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Carpatair logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1999
Frequent-flyer program Carpatair Green Club
Fleet size 3
Destinations 2
Headquarters Timișoara, Romania
Key people Nicolae Petrov, President and CEO

S.C. Carpatair S.A. is a privately owned Romanian regional airline based in Ghiroda, Timiș County, near Timișoara.[1][2]


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.

Carpatair cooperated closely with now defunct Moldavian Airlines on fleet, maintenance and logistics.

As of November 2015, Carpatair started operating two of its three aircraft for the Nordic Aviation Group, a joint-venture successor for defunct Estonian Air.[5]


As of May 2014, Carpatair dissolved most of their former route network and no longer operates in Romania or Moldova. The airline also in the past operated a route between Lublin in Poland and Rome in Italy. As of January 2016, it operates under a JP flight code a route between Örebro in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark.


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


Carpatair Fokker 100

Current fleet[edit]

The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft as of November 2015:[5]

Carpatair Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Fokker 100 3 105 2 operated for Nordic Aviation Group
Total 3

Retired fleet[edit]

Carpatair Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired
ATR 72-500 2 2013 2013
Boeing 737-300 2 2012 2014
Fokker 70 3 2010 2013
Saab 340 5 1999 2007
Saab 2000 15 1999 2013

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.[6]


  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. ^ a b - Carpatair retrieved 12 November 2015
  6. ^ [1] Crash Landing: Logo Painted over on 'Alitalia' plane. Spiegel Online International. Retrieved 5 February 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Carpatair at Wikimedia Commons