FlyBosnia is hiring 30 cabin crew. The startup airline, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Sarajevo International Airport, is hoping to re-start flights this year using an Airbus A320 aircraft it is leasing from Onur Air of Turkey.
FlyBosnia set to return this year
FlyBosnia has advertised 30 job openings for cabin crew staff, all to be hired on a temporary basis. The airline is preparing to re-start operations this summer, following a break of more than a year. The last scheduled flight that FlyBosnia operated was in March 2020. It is currently a virtual airline with no aircraft at all.
The Sarajevo-based airline has reportedly signed contracts with Fibula and Centrotours, two major tourist agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. FlyBosnia will operate flights to Turkey for these companies this summer. Several sources also report that it will be flying to Egypt too.
Last summer, the airline operated chartered passenger and cargo flights from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Montenegro, to Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China. In the late spring months of May and June, as Simple Flying reported at the time, FlyBosnia operated several flights to Beijing (PEK) and Tianjin (TSN).
Because Sarajevo is much farther away from China than FlyBosnia’s A319 could reach, the airline made stops in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda Airport (KGF) along the way.
FlyBosnia has no aircraft right now
When travel restrictions were erected in Europe in March 2020, FlyBosnia responded with some fairly robust cost-cutting measures. It halted all scheduled commercial flights straight away, and it has still not resumed any of these. On 28th August 2020, it returned its sole remaining aircraft, an Airbus A319, and it has been a virtual airline ever since.
During the summer of 2020, when travel restrictions were relaxed for a brief period of time, FlyBosnia wet-leased an Airbus A320 aircraft from Lithuania’s GetJet Airlines. It used this aircraft to operate charter flights to Antalya (AYT), Jeddah (JED), Chisinau (KIV), and Riyadh (RUH).
An A320 is coming from Onur Air
To operate its charter flights, FlyBosnia will receive an Airbus A320 aircraft that has already been painted in the airline’s livery and is currently in Istanbul. The aircraft performed a test flight above Turkey two weeks ago, and it is expected to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina in April.
The aircraft will be leased to FlyBosnia by Onur Air. The Turkish airline has had the A320 since 2012. Previously, the aircraft was also with Aero Lloyd, a German charter airline, America West Airlines and US Airways of the US, and Russia’s Avianova. The aircraft is almost 25 years old.
The news of FlyBosnia resuming services is the strongest possible indication yet that the airline has resolved its dispute with its base airport, Sarajevo. But neither party has yet confirmed this.
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