Avanti Air (named after the Italian word for ahead) is an airline based in Burbach, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Germany, operating ad hoc charter and aircraft wet-lease services with a maintenance base at Siegerland Airport.
Avanti Air started operations on 1 July 1994. It was founded by former pilots Markus Baumann (now Managing Director) and Stefan Kissinger (now Chief Executive) as an aircraft management company. It entered the charter market in 1996 with two Raytheon Beech 1900C aircraft. As of 2007, the company was owned by Gerhard Mahler (33,33%), Markus Baumann (33,33%) and Stefan Kissinger (33,33%) and has 73 employees.
As of January 2013 Avanti Air operates European routes on a wet-lease contract on behalf of EuroLOT and Darwin Airline.
The ATR 72
-202 D-ANFC in Avanti Air livery.
As of January 2013, the Avanti Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
Avanti Air fleet
Accidents and incidents
On 19 February 1999 on 21:48 local time, an Avanti Air Beechcraft 1900D on a ferry flight from Düsseldorf to Frankfurt without any passengers on board was substantially damaged when the two pilots attempted to land at Frankfurt Airport even though the landing gear was still retracted by accident.
Coordinates: 50°42′19″N 8°04′26″E / 50.70531°N 8.073852°E