia, Dniproavia, Aerosvit, and Air Astana – have ordered, or are currently flying, Embraer E-Jets.
About Bulgaria Air
Bulgaria Air (air.bg) is the national airline of Bulgaria, which is based in Sofia and also operates from Varna and Burgas. Since February 2007, this joint-stock company has been owned by Chimimport AD, through Bulgarian Aviation Group.
The airline operates regular flights from Sofia and Varna to 28 major cities in Europe and the Middle East, as well as charter flights and business charters to more than 100 destinations. Bulgaria Air offers its customers the unique opportunity to order a flight plan that precisely accommodates their business needs, so they may fly in luxury, security, and comfort, which were unavailable in the Bulgarian market until now.
Together with its partners (airlines, including Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, LOT, Iberia, Air France, KLM, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, etc.), Bulgaria Air offers its customers the opportunity to fly to more than 400 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. The airline schedules regular flights to Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, and Lebanon.
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