Air Dolomiti operates from 8 airports of which 6 are in Italy. Of the 7 routes currently operated 6 are from/to Munich (the other one being Frankfurt-Verona) which ended June 2014. These account for the majority of the airline’s capacity.
The airline's name derives from the section of the Alps known as The Dolomites.
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).
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.
Air Dolomiti Embraer 195 reg. as I-ADJK at Gran Canaria Airport in delivery flight on 1 February 2009
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 March 2014, the fleet consists of following aircraft:
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."
^"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"