Air Dolomiti

Air Dolomiti

Infobox Airline
airline = Air Dolomiti

image_size =
callsign = DOLOMITI
founded = 1989
ceased =
hubs = Verona Airport
Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
secondary_hubs = Munich International Airport
focus_cities =
frequent_flyer = Miles & More
lounge = Senator Lounge
alliance = Star Alliance
subsidiaries =
fleet_size = 19 (6 on order)
destinations = 21
parent = Deutsche Lufthansa AG
company_slogan =
headquarters = Verona, Italy
key_people =
website =

Air Dolomiti L.A.R.E. S.p.A is a regional airline based in Verona in Italy. It is part of Lufthansa Regional linking 11 domestic destinations and Vienna with the Lufthansa network via Munich and Frankfurt. Its main bases are Verona Airport and Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport, Trieste, with a hub at Munich International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 56 | date= 2007-03-27] .

The airline's name derives from the section of the Alps known as The Dolomites.


Air Dolomiti was established in January 1989 by the Leali Steel Group. It started regional operations in January 1991 with a Trieste-Genoa route and in 1992 started international services with flights from Verona to Munich. 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. Since then Air Dolomiti has been controlled by Lufthansa as a member of Lufthansa Regional, a strategic cooperation between five regional European airlines (Air Dolomiti, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air, Eurowings and Lufthansa CityLine).

The airline employs some 552 people (at March 2007) and although most Lufthansa regional subsidiaries operate under their parent's name and colours, Air Dolomiti retains its own identity.


Regarding to Air Dolomiti's homepage [ [ Homepage of Air Dolomiti] ] , the airline operates scheduled flights to following destinations (updated September 2008):


**Ancona (from Munich)
**Bologna (from Munich)
**Florence (from Munich)
**Genoa (from Munich)
**Milan (from Munich)
**Pisa (from Munich)
**Trieste (from Munich)
**Turin (from Frankfurt, Munich)
**Venice (from Munich)
**Verona (from Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna)


**Vienna (from Verona)


**Brussels (starting February 2009 from Milan)†


**Paris (starting February 2009 from Milan)†


**Frankfurt (from Turin, Verona)
**Munich (from Ancona, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona)


**Budapest (starting February 2009 from Milan)†


**Lisbon (starting summer 2009 from Milan)†


**Bucharest (starting February 2009 from Milan)†


**Barcelona (starting February 2009 from Milan)†
**Madrid (starting February 2009 from Milan)†

United Kingdom

**London (starting summer 2009 from Milan)†

† Future destinations according to Lufthansa press release issued on September 11 2008 [ [ Lufthansa press release] ]


All of Air Dolomiti's aircraft are named after titles of famous italian operas as a tribute to the city of Verona and its famous ancient theatre, the "Arena di Verona" [ [ Fleet of Air Dolomiti on Air Dolomiti's homepage] ] . As of August 2008, the fleet consists of following aircraft (registration, serial number and name): [ [ Fleet of Air Dolomiti on] ] [ [] ]

=ATR 42-500=

twin turboprop airliner with a maximum seat capaciy of 46
**I-ADLL (c/n 518, "La Rondine di Giacomo Puccini")
**I-ADLP (c/n 604, "Falstaff di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLQ (c/n 606, "Elisir d’Amore di Gaetano Donizetti")
**I-ADLU (c/n 609, "Luisa Miller di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLV (c/n 610, "Don Carlo di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLZ (c/n 611, "Lucia di Lammermoor di Gaetano Donizetti")

=ATR 72-212A=

twin turboprop airliner with a maximum seat capaciy of 64
**I-ADLJ (c/n 686, "Il Trovatore di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLK (c/n 706, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia di Gioachino Rossini")
**I-ADLM (c/n 543, "Tosca di Giacomo Puccini")
**I-ADLN (c/n 557, "Turandot di Giacomo Puccini")
**I-ADLO (c/n 585, "La Boheme di Giacomo Puccini)
**I-ADLS (c/n 634, "Ernani di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLT (c/n 638, "Otello di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADLW (c/n 707, "La Gazza Ladra di Gioachino Rossini")

=BAe 146-300=

four engined regional jet airliner with a maximum seat capaciy of 99
**I-ADJF (c/n E3193, "Aida di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADJG (c/n E3169, "Nabucco di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADJH (c/n E3129, "Madame Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini")
**I-ADJI (c/n E3149, "Rigoletto di Giuseppe Verdi")
**I-ADJJ (c/n E3155, "La Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi")

Airbus A319

On September 11 2008 Lufthansa announced that Air Dolomiti will start services between Milan's Malpensa Airport and major European cities using six Airbus A319 aircraft. [ [ Lufthansa press release] ]

Embraer 195

Lufthansa placed an order for six aircraft for operations with Air Dolomiti, with all of them still due to deliver.

In August 2008, Air Dolomiti's average fleet age was 10.6 years. [ [ Fleet age of Air Dolomiti on] ]

Accidents and incidents

* On November 7, 1999 Air Dolomiti Flight 2708, a Fokker 100, wet-leased from Alpi Eagles (registration I-ALPL, c/n 11250), flying from Venice Marco Polo Airport, Italy, with 44 on board suffered maingear failure while approaching Barcelona International Airport, Spain - it landed safely on a foam carpet.cite web | url = | title = ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 I-ALPL Barcelona Airport (BCN) | publisher = Aviation Safety Network | date = | accessdate = 2008-03-10]
* On August 24, 2008, an Air Dolomiti ATR 72 (registration I-ADLM, c/n 543), operating flight LH3990 from Munich, Germany, to Bologna, Italy, abandoned take off after the pilot announced a smoke alarm. The airline treated the plane's evacuation as a mild incident. But on August 26, an amateur video, filmed by a bystander, was circulating to great interest on television and the Internet. The footage shows tense moments of some 60 passengers jumping from and fleeing the burning plane before fire department workers extinguish the flames. [ [ Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport ] ]

External links

* [ Air Dolomiti]
* [ Air Dolomiti Fleet]


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