Air Dolomiti
Air Dolomiti logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
EN DLA DOLOMITI
Founded30 December 1989; 32 years ago (1989-12-30)
Commenced operationsJanuary 1991; 31 years ago (1991-01)
Operating basesVerona Villafranca Airport[1]
Focus cities
Fleet size16
Destinations16[1]
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersVillafranca di Verona, Italy
Key peopleSteffen Harbarth, CEO[2]
Employees748 (2020)
Websiteairdolomiti.eu

Air Dolomiti S.p.A. is an Italian regional airline with its head office in Dossobuono, Villafranca di Verona, Italy,[3] operating base at Verona Villafranca Airport and focus cities at Munich Airport and Frankfurt Airport in Germany.[1] It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa.

Air Dolomiti operates a network of routes from several Italian destinations to and from Munich and Frankfurt.[1][4] Most of these services are sold under the Air Dolomiti brand and codeshared with Lufthansa, while a few remain under the Lufthansa brand.[1]

History

A now retired  Air Dolomiti ATR 72-500
A now retired Air Dolomiti ATR 72-500

Air Dolomiti was established on 30 December 1989 by the Linee Aeree Europee (L.A.E). The airline's name derives from the section of the Alps known as The Dolomites. It started airline operations in January 1991 with a Trieste-Genoa route and in 1992 started international services with flights from Verona to Munich.[5]

After several years of co-operation, Lufthansa acquired a 26% stake in January 1999 and increased it to 52% in April 2003 and 100% in July 2003.[5][6]

The airline employed some 748 people at June 2020 and although most Lufthansa Regional subsidiaries operate under their parent's name and colours, Air Dolomiti retains its own identity. At one time the airline's registered office was in Dossobuono, Villafranca di Verona, while the airline's executive headquarters were in Ronchi dei Legionari.[7]

In September 2018, Lufthansa announced it would expand Air Dolomiti's fleet significantly by 12 pre-owned Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft to be transferred from sister company Lufthansa CityLine.[8] However in late 2021, Lufthansa stated that the relocation is no longer confirmed and maybe continued later or on a smaller scale if at all.[9]

Destinations

Main article: List of Air Dolomiti destinations

As of February 2021, Air Dolomiti operates routes from Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport to 14[1] destinations in Italy and Europe in cooperation with parent Lufthansa in addition to a domestic italian network.

Codeshare agreements

Air Dolomiti has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[10]

Fleet

Air Dolomiti Embraer 195
Air Dolomiti Embraer 195

As of May 2022, the Air Dolomiti fleet consists of following aircraft:[11]

Air Dolomiti fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 195
16
1
120 1 to be relocated from Lufthansa CityLine by spring 2022.[12]
Total 16 1

Most of Air Dolomiti's aircraft are named after famous Italian operas, as a tribute to the city of Verona and its famous ancient theatre, the Arena di Verona.[13]

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f airdolomiti.eu - Our flight destinations retrieved 29 March 2020
  2. ^ "Press Area | Air Dolomiti".
  3. ^ "Air Dolomiti addresses Archived March 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine." Air Dolomiti. Retrieved on 21 December 2010. "Registered Headquarters: AIR DOLOMITI S.p.A. Linee Aeree Regionali Europee Via Paolo Bembo, 70 37062 Frazione di Dossobuono - Villafranca di Verona - Italy."
  4. ^ "Lufthansa-owned Air Dolomiti focused on feeding MUC hub; new Malpensa base planned for 2009". anna.aero. 5 September 2008.
  5. ^ a b Air Dolomiti: Universally Europe Airliner World February 2020 pages 31-37
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 56.
  7. ^ "Office addresses." Air Dolomiti. 7 March 2008. Retrieved on 21 December 2010. "Registered Headquarters: AIR DOLOMITI S.p.A. Linee Aeree Regionali Europee Via Paolo Bembo, 70 37062 Dossobuono di Villafranca (VR) - Italy" "Executive Headquarters: AIR DOLOMITI S.p.A. Linee Aeree Regionali Europee Via Senatore Antonio Tambarin, 34 34077 Ronchi dei Legionari (GO) - Italy"
  8. ^ aerotelegraph.com - Air Dolomiti erbt Embraer von Lufthansa Cityline (German) 26 September 2018
  9. ^ "Air Dolomitis langes Warten auf Embraer-Nachschub". 4 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Profile on Air Dolomiti". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  11. ^ "Air Dolomiti Fleet Details and History". Planespotters. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  12. ^ aerotelegraph.com (German) 1 February 2022
  13. ^ "Fleet of Air Dolomiti on Air Dolomiti's homepage". Archived from the original on 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  14. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 I-ALPL Barcelona Airport (BCN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  15. ^ Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after engine failure and smoke". bd.de. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  17. ^ "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after smoke, collapse of nose gear". Avherald.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17.