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Carpatair logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1999
Fleet size 3
Destinations Europe
Headquarters Timișoara, Romania
Key people Nicolae Petrov, President and CEO

Carpatair S.A. is a privately owned Romanian regional airline based in Timișoara, Timiș County.


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.[1]

Carpatair recently emerged from the status of insolvency into the one "in reorganization", having continued to offer charter&ACMI solutions. The carrier had filed for Insolvency on January, the 23rd, 2014.[2]

  • 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 operation now consists of Ad-hoc charter, chains and ACMI solutions. As of May 2014, Carpatair dissolved most of their former route network and it no longer operates in Romania or Moldova. From December 2015, it operated under a JP flight code a route between Örebro in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark and under a NJ flight code route between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Arvidsjaur/Gällivare in Sweden. From March 2016 until June of the same year, they flew under JP call sign from Tallinn. During spring and summer 2016 one aircraft has been flying under contract for Volotea in France/Italy. From July 2016 they are operating the route Stavanger - Oslo under contract for Norwegian and a number of routes from Brussels Airport on contract from Brussels Airlines. In Summer 2016 Carpatair operates one Aircraft (YR-FKB) on a wetlease for LOT on routes from Warsaw to Amsterdam and Gdansk.[3]


Carpatair Fokker 100

Current fleet[edit]

The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[4]

Carpatair Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Fokker 100 3 105
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.[5] [6]


  1. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. ^ Carpatair files for insolvency, continues operations, 2014-01-27,
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 29. 
  5. ^ Crash Landing: Logo Painted over on 'Alitalia' plane. Spiegel Online International. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ Official italian accident report issued by ANSV and its english translation. Aviation Accidents Database . Retrieved 25 February 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Carpatair at Wikimedia Commons