Air Dolomiti is one of the most successful regional airline in Europe.
Here some number and a brief of its story:
Air Dolomiti S.p.A. - European Regional Air Lines - is the leading Italian company in the regional air transport sector. Founded in 1989 by the Gruppo Siderurgico Leali (Leali Steel Group), it started operating in 1991. The company, of which Lufthansa has a 26% stake, is part of the Star Alliance, the most important alliance in the sector at a global level.
Air Dolomiti operates as both a feeder (flights to international hub airports which enable connections with flights from other operators) and point to point (flights, mainly international, not directly aimed at a following connection with other flights).
Air Dolomiti's feeder routes are basically those towards the hubs of Munich and Frankfurt. These flights enable journeys to be continued to a final destination on flights operated by other carriers, mainly Lufthansa and the companies of the Star Alliance. The timetable has been specially created to cut waiting times at the transit airport to a minimum. Air Dolomiti's schedules can be considered global as a result of the more than 300 connections offered in Europe and the world via Frankfurt and Munich. This last is Lufthansa's second hub and the most modern airport in Europe handling 23 million passengers in 2000; it expects to double its capacity in the next three years.
Air Dolomiti works intensely at Munich, where it is the third largest airline for activity, offering more than 320 flights weekly to and from the Italian cities of Ancona, Bari, Cagliari, Genoa, Milan (Orio Serio), Pisa, Turin, Trieste, Venice and Verona.
Currently, Air Dolomiti makes a total of more than 600 weekly flights (summer season 2001). The other European destinations of the company are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin (Tegel), Brussels, Cologne, Paris (Charles De Gaulle) and Vienna. During the summer period, there are connections with Sardinia.
As a result of its partnership with Star Alliance, Air Dolomiti is able to serve more than 130 different countries and 815 destinations around the world.
Air Dolomiti can offer its passengers all the advantages of belonging to a large international network. The tariffs are particularly favourable for connecting flights, there are offers of flights code sharing with Lufthansa, participation in a frequent flyer programme ("Miles & More") at a global level, assistance and use of Lufthansa ground facilities, connecting flights for Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Barcelona on Lufthansa routes and those of Star Alliance partners.
The Air Dolomiti fleet consists of 15 ATR turbo-prop aircraft (ten ATR 500 46 seaters and five ATR 700 64 seaters), and three CRJ-200 jet aircraft with a special internal configuration of 48 seats. The delivery of another three jet aircraft is planned for 2002/3.
The company has developed a special configuration for all its aircraft. This is more spacious than the standard one and features the use of sound-proofing materials and ergonomic seats.
For the future there isn't plan for a 100-seaters.
They are building a real hub in Verona and they are looking to Bologna.
They aren't in direct competition with AZ on any routes (except the new LIN-FRA flight), but with their feeder flights to MUC and FRA from all the most important north Italy cities they take a lot of possible AZ pax.
LH is very happy of its alliance with Air Dolomiti.