Air Dolomiti S.p.A. is an Italian regional airline with its head office in Dossobuono, Villafranca di Verona, Italy and operating base at Munich Airport, Germany. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. Air Dolomiti operates a network of routes from several Italian destinations to and from Munich. Some of these services are sold under the Air Dolomiti brand while the others are part of Lufthansa Regional.
|Founded||30 December 1989|
|Commenced operations||January 1991|
|Company slogan||Voliamo con te (We Fly with You)|
|Headquarters||Villafranca di Verona, Italy|
|Key people||Joerg Eberhart, CEO|
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.
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.
The airline employed 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. 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.
In September 2018, the Lufthansa Group 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.
As of April 2019, the Air Dolomiti fleet consists of following aircraft:
|Embraer 190||Orders to be transferred from Lufthansa Cityline.|
|Embraer 195||One painted in 25th anniversary special livery. Orders to be transferred from Lufthansa Cityline.|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 7 November 1999 Air Dolomiti Flight 2708, a Fokker 100, wet-leased from Alpi Eagles (registration I-ALPL, c/n 11250), flying from Venice, Italy, with 44 on board suffered landing gear failure while on the runway at Barcelona, Spain. It came to rest safely on a grassy area near the runway.
- On 24 August 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.
- On 17 May 2012 an Air Dolomiti ATR 72-500 operating on flight EN-1912/LH-1912 from Munich to Venice returned to Munich after the right engine shut down and smoke was discovered in both cockpit and cabin. Shortly after touchdown the plane deviated from the southern runway and came to a standstill about 80 metres (262 feet) into the grass covered side strip. The nose gear is reported to have collapsed in the process. Of the 58 passengers and four crew members aboard, five passengers are reported to have received minor injuries.
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- "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."
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- "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"
- aerotelegraph.com - Air Dolomiti erbt Embraer von Lufthansa Cityline (German) 26 September 2018
- "Profile on Air Dolomiti". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
- "Air Dolomiti Fleet Details and History". Planespotters. March 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
- Fleet of Air Dolomiti on Air Dolomiti's homepage
- "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 I-ALPL Barcelona Airport (BCN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
- "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after engine failure and smoke". bd.de. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- "Incident: Dolomiti AT72 at Munich on May 17th 2012, Emergency landing after smoke, collapse of nose gear". Avherald.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17.