|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Airport lounge||Senator Lounge|
|Parent company||Deutsche Lufthansa AG|
|Headquarters||Villafranca di Verona, Italy|
Air Dolomiti S.p.A. Linee Aeree Regionali Europee is an Italian regional airline with its head office in Dossobuono, Villafranca di Verona, Italy. It is a partner of Lufthansa Regional linking 13 Italian destinations to the Lufthansa secondary hub Munich, as well as operating a few other flights in Italy and Germany. Its main base is at Munich Airport.
Air Dolomiti operates from 13 airports of which 11 are in Italy. The others are Frankfurt and Munich. Of the 13 routes currently operated 12 are to and from Munich (the other one being Frankfurt-Verona). These account for the majority of the airline’s capacity.
Air Dolomiti was established in 30 December 1989 by the Linee Aeree Europee (L.A.E). 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 as a member of Lufthansa Regional, a strategic cooperation between five regional European airlines (Air Dolomiti, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air, Eurowings and Lufthansa CityLine).
Lufthansa, stated on 26 January 2011 that the CEO of Air Dolomiti, Michael Kraus, would be established as CEO of Lufthansa Italia as of 28 March 2011, putting him at the head of Lufthansa's entire Italy division.
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". As of October 2013, the fleet consists of following aircraft:
As of February 2013, Air Dolomiti's average fleet age was 8.4 years.
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.
- 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.
- On May 17, 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 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.
- "Air Dolomiti addresses." 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."
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 56.
- "Lufthansa-owned Air Dolomiti focused on feeding MUC hub; new Malpensa base planned for 2009". anna.aero. 5 September 2008.
- "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"
- "Lufthansa restructures passenger business organisation". Retrieved 1-feb-2011.
- Fleet of Air Dolomiti on Air Dolomiti's homepage
- Fleet of Air Dolomiti on ch-aviation.ch
- Fleet age of Air Dolomiti on WWW.airfleets.net
- "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 I-ALPL Barcelona Airport (BCN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport
- "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.
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