buy setup bulgarian aoc airlineAll airlines and AOC holders, registered in Bulgaria benefit of the country’s EU membership and all connected Single Sky and Open Skies agreements. Country’s location is quite beneficial as it is almost in the middle on the route between the large airport hubs of the Middle East (Dubai, Doha etc.) and Western Europe’s largest airports (Frankfurt, Paris, London).

Status of Bulgaria in the aviation industry

Bulgaria is EASA member and for all AOC holders and airlines, registered in Bulgaria, the EASA rules apply in full. The regulator, which is responsible for the supervision and registration of the aircrafts and granting the AOCs is the Bulgarian Civil Aviation Authority.  This authority is also responsible for keeping the Bulgarian aircraft register, which as of this date is still not open to public, despite the latest court ruling of Sofia Administrative Court.

Bulgaria doesn’t have many registered airlines. The latest publicly available information shows that there are 16 operating airlines as of date. The list is not exhaustive, as we can confirm we have client airlines which are not listed there, but they are fully operational.

Buying an airline or setting up one from scratch in Bulgaria

Probably the most often asked question is the one about the speed of the process. If you start from scratch, the legal term for granting an AOC and airline licence is 3 months. In reality, if there are faults in the documentation, it could take long. However, the CAA will appoint a supervising representative who will guide the applicant through the process so that the wasted time is minimal.

Bulgarian CAA follows the local legislation as well as the rules set in Regulation (EC) 1008/2008 when deciding on granting AOCs and airline licences. There are no explicit local rules for small operators, so the rules set in the EC regulation shall apply (relaxed financial standing requirements, less post holders etc.)

Buying a ready airline (AOC holder) can be your second choice. However, it might be difficult to find a company for sale, as there are too few operating Bulgarian aoc holders/airlines. Therefore, the first option might be easier choice for you.

Type of aircrafts under your Bulgarian AOC

Every aircraft which complies with the requirements of EASA for airworthiness and other EU requirements (noise, pollution etc)  can be registered in Bulgaria. In practice, if the applicant can demonstrate that their aircraft type with similar characteristics/instruments/equipment has been registered in another EU country, the Bulgarian CAA is willing to accept the aircraft without excessive bureaucracy requirements.

Legal help with your AOC/airline application

We at MH Legal are experienced at international and EU aviation law and can provide comprehensive legal help to your company both for buying an operating Bulgarian airline and starting up from scratch (i.e. setting up effective company and financial structure, legal procedure compliance, ongoing legal and accounting advice etc.).

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  • Roman 17 January 2018 Reply

    Dear Sirs,
    I am interested to set up AOC in Bulgaria. Please advise price for your services and legal fees.
    Thank you,


  • Robert 14 January 2019 Reply

    Dear Mister or Madam,

    We have interest create an airline in You country.
    Can You send info about coast.

    Waiting Your reply


    • Milen Hristov 14 January 2019 Reply

      Can you please provide a valid email address and I’ll reply to you. Thanks.

      • kaysi 8 June 2020

        I am interest in obtaining a Bulgarian AOC , we are a company based in the middle east . can you please send you contact number so I can contact you directly .
        Much appreciated

  • raad saeed 14 April 2019 Reply

    we interested to buy your company .let me know about the cost and procedure.thanks

  • Kashoa 18 August 2019 Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    We are 3 friends and our intention is to start an Airline initially with 1 B737 500 or 300 for ACMI Business .
    How long is the whole process regarding AOC and what do you think about the initial amount to get the AOC without the aircraft .
    Best regards
    Captain DKashoa

  • Nameer 7 December 2019 Reply

    Good day
    We are a group of investors from the Middle East we are very interesting to establish an airline with a Bulgarian AOC . We want to know which documents we have to provide you to issue the AOC . And of course what is the total cost of the Bulgarian AOC , can you arrange an AOC from other European countries.
    Best regards
    Captain N. Kaysi

  • Oleg 14 December 2019 Reply

    Dear partners,
    My holding looking for purchase 2 options :
    1st purchase active small/middle airline with EU AOC….
    2nd purchase incorporated new EU AOC
    Pls send comments.

  • omran 29 January 2020 Reply

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  • kaysi 8 June 2020 Reply

    I am interest in obtaining a Bulgarian AOC , we are a company based in the middle east . can you please send you contact number so I can contact you directly .
    Much appreciated

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