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Name: CARPATAIR
7JetSet7 Code: KRP
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: TIMISOARA
Country: ROMANIA
Employees 505
Web: carpatair.com
Email: timisoara@carpatair.com
Telephone: +40 256 306 933
Fax: +40 256 306 962
Sita: TSRAP2M
Background
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Click below for data links:
KRP-CABIN ATTENDANT-2014-05
KRP-CABIN ATTENDANTS - 2014-01

Formed in 1998 and started operations in 1999. Formerly Veg Air. Partner company of Moldavian Airlines (MDV). Regional and domestic, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Timisoara International Airport
307210 Timisoara, Romania

Romania was established in 1859, covers an area of 237,500 sq km, its population is 23.3 million, and its capital city is Bucharest. The official language is Romanian.

April 1998: Formed at Cluj Napoca as Veg Air, initially operating a single Yakolev Yak-40 leased from Moldavian Airlines (MDV).

December 1999: Was re-branded as Carpatair (KRP) after Swiss and Swedish investors took a 49% stake in the company.

December 2011: Carpatair (KRP) is a regional airline linking niche east European destinations with cities in Italy, Germany, and France. (KRP) co-operates closely with Moldavian Airlines (MDV) on issues of fleet, maintenance and logistics.

Employees = 505.

(IATA) Code: V3 - 21. (ICAO) Code: KRP - (Callsign - CARPATAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Romanian shareholders (51%); Swiss and Swedish shareholders (49%).

Alliances: Malev (HGA); and Moldavian Airlines (MDV).

Main Base: Cluj Airport (CLJ).

Hub: Timisoara Airport (TSR).

January 2012: Carpatair (KRP) and Alitalia (ALI) have entered into a bilateral code share agreement for all routes between Romania and Italy and connections to Moldova and the Ukraine. While (KRP) has given up its Timisoara - Cluj route, it has announced plans to add a single 737-300 to launch new non-stop services from Chisinau to Italy:
Chisinau - Bologna Marconi: 2x-weekly seasonal 737-300 service between July 20 and September 14;
Chisinau - Milan Orio al Serio: 2x-weekly 737-300 service starting on March 29;
Chisinau - Rome Fiumicino: up to 5x-weekly 737-300 service starting on March 27;
Chisinau - Venice Marco Polo: 2x-weekly 737-300 service starting on March 26.

May 2012: Carpatair (KRP) is adding a 1st ex-Czech Connect Airlines (CZC) ((IATA) Code: CQ, based at Ostrava Mosnov airport (OSR)) 737-31S (29058 - - - SEE PHOTO - - "KRP-737-300 - 2012-05") to its fleet that will be based at Chisinau International airport (KIV) for its new routes from there to Milan Orio al Serio (BGY), Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) and Venice Marco Polo Tessera (VCE) airports.

Moldavian Airlines (MDV) no longer operates its own scheduled services now that the "open skies" agreement between Moldova and the European Union (EU) is in place. Instead, it just code shares on Carpatair (KRP) services from Chisinau International (KIV) to Milan Orio al Serio (BGY), Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO), Timisoara Traian Vuia International (TSR) and Venice Marco Polo Tessera (VCE) airports. It has wet-leased its only Saab 2000 (022, ER-SFB) to its parent Carpatair (KRP).

Carpatair (KRP) on May 25 introduced its 1st 737 airplane, configured in 148 seats, on the Timisoara - Milan route. This airplane will carry more passengers on existing routes and provides the flexibility to develop longer range routes.

(KRP) President & (CEO) Nicolae Petrov said the airplane will enable (KRP) to access new markets and “significantly reduce direct operating costs. Initially, we will use these airplanes on existing routes, while later during the year, we are going to launch new routes dedicated to 737 airplanes,” he said.

August 2012: Carpatair (KRP) is expected to replace the 2 Fokker F 70s currently wet-leased to Alitalia (ALI) and operating on domestic routes from Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) to both Ancona Falconara (AOI) and Pisa Galileo Galilei International (PSA) airports by its 1st 2 ATR 72-500s from October 28.

January 2013: Alitalia ((IATA) Code: AZ, based at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO)) has temporarily suspended the wet-lease agreement with Carpatair ((IATA) Code: V3, based at Timisoara Traian Vuia International (TSR)) (KRP) for its route from Rome Fiumicino to Ancona Falconara (AOI). This follows an incident involving an ATR 72-500 of Carpatair (KRP) on January 17 where the airplane had to return back to Ancona for an emergency landing due to a problem with its air conditioning system. A similar problem had already developed on a flight on January 7 leading to another flight having to return back to Pisa. Alitalia (ALI) is now temporarily using EMB-175s of subsidiary, Alitalia CityLiner ((IATA) Code: CT, based at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO)) on the route until the cause of the incidents has been identified. Carpatair (KRP) continues to operate its second ATR 72-500 on behalf of Alitalia (ALI) between Rome Fiumicino and Pisa Galileo Galilei International (PSA) and has asked Avions de Transport Régional (based at Toulouse Blagnac (TLS)) for assistance in the investigation of two incidents.

May 2013: Carpatair (KRP) began 3x-weekly, Bacau - Rome and - Milan flights on May 27.

June 2013: Carpatair (KRP) inaugurated services on the 1,300 km route from Bacau (BCM) in NE Romania, to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on June 28. Services are carried out with 3x-weekly frequencies using Fokker F 100s, which will be upgraded to 737-300s in the near future. Competition on the route comes from Blue Air’s daily flights.

(KRP) announced its last Saab 2000 airplane has left the fleet after 10 years of service, marking a significant change in company strategy that now offers only point-to-point flights and no stops or transfers at Timisoara.

July 2013: 737-36M (28332, YR-BBA), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.

September 2013: Carpatair (KRP) has acquired a new 737-300 to be used on medium-haul routes to Italy, from Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The routes comprise Timisoara - Rome Fiumicino (FCO), Craiova - (FCO), Chisinau - (FCO), Chisinau - Bergamo, and Chisinau - Venice.

October 2013: Carpatair (KRP) launched 2x-weekly, Chisinau - London (LTN) 737-300 service.

January 2014: Carpatair (KRP), the Romanian regional airline, added another European route to its network with the addition of 2x-weekly flights (Thursdays and Sundays) from Chisinau (KIV) in Moldova to London Luton (LTN). (KRP)’s operations on the 2,181 km route began on December 19th using its 148Y-seat 737-300s. No other airline operates this airport-pair, but Air Moldova (MDV) provides indirect competition by flying 2x-weekly between Chisinau and London Stansted (STN).

Carpatair (KRP) has been given the legal go-ahead to restructure under bankruptcy protection. The company blamed €30 million/$41 million in legal damages it has been charged as a key reason for filing for insolvency. The legal disputes arose out of anti-competitive practice accusations leveled at Timisoara Airport, Carpatair (KRP)’s home base, that are being investigated by the European Commission (EC), local courts and authorities.

During the restructuring process, the company will be run by the current management team led by Nicolae Petrov, under the supervision of an appointed insolvency administrator.

Operations will continue, although the winter season schedule will be restricted to profitable flights only, according to local reports.

Carpatair (KRP) was founded in 1999, by a group of Swiss businessmen who are the main shareholders. (KRP) operates 1 Boeing 737-300, 2 Fokker F 100s and 1 Fokker F 100 for subsidiary Moldavian Airlines (MDV), based in Chisinau.

May 2014: Carpatair (KRP) has become the 4th scheduled airline to start flying from Polish airport Lublin (LUZ), joining eurolot, Ryanair (RYR) and Wizz Air (WZZ). The 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) will be operated by (KRP)’s 100Y-seat Fokker F 100s, becoming destination #5 at the airport, adding to existing services to London (Luton and Stansted), Milan Malpensa, Gdansk and Oslo Torp. Started on April 25th, the 1,320 km sector will face no direct competition.

December 2015: Nordic Aviation commenced services between Tallinn (TLL) and Munich (MUC) on December 19. The 1,489 km sector will be flown weekly on Saturdays with flights being operated by Carpatair (KRP) F 100s which have 98-seats. The route will face no direct competition. The route had previously been operated by the now defunct Estonian Air (ENA).

September 2017: A surge in traffic into Estonia during the Baltic nation’s Presidency of the European Union (EU) has necessitated an increase in capacity at Nordica (NAG), the national carrier.

The Presidency of the Council of the (EU) rotates on a 6-month basis around the organization’s 28 member states. The Estonian presidency began in July, which has resulted in the number of bureaucrats and politicians beating a path to the Estonian capital Tallinn growing considerably.

The Estonian national airline, Nordica (NAG) is increasing the number of seats on certain routes by as much as +80% compared to its normal equipment, Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets.

Nordica (NAG) will lease in a 100-seat Fokker 100 from Romanian carrier Carpatair (KRP) for services between larger hubs on its route network.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
KRP-737-300 - 2012-05

September 2016:

1 737-31S (CFM56-3C1) (2946-29058, /97 YR-ADA - - SEE PHOTO - - "KRP-737-300 - 2012-05"), EX-CZECH CONNECT AIRLINES (CZC)/(ATZ)/(DBA) 2012-05. 148Y.

1 737-36M (CFM56-3C1) (28332, YR-BBA), AVIATION CAPITAL GROUP (CGP) LSD 2013-07.

2 ATR 72-500, TO REPLACE 2 F 70S WET-LST (ALI) 2012-10.

3 FOKKER F 70 (TAY 620-15) (11564, /95 YR-KMA; 11565, /96 YR-KMB; 11569, /96 YR-KMC), (AWW) LSD 2010-06. 2 WET-LST (ALI). 12C, 60Y.

3 FOKKER F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11340, /91 YR-FKA; 11369, /91 YR-FKB; 11395, /92 YR-FZA), 1 LEASED TO NORDICA (NAG) 2017-08. 105Y.

00 SAAB 2000 (AE2199A) (004, /93 YR-SBD; 013, /95 YR4-SBL; 018, /95 YR-SBJ; 022, /95 YR-SFB; O26, /95 YR-SBB; 033, /96 YR-SBK; 038, /96 YR-SBB; 039, /96 YR-SBC; 041, /96 YR-SBE' 044, /97 YR-SBN; 052, /98 YR-SBI), ALL WITHDRAWN FROM SERVICE 2013-06. LSD 50Y.

Management:
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NICOLAE PETROV, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

 
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