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Name: AIR DOLOMITI
7JetSet7 Code: DLA
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: VERONA
Country: ITALY
Employees 582
Web: airdolomiti.it
Email: relazioniesterne@airdolomiti.it
Telephone: +39 45 860 5211
Fax: +39 45 860 5229
Sita: TRSMTEN
Background
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Formed in 1989 and started operations in 1991. A K A "Linee Aeree Regionali Europee." Member of Lufthansa Regional. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
VIA P. MEMBO NR. 70
Dossobuono, 34077 Verona, Italy

ITALY (ITALIAN REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1861, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 301,268 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 58 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ROME, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ITALIAN.

January 1089. Established by the Leali Steel Group.

January 1991: Began operations with a Trieste - Genoa route.

January 1999: Lufthansa (DLH) acquires a 26% stake in Air Dolomiti (DLA).

November 1999: INCDT: Alpi Eagles (ELG) Fokker F 100 (11250, /88 I-ALPL), wet-leased to Air Dolomiti (DLA) had a main landing gear failure on approach to Barcelona International airport and landed safely on a foam carpet. 44 on board were all OK.

April 2003: Lufthansa (DLH) increases its stake in Air Dolomiti (DLA) to 52%.

July 2003: Lufthansa (DLH) increases its stake in Air Dolomiti (DLA) to 100%.

August 2008: INCDT: Air Dolomiti (DLA) ATR 72 (543, /98 I-ADLM) abandoned takeoff from Munich airport after the pilot (FC) announced a smoke alarm. All flight crew (FC), cabin attendants (CA), and 60 passengers all OK after they evacuated from the burning airplane.

February 2009: 1st delivery of Embraer E195 (I-ADJK - - SEE PHOTO - - "DLA-E195-FEB09").

March 2009: Air Dolomiti (DLA) is a regional airline in northern Italy linking 11 domestic cities.

The airline's name derives from the section of the Alps in Northern Italy known as The Dolomites.

Employees = 582.

Parent organizer/shareholders: Lufthansa Group (100%).

Is an affiliate member of the Star Alliance (SAL).

(IATA) Code: EN - 101. (ICAO) Code: (DLA) (Callsign - DOLOMITI).

Main base: Verona Villafranca International airport (VRN).

Hubs: Munich International airport (MUC); & Trieste International airport (TRS).

Domestic destinations: 11.

International destinations: Frankfurt; Munich; & Vienna.

All of (DLA)'s airplanes are named after the titles of famous Italian operas as a tribute to the city of Verona and its famous ancient theatre, the "Arena di Verona."

2 E190-200 ARs (0258, I-ADJM; 0270, I-ADJN), deliveries.

April 2009: Swiss Aviation Training started training pilot (FC) crews from Air Dolomiti (DLA) and Augsburg Airways on its EMB-190/EMB-195 full flight simulator at Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Training's Munich facility that opened two weeks ago. The Swiss subsidiary said commissions to date ensure that the new simulator will be at least 80% utilized this year with flight crews (FC) from (DLA), Augsburg, Flybaboo and Alitalia (ALI) as its principal users.

EMB-190-200 LR (280, I-ADJO), delivery.

July 2009: Air Dolomiti (DLA), that mainly operates feeder flights from northern Italy to Lufthansa (DLH)'s hub in Munich, is planning to introduce larger airplanes with lower seat-mile costs. (DLA) carried -3% fewer passengers year-over-year in the first half, and (CEO), Michael Kraus said it is looking for cost savings, "especially when our yields are coming down." But he said that it is difficult to "reduce costs when you have already a very lean operation." The solution, he said, is using larger airplanes. (DLA) will replace five ATR 42-500s this summer with 66-seat ATR 72s to operate its main routes.

(DLA) is evaluating keeping some of the smaller ATRs for launching services to new markets. "There are a total of 45 airports in Italy for a country with 59 million people," Kraus explained. For some of these airports, jets are too big. "We see some potential [in the Italian domestic regional market]," he said, adding that up to 15% of (DLA)'s business is operated on "our own risk, like new routes from Rimini. This keeps us fresh. We learn how the markets are. We try to find opportunities."

He praised the performance of five new 116-seat, E195s, which he said deliver -20% lower unit costs compared to the B Ae 146-300s they replaced. "The jets are performing better than we expected," he said. He does not, however, favor other types of E-Jets such as smaller E170s. "It is better to invest in higher capacity," he noted. "You see it on seat-mile costs. Our benchmark is to compete with the cost bases of carriers like Easyjet (EZY)." (DLA)'s fleet comprises the 5 E195s, 6 ATR 42-500s and 8 ATR 72s.

September 2009: Air Dolomiti (DLA) will launch daily, Perugia - Milan Malpensa service in November aboard an ATR 42-500.

ATR 72-212A (658, I-ADCA), delivery, ex-(D-ANFG).

October 2009: ATR 72-212A (660, I-ADCB), delivery, ex-(D-ANFH).

February 2010: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) extended Total Component Support coverage to Lufthansa Regional's complete fleet of E-Jets under a long-term agreement signed with CityLine that added 20 E190/E195s to contracts already running with Augsburg Airways and Air Dolomiti (DLA).

ATR 72-212A (664, I-ADCD), ex-(D-ANFJ) delivery.

August 2010: Air Dolomiti (DLA) is again about to terminate most of its own services. It has already given up its Rimini - Vienna route and will terminate its flights from Milan Malpensa to Dresden (launched on March 28) and Perugia on August 30 and its Rimini - Munich services on September 14. Earlier this year, it had already abandoned its routes from Salerno to Milan Malpensa and Verona. It has operated two seasonal weekly ATR 42-500 routes from Olbia to Perugia and Trieste between June 12 and August 28.

February 2011: ATR 42-500 (606) to FlyMe Sweden (FME) as (8Q-VEQ).

March 2011: Lufthansa Italia (LHI) named Michael Kraus (CEO) from April 1. Kraus is currently (CEO) of (DLH) subsidiary, Air Dolomiti (DLA), a position he will continue to hold.

May 2011: Lufthansa (DLH) said it will shut down Italian subsidiary Lufthansa Italia (LHI) and change its focus in Italy to bringing passengers to (DLH)'s major European hubs. "Given the slump in prices on European routes and the competition, it was extremely difficult to establish a profitable European network under a separate brand," stated (DLH) Chairman & (CEO) Christoph Franz. "It therefore makes sense to focus the Lufthansa Group's offering on connecting the Italian market to the group's hubs."

The brand will exist until the end of October. Its 8 A319s will then be integrated within the (DLH) Group. (DLH) established the Italian subsidiary in spring 2009 after Alitalia (ALI) significantly shrank, but (LHI) never made a profit.

(LHI) operates to London, Paris and on Italian domestic routes. (DLH) regional subsidiary Air Dolomti (DLA) will extend its network, especially between Italy and Germany, to compensate for (LHI)'s demise.

(DLH) Executive Board Member, Carsten Spohr commented, "We are the most successful foreign airline in Italy and we want to consolidate our position. By shifting capacities from (LHI) to our core brand (DLH) and strengthening (DLA), we will be able to offer our customers an even higher quality network of services via our hubs."

October 2011: The Lufthansa (DLH) Group ordered +5 Embraer E195s which will be operated by Air Dolomiti (DLA). (DLA) already operates five and will use the new units to add domestic Italian flights and run more frequencies to Lufthansa (DLH)’s Munich hub. In total, (DLH)’s regional partners, including CityLine and Augsburg Airways, operate 28 E-Jets.

January 2012: Air Dolomiti (DLA) has launched 2x-daily, E190 service from Milan Orio al Serio to Frankfurt International on December 31 using an E190LR (O404, D-AEMG).

SEE PHOTO - - "DLA-E190LR - 2012-01") operated by Augsburg Airways.

(DLA) will receive 5 additional E195s ordered by parent (DLH).

April 2012: Lufthansa (DLH) Italian regional operator Air Dolomiti (DLA) is facing challenges in Italy’s tough economy environment. (CEO) Michael Kraus said the market has weakened since November.

(DLA) recorded a +1.2% passenger growth in 2011, down from between +5% and +7% in recent years. Kraus said that 80% of its business is feeding Lufthansa (DLH) hubs from Northern Italian airports, especially to Munich. Weakened demand reduced its January schedule by -4%. “I can’t give an outlook for 2012 but we are relatively stable regarding our yield,” he said.

Some of (DLA)’s Embraer fleet will be re-purposed for charter flights; (DLA) is also evaluating new routes.

Kraus said that “just operating into hub transfer business is not enough anymore” and (DLA) needs something new. Nevertheless, he said costs are under control. “We are also under pressure regarding our on board service. Every euro has to be calculated, we have to ask ourselves, is our product still good for our benchmark?”

He said that business travelers account for 65% of its business. “We have to grow, and this should happen with bigger volume [bigger airplanes],” he said.

(DLA) operates five Embraer E195s and 11 ATR 72-500s. (DLA) serves 22 destinations, with 16 in Italy. (DLA) transported 1.66 million passengers in 2011.

May 2012: Air Dolomiti (DLA) will operate a 2nd route in its own right this summer season again linking Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) and Nîmes Garons (FNI) airports 2x-weekly between July 2 and September 7 using E195s. It currently only operates on behalf of parent Lufthansa (DLH) with 1 exception being the Verona Villafranca airport (VRN) - Vienna International airport (VIE) route operated in a code share with Austrian Airlines (AUL).

ACCDT: On May 17th, an Air Dolomiti (DLA) ATR 72-212A (PW127F) (664, /01 I-ADCD), with 4 Crew and 58 passengers on board, sustained damage in a runway excursion accident at Munchen-Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC). The ATR 72 had taken off from Munich for a flight to Venice when shortly after takeoff smoke was reported in the cabin. The captain (FC) decided to return to Munich. On approach the pilot reported engine problems and feathered prop number 2. Upon landing on runway 26L, the ATR 72 had a runway excursion and ended up into the grass and came to rest with its nose gear collapsed. One passenger sustained minor injuries and everyone else were OK.

July 2012: Air Dolomiti (DLA), Lufthansa (DLH)’s Italian subsidiary, launched 2 new international routes on July 2. From Verona (VRN) in the N of the country, (DLA) now flies 11x-weekly to Zurich (ZRH) in Switzerland, the hub of fellow Lufthansa Group airline Swiss (CSR). Air Dolomiti (DLA) uses 64-seat, ATR 72 on the route. The same day, (DLA) launched a seasonal service from the Italian capital airport Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Nîmes (FNI) in southern France. Flights operate 2x-weekly with 116CY-seat E195 airplanes until September 7. This makes (DLA) the 3rd airline to serve Nimes after Ryanair (RYR) and Iberia (IBE).

January 2013: Air Dolomiti ((IATA) Code: EN; based at Verona Villafranca airport (VRN)) (DLA) announced plans to launch its 1st scheduled route to Russia from January 19, 2013, consisting of a weekly service between Milan Orio al Serio (BGY) and Moscow Domodedovo International (DME) airports with E195s. (DLA) had announced earlier this month that it would again start operating more services on its own after having mainly operated on a wet-lease basis on behalf of parent, Lufthansa (DLH) in the past.

May 2013: Lufthansa (DLH) is considering transferring the head offices of its regional subsidiary, Lufthansa CityLine from Cologne to Munich as part of its €1.5 billion ($1.3 billion) cost-cutting program SCORE.

Several German media outlets have reported that around 340 jobs will be affected. So far it is unclear if all employees will accept the move. About 125 technical staff should remain in Cologne. The carrier operates 60 regional jets and transported 7.6 million passengers in 2012.

Cost-cutting measures have affected other regional partners, including Augsburg Airways and Contact Air.

Pilots (FC) at Lufthansa Italian subsidiary Air Dolomiti (DLA) went on a 4-hour strike to voice concerns about (DLA)’s future. The pilots (FC) are represented by Ugl Trasporti. (DLA) expected delays or cancellations.

As part of its cost-cutting measures, (DLH) is expected to phase out Air Dolomiti (DLA)’s fleet of 4 ATR 72-212s and will operate (DLA)’s 10 Embraer E190 regional jets only.

September 2013: Italy’s air navigation services provider (ENAV) has reduced its terminal air navigation charges -25% for the last 4 months of this year, saving airlines an estimated -€20 million/-$26.4 million.

October 2013: Lufthansa (DLH) is ending turboprop services October 26 with Italian subsidiary Air Dolomiti (DLA)’s final ATR 72-500 flight from Munich to Triest, Italy, as (DLH) moves ahead with its restructuring program "SCORE." Lufthansa (DLH) said it is important to consolidate its European fleet.

Lufthansa (DLH) regional carriers will operate Embraer E190/E195s and Bombardier CRJ700/900s.

Also leaving the Group are five Bombardier Q400s, operated by regional partner Augsburg Airways, which is shutting down after Lufthansa (DLH) ends its cooperation with the carrier on October 31.

February 2014: Air Dolomiti (DLA), a Lufthansa (DLH) subsidiary, has reported 1.7 million passengers carried in 2013, up +8.7% year-over-year. It also reported a load factor of around 70% LF.

(DLA) said that its new business model, which is to operate as a hub feeder carrier for Lufthansa (DLH) and as well as to provide point-to-point service at its own risk, has been accepted by the market.

Last year, (DLA) operated services to Verona, Venice, Florence, and Bari from Munich; it transported 689,893 passengers.

Air Dolomiti (DLA) will launch Munich - Milan Bergamo flights starting this summer. It will increase frequencies from Munich to Venice from 4x-daily to 5x-daily, and will increase frequencies from Munich to Florence from 3x-daily to 4x-daily.

(DLA) will also operate flights for Lufthansa (DLH) from Munich to Zurich and Dubrovnik 4x-weekly, as well as provide weekly services from Munich to Ancona, Genoa, Cagliari, and Olbia. It will also operate 10x-weekly Munich - Torino service.

In addition, Air Dolomiti (DLA) continues to operate flights for Lufthansa (DLH) from Munich to Bologna, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Palermo, and Pisa.

(DLA) is the 3rd largest carrier, in terms of passengers carried, at Munich Airport. (DLA) phased out its last ATR 72-500 in October 2013 and currently operates 10 Embraer E195s.

August 2014: Italy-based, Lufthansa (DLH) subsidiary, Air Dolomiti (DLA) has appointed Jorg Eberhart as its new President & (CEO), effective September 1. Eberhart replaces (CEO) Michael Kraus, who is leaving the company after 11 years.

Eberhart is former Air Dolomiti (DLA) VP Marketing, Network & Commercial from 2007 and 2010. He was also a leader of Lufthansa (DLH)’s cost-cutting program "SCORE."

December 2014: Air Dolomiti (DLA) has assumed responsibility from Lufthansa (DLH) for the city pair of Bologna (BLQ) and Munich (MUC), and continues to be the operating airline. The Italian destination becomes its 6th served from the German hub, joining Milan/Bergamo, Bari, Florence, Venice Marco Polo, and Verona. The switch over took place on December 8th, with (DLA) utilizing its 120CY-seat E195s 4x-daily on the uncontested city pair.

April 2015: News Item A-1: Lufthansa (DLH) subsidiary, Air Dolomiti (DLA) is evaluating new opportunities such as inclusion in the Eurowings (EWG) concept. (DLA), the Italian carrier provides point-to-point service and operates as a Munich hub feeder for Lufthansa (DLH).

"We will remain a hub-feed carrier for (DLH) in the future. But to be part of the Lufthansa Wings concept, like Austrian Airlines (AUL), this would be desirable," (CEO) Jörg Eberhart said.

(DLH), which is transforming its Eurowings (EWG) subsidiary into a pan-European platform to operate low-cost carrier (LCC) flights from several bases outside Germany, will launch its 1st foreign base in Vienna, Austria, where 2 Airbus A320s will be operated by Austrian Airlines (AUL). Eberhart said Air Dolomiti (DLA) operates on a cost-level similar to Eurowings (EWG).

(DLA) currently has a fleet of 10 Embraer E195s. Eberhart wants to increase the productivity of these regional jets, which are currently flying just 7 hours per day on short flight-sectors within its network. (DLA) is evaluating new regional routes.

"The size of our company as it is right now, to be alone (without a part in the Lufthansa Group), (DLA) would not be able to survive." He said more airplanes in the fleet could strengthen (DLA)'s position in Europe.

"For example, if you operate an Airbus A320, you have +30% more capacity compared to the Embraer E190, but just +8% more operating costs."

Beside that, airline business in Italy remains challenging. "We expect that competition will be increased further. Especially from Etihad Airways (EHD) and Alitalia (ALI) (this will create more pressure on us.)" Last December, Alitalia (ALI) has been set up as a corporate entity in which (EHD) has acquired its 49% equity stake.

Air Dolomiti (DLA) carried 1.6 million passengers in 2014, down from 1.7 million in 2013.

December 2015: "Air Dolomiti (DLA) Considers Joining Lufthansa (DLH)’s Eurowings (EWG) Concept" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, December 7, 2015.

Lufthansa (DLH) subsidiary, Air Dolomiti (DLA) is evaluating being a part of the Eurowings (EWG) concept. The Italian regional carrier provides point-to-point service and operates as a Munich hub feeder for (DLH) Lufthansa.

“We want to change and we are studying being a part of the Lufthansa Wings concept; we will hopefully find a solution before Christmas,” (CEO) Jörg Eberhart said.

“This could be an ideal economical platform. If we would fly for (DLH) or Eurowings (EWG), in terms of operations, it would be not much different for us,” Eberhart said, adding the on board product would be different. Talks with pilot (FC) union Vereinigung Cockpit are under way.

Lufthansa (DLH) has established Eurowings (EWG) as a pan-European low-cost carrier (LCC) platform, which should rise quickly to 100 aircraft, as competition from (LCC)s such as Ryanair (RYR), EasyJet (EZY), and Vueling rise to a 50% market share in Europe. The Lufthansa Group has recently invited airlines to join (EWG) as franchise companies.

Air Dolomiti (DLA) has a fleet of 10 Embraer E190s. Eberhart believes the carrier could operate some routes (for example, from Bologna or Venice) with larger aircraft such as an Airbus A320.

“For example, if you operate an Airbus A320, you have up to +50% more capacity compared to the E190, but just <10% more operating costs for the flight itself,” he said.

Eberhart sees Eurowings (EWG) as an important part for (DLH)’s future. “Once you lose a market to a low-cost carrier (LCC), it is impossible for you to get it back. We take all (LCC)s seriously and we have to do our homework.”

He estimates the share of (LCC)s in Italy is about 30%.

Eberhart said Air Dolomiti (DLA) will also take advantage of this timely momentum to evaluate further projects and strategies. “With the current low fuel prices, we are winning some time,” he said.

The airline business in Italy remains challenging. “On one side, we see the market is recovering. But we also see, carriers like Emirates (EAD) flying into Bologna and Venice, which impacts our feeder traffic. Also Alitalia (ALI) is changing (this will create more pressure on us),” he said.

(DLA) predicts it will carry 1.6 million passengers this year.

March 2017: E190-200LR (0290, I-ADJU), ex-(D-AEMA), Lufthansa (DLH) leased, ferried Munich to Warsaw for painting.

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DLA-E190LR - 2012-01
DLA-E190LR - 2012-03
DLA-E195-2014-02
DLA-E195-FEB09

June 2017:

0 ATR 42-500 (PW127E) (518, /97 I-ADLL "LA RONDINE/GIACOMO PUCCINI;" 604, /99 I-ADLP "FALSTAFF/GIUSEPPE VERDI;" 606, /00 I-ADLQ "L'ELISIR D'AMORE/GAETTANO DONIZZETTI;" 609, /00 I-ADLU "LUISA MILLER/GIUSEPPE VERDI;" 610, /00 I-ADLV "DON CARLOS/GIUSEPPE VERDI;" 611, /00 I-ADLZ "LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR/GAETTANO DONIZZETTI"), 606 TO (FME) 2011-02. 609; 610; 611; RTND. 46Y.

0 ATR 72-212A (PW127F) (543, /98 I-ADLM "TOSCA/GIACOMO PUCCINI;" 557, /98 I-ADLN "TURANDOT/GIACOMO PUCCINI;" 585, /99 I-ADLO "LA BOHEME DI GIACOMO PUCCINI;" 634, /00 I-ADLS "FALSTAFF DI GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 638, /00 I-ADLT "OTELLO DI GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 658, /09 I-ADCA "NORMA DI VICENZO BELLINI;" 660, /01 I-ADCB "DON PASQUALE DI GAETANO DONIZETTI;" 662, /01 I-ADCC; 664, /01 I-ADCD - - SEE MINOR ACCDT REPORTED IN 2012-05; 668, /01 IADCE "LA DONNA DEL LAGO DO GIAOCHINO ROSSINI;" 686 /02 I-ADLJ "IL TRAVATORE/GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 706, /04 I-ADLK "IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA DI GIOACHINO ROSSINI;" 707, /04 I-ADLW "LA GAZZA LADRA DI GIOACCHINO ROSSINI"), FLEET IS BEING PHASED OUT. 64CY.

0 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) (E3129, /89 I-ADJH "MADAME BUTTERFLY/GIACOMO PUCCINI;" E3149, /89 I-ADJI "RIGOLETTO/GIUSEPPI VERDI;" E3155, /90 I-ADJJ "LA TRAVIATA/GIUSEPPI VERDI;" E3169, /90 I-ADJG "NABUCCO/GIUSEPPI VERDI;" E3193, /92 I-ADJF "AIDA/GIUSEPPI VERDI"), B AE LSD. ALL RTRD. 99Y.

0 EMBRAER E190LR (O404, D-AEMG - - SEE PHOTO - - "DLA-EMB-190LR - 2012-01"), AUGSBURG AIRWAYS WET-LSD. RTND.

6 EMBRAER E190-200LR (0290, I-ADJU, 2017-03; 0578, I-ADJP "I PURITANI/VINCENZO BELLINI;" 0587, I-ADJQ "EMANI/GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 0595, I-ADJR "NORMA/VINCENZO BELLINI;" 0597, I-ADJS "GUGLIELMO TELL/GIOACHINO ROSSINI;" 0606, I-ADJT "TOSCA/GIACOMO PUCCINI").

10 EMBRAER E195 (0245, /09 I-ADJK "AIDA DI GIUSEPPI VERDI" - - SEE PHOTO - - "DLA-EMB-195-2009-02;" 0256, /09 I-ADJL "NABUCCO DI GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 0258, /09 I-ADJM MADAMA BUTTERFLY DI GIACOMO PUCCINI;; 0270, /09 I-ADJN "RIGOLETTO DI GIUSEPPI VERDI;" 0280, /09 I-ADJO "LA TRAVIATA DI GIUSEPPI VERDI"), 116CY.

Management:
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DLA-1-JORG EBERHART - 2014-08

ALCIDE LEALI, FOUNDER.

JORG EBERHART, PRESIDENT & (CEO) (2014-09).
Jorg is former Air Dolomiti (DLA) VP Marketing, Network, and Commercial from 2007 and 2010.

MICHAEL KRAUS, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (DLA) & LUFTHANSA ITALIA (LHI) - LEAVES (2014-08).
Michael is leaving (dla) after 11 years.

ALBERTO CASMATTI, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

ANDREA VENTURI, VP FINANCE CONTROLLING & PURCHASING.

 
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