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Bell 430 * Current *
One Bell 430 ordered in 1999 from the manufacturer and delivered in July 2000. Used by the Government for VIP transport from the 24th Air Base. Put up for sale in 2004.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
430 49061   July 2000  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)


Boeing 737-500 LZ-BOR seen at Schiphol on
13 May 2005. (photo, Sven Pipjorke)

Boeing 737-500 * Current *
One Boeing 737-548 obtained from Air France and delivered in April 2005. Used by the Government for VIP transport. Also used by Bulgaria Air on scheduled flights.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BOR 25165/2463 F-GJUA 29 April 2005  

References:

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Falcon 50 LZ-OII seen at Athens-Hellinikon on
9 February 2001. (photo, Bill Kottokas)

Dassault Falcon 50 * Retired *
One Falcon 50 obtained new from manufacturer in 1999. Used by the Government for VIP transport. Replaced by Falcon 2000 in December 2001.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
(LZ-OIO) 088 F-GYOL n/a Registration ntu, to F-GYOL June 1999.
LZ-OII 097 N33GQ 1999 to N597FJ Aug 2001

References:


Falcon 2000 LZ-OOI seen at Nuremberg on
30 May 2005. (photo, Thomas N.F. Niepal)

Dassault Falcon 2000 * Current *
One Falcon 2000 obtained new from manufacturer in December 2001. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-OOI 123 F-WW?? Dec 2001  

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)


Il-18D LZ-BEA seen at Malta-Luqa on
26 August 1991. (photo, Joseph Tonna)

Ilyushin Il-18D * Retired *
One Il-18D borrowed from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines in the 1980s. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BEA 188010802   ? del'd to Balkan Bulgarian Airlines 17 Nov 1968, wfu 23 Sept 1997 at Varna

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)


Mi-8 LZ-CAE seen at Albena on 18 August 1980.
(photo, Tony Edlind)

Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip * Current *
At least eight Mi-8P/Mi-8S delivered from ? They wore the livery of Balkan Bulgarian Airlines and carried civil registrations. LZ-CAT was retrofitted with a weather radar to enhance flight safety, for use by the head of state. Supplemented by a more modern Mi-17 obtained from the air force in January 1996. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-CAB 10309   ? Mi-8S, to civil
LZ-CAC 10308   1974? Mi-8P, to civil, w/o 15 Aug 1996 Maldives
LZ-CAE 10312   ? Mi-8P, to civil
LZ-CAG 10315   ? Mi-8S, last noted June 1998
LZ-CAK 10316   1981? Mi-8P, to civil June 1992, w/o 26 Jan 1999 Maldives
LZ-CAM 10318   ? Mi-8S, to civil 1994
LZ-CAP 10320   ? Mi-8P, to civil, w/o 8 Jan 1994 Maldives
LZ-CAT 10319*   ? Mi-8S, last noted Jan 2005
LZ-FAA 103M10   Jan 1996 Mi-17, Former air force serial 410.
* not c/n 10309 as quoted elsewhere.

References:


Tu-134A LZ-TUG seen at Berlin-Schonefeld in
November 1999. (photo, Oliver Wendt)

Tupolev Tu-134A * Current *
One Tu-134A borrowed from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines as required. Replaced by a second aircraft from the same source in 1995. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-TUG 49858 OK-BYT ? del'd Balkan Bulgarian Airlines 1983, Govt use by 31 July 1995, last noted Jan 2005
LZ-TUK 1351209   ? del'd Balkan Bulgarian Airlines by 1971, wfu by April 1995 Sofia

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Tu-154M LZ-BTZ at Sao Paulo on 15 January 2005.
(photo, Fabio Laranjiera - Contato Radar)

Tupolev Tu-154 * Current *
One Tu-154M obtained from Balkan Bulgarian Airlines by June 1999. Supplemented by borrowing of a Tu-154B on special occasions from December 1999. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LZ-BTK 82760013.76A-144   ? Tu-154B, del'd Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Mar 1976, Govt use by Dec 1999, last noted Sept 2002
LZ-BTZ 88A-781   ? Tu-154M, del'd Balkan Bulgarian Airlines by July 1998, Govt use by June 1999, last noted Jan 2005

References:

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)


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