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SOFIABulgaria's national carrier Bulgaria Air plans fleet expansion. In the next few years, the airline will purchase four new aircraft to operate on their regular routes. The carrier is in talks with several different providers of aircraft and one of the deals has already been finalized, says Bulgaria Air exclusively for Airlinerwatch.

The news of the airline's fleet expansion was first announced in early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic landed much of the world's aviation business. Bulgaria Air confirms that its plans to add new machines to its fleet continue and the airline is going to purchase 4 new Airbus A320 models.

At the same time, the carrier seems to be pursuing a policy different from that of many carriers - instead of closing down routes and reducing flights, Bulgaria Air announced that for the Christmas holidays is launching additional frequencies to almost all its destinations in Europe. And the other big news from the airline is that in 2021 the carrier will also add new destinations to its portfolio. Currently, the airline operates regular flights to over 25 cities in Europe and the Middle East and maintains two operates on two internal routes in Bulgaria. In 2021, the national carrier of Bulgaria will increase its portfolio and will start operating flights to 36 cities in Europe and the Middle East.

Bulgaria Air is the largest carrier in Bulgaria and one of the few companies in the world that at the crest of the COVID-19 pandemic took one of the safest measures for aircraft hygiene and disinfection – UV light disinfection. In early November, in an official press release from Bulgaria Air, it was announced that in addition to the current disinfection with certified detergents, the premises in the aircraft will be treated with a special system with ultraviolet rays (UV) – Honeywell UV Cabin System II. The technology has been proven to kill all viruses and bacteria from smooth surfaces.

The technology is adapted specifically for aviation, similar to the UV disinfection system used in hospitals and COVID wards. It has extendable UV arms that treat the seats, surfaces, and cabins of the aircraft without the use of cleaning chemicals. Hard-to-reach places on the plane can also be disinfected thanks to a removable lamp. In this way, after processing with the machine, passengers can board a completely sterile saloon. Just a few days ago the world-known magazine TIME included the machine in its annual list of Best Inventions.

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