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Carpatair logo.svg
Founded 1999
Frequent-flyer program Carpatair Green Club
Fleet size 3
Destinations 2
Headquarters Timişoara, Romania
Key people Nicolae Petrov (President and CEO)

S.C. Carpatair S.A. is a Romanian regional airline based in Ghiroda, Timis County, near Timişoara.[1][2]

Founded in 1999, Carpatair is 100% privately owned with the majority of shareholders being Swiss. It cooperates closely with Moldavian Airlines on fleet, maintenance and logistics. The airline's main base is Milan Bergamo International Airport, Italy.


A Carpatair Boeing 737-300 landing at Rome-Fiumicino, Italy. (2013)

Carpatair was established in 1999 and started operations in February 1999 in Cluj-Napoca. The present title was adopted in December 1999 when Swiss and Swedish investors took a 49% stake in the company. The airline is owned by Romanian shareholders (51%) and Swiss and Swedish shareholders (49%)

The airline is an IATA member since 2006 and has recently successfully received its 5th IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) registration. Carpatair employed 450 staff at March 2007. The current President and Chief Executive of Carpatair is Nicolae Petrov.[3]

By 31 May 2013, Carpatair returned its first Boeing 737, all Fokker 70 and Saab 2000 to the lessor.

Carpatair filed for insolvency on 23 January 2014 with the aim to reorganize and continue normal operations.[4]

~Romanian Law 85/2006, it is very similar to the US Chapter 11, providing the company a special legal status with the following forms of protection:
- Freezing debts accrued prior to the date of court approval of the application for insolvency protection (23.01.2014);
- Suspension of all court actions and of the enforcement against the company;
- Reorganization of activities as per the Reorganization Plan which will have to be approved by the creditors;
- The reorganization must be completed in three years, with one year extension in certain conditions;
- The right of self-administration; the management led by Nicolae Petrov, President & CEO, continues to function normally under the observation of the administrator appointed by the court.

As of May 2014, Carpatair no longer operates in Romania or Moldova. The airline now operates a single route between Lublin in Poland and Rome in Italy.

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

On 2 February 2013, a Carpatair ATR 72–212A flying on behalf of Alitalia experienced a hard landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome while arriving from Pisa. Two persons were injured of which one the co-pilot. During the interval between the time of the event that Saturday evening and sunrise on Sunday, the turboprop – which had worn Alitalia's green, white and red livery – was repainted entirely in white.[5]


Carpatair operates services to 2 destinations in Europe and connects Poland with Italy.


Carpatair maintains codeshare and interline agreements with Alitalia, Moldavian Airlines, Air Berlin and Meridiana.


A Carpatair Fokker 100

The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 19.2 years (as of August 2013):[6][7]

Current fleet[edit]

Carpatair Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Order Passengers Notes
Fokker 100 3 105
Total 3 0

Retired fleet[edit]

Carpatair Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Still in operation
ATR 72-500 2 2013 2013 -
Boeing 737-300 2 2012, 2013 2013, 2014 -
Fokker 70 3 2010 2013 -
Saab 340 3 1999 2007 -
Saab 2000 15 1999 2013 -


  1. ^ General Conditions of Carriage. " Carpatair. Retrieved on 11 December 2011. "[...]Ghiroda, No. 2, Aerport Street, Timis County, Romania[...]
  2. ^ Terms of Use." Carpatair. Retrieved on 11 December 2011. "[...]having its registered office at Ghiroda, no. 2, Aerport Street, Timis County, Romania,[...]"
  3. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  4. ^
  5. ^ [1] Crash Landing: Logo Painted over on 'Alitalia' plane. Spiegel Online International. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ Carpatair official fleet page
  7. ^ Carpatair fleet at

External links[edit]

Media related to Carpatair at Wikimedia Commons