Nick de Borst, a young pilot from the Netherlands who was
looking for a job, with help of his father and his friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina came
up with the idea to start an air taxi company offering fast and reliable connection
between Bosnian cities as well as neighboring countries for business travelers.
Chest Airlines is a company that began its work three months
ago with headquarters in Zivinice. In an exclusive interview with Akta.ba Nick
de Borst, CEO Chest Airlines says that it is a small company that allows people
to fly across the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian, Serbia,
Montenegro, Macedonia and other countries in the region.
"Because of bad roads and high mountains, travel by
car, especially for business people is very time consuming. Therefore, we
realize that the best and fastest way to travel was in the air. Travelling by
car from Tuzla to Sarajevo takes about two hours, while traveling by plane
takes less than thirty minutes, "explains de Borst and how he got the idea to start this business
in our country.
Nick de Borst Chest Airlines CEO
"The goal is to provide cost-effective travel, a
solution that helps you organize your valuable time at very good pricing and
making travel experience pleasant. Chest Airlines is a charter company that
lets users book a flight according to their wishes and needs at the time and
place that best suits the client. Flights can easily be booked online or by
In addition to Air Taxi, our company offers tourist
panoramic flights over Bosnia and Herzegovina. This type of flight usually
takes thirty minutes to an hour, and the most popular sightseeing tours that
will be offered over Sarajevo and Tuzla. Chest Airlines has two employees at
the office in Zivinice and several external consultants who are responsible for
airport operations says de Borst.
The company currently owns one aircraft registered in Bosnia
and Herzegovina Cessna 177RG (E7-VIP) which is just perfect for this kind of
service. Cessna has four seats and can carry up to three passengers. Talking
about plans for the future, de Borst says that they definitely planned to
become a stable company that will eventually expand and develop. "Bosnia
and Herzegovina has a lot of opportunities to develop such types of services
and we hope that our ideas about the expansion of the company realizes in the
near future. We are in process of obtaining all necessary licenses for the
smooth operation and we will start with flights very soon” noted de Burst.
Chest Airlines Cessna 177RG E7-VIP
Panoramic sightseeing flights
Source: FlyingBosnian and Akta.ba