19 June, 2023

Bulgaria Air gets its first Airbus A220 jet

Bulgaria Air has taken delivery of its first super-efficient Airbus A220 aircraft which is on a long-term lease basis from Air Lease Corporation.

The A220 will be flying on both regional and international routes across Europe for the flag carrier of Bulgaria and in total, Bulgaria Air will lease a total of five A220-300s and two A220-100 - all of which are from ALC.

The A220 is the latest-generation aircraft type from Airbus to join Bulgaria Air’s fleet. The airline already operates seven A320 aircraft demonstrating the fleet complementarity between the A220 and the A320 Family. With a range of up to 3,450 nm (6,390 km), the A220 provides airlines such as Bulgaria Air with increased operational flexibility.

Bulgaria Air’s first A220 configuration will comprise a total of 143 seats in dual-class, including eight Business class seats. The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation engines. The aircraft offers unbeatable comfort in a small single-aisle with the widest windows, largest seats and overhead stowage, as well as the widest and quietest cabin in its category.

as it delivers up to 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, and 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards. In addition, the aircraft noise footprint is reduced by 50% compared to previous-generation aircraft.

As of the end of May 2023, Airbus has received close to 800 orders from 30 customers for the A220, of which 265 have been delivered. The A220 is already in successful service with 16 airlines worldwide. To date, more than 90 million passengers have enjoyed the A220. The fleet is currently flying on over 1,100 routes and over 375 destinations worldwide.

The Bulgarian airline has also just recently launched a summer route from Sofia to the city of Heraklion on the island of Crete.  

The capital city of the island of Crete, Heraklion is known for its crystal clear beaches, rich and mystical history, impressive nature and delicious cuisine. The passengers of Bulgaria Air will be able to get acquainted with the magical island atmosphere, try the exclusive Greek specialities, as well as enjoy the traditional Cretan hospitality.

With the launch of seasonal flights to Heraklion, the national carrier provides its passengers with many entertainment options and diverse tourist routes for unforgettable journeys.