Air Dolomiti
IATA ICAO Callsign
EN DLA DOLOMITI
Founded30 December 1989; 33 years ago (1989-12-30)
Commenced operationsJanuary 1991; 32 years ago (1991-01)
Operating basesVerona Villafranca Airport[1]
Focus cities
Fleet size19[2]
Destinations26[1]
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersDossobuono, Villafranca di Verona, Italy
Key peopleSteffen Harbarth, CEO[3]
Employees748 (2020)
Websiteairdolomiti.eu

Air Dolomiti S.p.A. is an Italian regional airline with its head office in Dossobuono, Villafranca di Verona,[4] 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][5] 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

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.[6]

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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[9] However in late 2021, Lufthansa stated that the relocation was no longer confirmed and maybe continued later or on a smaller scale if at all.[10] Later on, two Embraer 195 were relocated from Lufthansa CityLine by spring 2022.[11] In late 2022, Lufthansa confirmed it would transfer further aircraft from Lufthansa CityLine to Air Dolomiti to strengthen the group's presence in Italy after its bid to take over ITA Airways fell apart.[12]

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:[13]

Fleet

Air Dolomiti Embraer 195
Air Dolomiti BAe 146-300
Air Dolomiti Bombardier CRJ200

Current fleet

As of July 2023, Air Dolomiti operates the following aircraft:[2]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 190 2 100 Further aircraft to be relocated from Lufthansa CityLine.[14]
Embraer 195 17 120
Total 19

Several 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.[15]

Historic fleet

Air Dolomiti previously also operated the following types of aircraft:[2]

Aircraft Number Year Introduced Year Retired
ATR 42-300 16 1993 2010
ATR 72-500 13 2000 2014
BAe 146-200 1 1998 Un­known
BAe 146-300 5 2005 2009
Bombardier CRJ200 5 2001 2005
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 3 1990 1994
Embraer 190 1 2011 2012
Fokker 100 2 1999 Un­known

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f airdolomiti.eu - Our flight destinations retrieved 29 March 2020
  2. ^ a b c "Air Dolomiti Fleet Details and History". Planespotters. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  3. ^ Bodell, Luke (16 September 2021). "Steffen Harbarth - Who Is Air Dolomiti's New CEO?". Simple Flying. Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  4. ^ "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."
  5. ^ "Lufthansa-owned Air Dolomiti focused on feeding MUC hub; new Malpensa base planned for 2009". anna.aero. 5 September 2008.
  6. ^ a b Air Dolomiti: Universally Europe Airliner World February 2020 pages 31-37
  7. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 56.
  8. ^ "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"
  9. ^ aerotelegraph.com - Air Dolomiti erbt Embraer von Lufthansa Cityline (German) 26 September 2018
  10. ^ "Air Dolomitis langes Warten auf Embraer-Nachschub". 4 January 2022.
  11. ^ aerotelegraph.com (German) 1 February 2022
  12. ^ aerotelegraph.com (German) 28 October 2022
  13. ^ "Profile on Air Dolomiti". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  14. ^ airliners.de (German) 8 December 2022
  15. ^ "Fleet of Air Dolomiti on Air Dolomiti's homepage". Archived from the original on 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  16. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 I-ALPL Barcelona Airport (BCN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  17. ^ Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after engine failure and smoke". bd.de. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  19. ^ "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after smoke, collapse of nose gear". Avherald.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17.

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