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Bulgaria Air, Bulgaria's Flag Carrier

06.09.2014 г. amarchukov
In this review I'll be going over my impressions of a Burgas-Moscow flight with the Bulgaria Air company, the Bulgarian national carrier.

Flight FB-663 took place 30 April 2013 from Burgas to Moscow (Sheremetyevo Airport). The plane was an Airbus A-319, tail number LZ-FBA.


1. Departure from Burgas

Departure was scheduled from the main terminal of the Burgas airport, a typical 1980s building.
Old terminal of Burgas airport

The holiday season hadn't yet begun, so there were few flights and passengers at the airport.
Old terminal of Burgas airport

Check-in counter for our flight.
Old terminal of Burgas airport

Next came customs and then we arrived in the waiting area.
Old terminal of Burgas airport

The area's two nooks contained one Duty-Free store…
Old terminal of Burgas airport
Old terminal of Burgas airport

… and one café (at the very end of the hall, up the stairs).
Old terminal of Burgas airport
Old terminal of Burgas airport

Exits can be found all along the length of the platform.
Old terminal of Burgas airport


The windows of the terminal look out directly on the airfield, all along the length of the landing strip. All of the airport's activity happens right before your eyes.

Our plane, just arrived and being prepared for takeoff:
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air at the Burgas airport

Another Bulgaria Air airliner, an Airbus A320, about to take off for St. Petersburg.
Airbus A320 Bulgaria Air at the Burgas airport

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Norwegian, taking off for Scandinavia.
Boeing 737-800 Norwegian at the Burgas airport

Burgas also sees some more unusual visitors: this is a US military C-130 Hercules transport plane.
C-130 Hercules at the Burgas airport
C-130 Hercules at the Burgas airport

We piled into the shuttle and a minute later were boarding the airliner.
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air

One last look at the terminal.
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air


2. Bulgaria Air Airbus A319

The flight was only half full, because during the springtime more passengers are headed into Bulgaria rather than out of it. As I discovered additionally, Bulgaria Air allows passengers to take pictures on its planes. These two circumstances allowed me to take my time and get plenty of photos in the cabin.

Towards the front of the plane there were 8 business-class seats, separated from the rest by a curtain divider.
Business class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Business class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Business class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air

After that came economy class, looking clean and well-kept.
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air

All of the seats were modern Recaro seats, with thin backs and the seat pocket shifted to the top (which allows for more leg room). They felt both roomy and comfortable. The upholstery was dark grey leather, and there were no elbow rests. All in all, a thoroughly modern cabin, quite typical of most national carriers in Europe.
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Economy class cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air

The restroom was at the back. There was only the one for the entire plane. It was in very good condition.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air
Restroom of an Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air


3. In-Flight Service

Bulgaria Air passengers get a limited selection of entertainment options: a flight magazine and a duty-free catalog. Bulgarian citizens can apply for a credit card from some local bank.
Flight magazines of Bulgaria Air
Flight magazines of Bulgaria Air

There was also the safety card.
Safety card of Bulgaria Air

The two-hour flight features a light meal.
Meal on the Burgas-Moscow flight of Bulgaria Air

The flight attendants were very friendly. Feeling confident due to the airline's easygoing attitude towards the taking of pictures, I asked one of them if I could take a photo of her for the review. She agreed readily, just made sure that the photo came out good. Here it is:
Bulgaria Air cabin attendant


4. Arrival in Sheremetyevo

Fifteen minutes after takeoff from Burgas you pass over Varna, providing a great aerial view of the city.
View of Varna city

Soon after, we climbed above the cloud cover and didn't see the ground again until we began to descend over Moscow. This is the view I got of some of Moscow's new skyscrapers.
View of Moscow city

Our descent to Sheremetyevo Airport was unusually, because we literally flew right over it.
View of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport
View of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport

Before landing, we flew pasr Lobnya. In this photo, you can see the Aeroexpress railroad veer towards Sheremetyevo Airport.
Landing at the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport

Our flight arrives in Moscow.
Airbus A319 Bulgaria Air

Conclusion: In conclusion I'd like to note that the Bulgaria Air company left a much better impression than I expected. The Bulgarian carrier definitely lives up to its status as a national airline and offers quality flights on par with European standards. A plane with a clean, modern cabin and friendly staff, this is what I got from Bulgaria Air.
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