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Carpatair logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size3
HeadquartersTimișoara, Romania
Key peopleNicolae Petrov, President and CEO
RevenueIncrease EUR 8 million (2012)

Carpatair S.A. is a privately owned Romanian charter and former regional airline headquartered in Timișoara.


A former Carpatair Boeing 737-300 in 2013
Carpatair Fokker 100

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 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 23 January 2014.[2] Romanian Law 85/2006, it is very similar to the US-American Chapter 11, providing the company a special legal status.


As of May 2014, Carpatair dissolved most of their former route network and it no longer operates in Romania or Moldova. Carpatair operations now consists of ad-hoc and ACMI charters.

From December 2015, Carpatair operated for Adria Airways 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 Adria Airways call sign from Tallinn. During spring and summer 2016 one aircraft has been flying under contract for Volotea in France and Italy. From July 2016 they are operating the route Stavanger - Oslo under contract for Norwegian Air Shuttle and a number of routes from Brussels Airport on contract from Brussels Airlines. In summer 2016 Carpatair operated one aircraft on a wetlease for LOT Polish Airlines on routes from Warsaw to Amsterdam and Gdańsk.[3] Between April and May 2017, Carpatair operated services between Berlin-Tegel and Prague on behalf of now defunct Air Berlin. During the 2018 summer schedule, one aircraft has been wetleased to KLM to operate routes from Amsterdam to Edinburgh, Birmingham and Hanover.


Current fleet[edit]

The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[4]

Carpatair Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 190 3 112 Deliveries start in 2019. Replacing Fokker 100.[5]
Fokker 100 3 105 Two aircraft leased to KLM Cityhopper.

To be phased out by 2019-2020. [5]

Total 3 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
Yakovlev Yak-40 1 1999 2003

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

  • On 2 February 2013, a Carpatair ATR 72–212A operating on behalf of Alitalia experienced a hard landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome while arriving from Pisa. Sixteen people were injured, two seriously, of which one was 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][7]


  1. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  2. ^ Carpatair files for insolvency, continues operations, 2014-01-27,
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 29.
  5. ^ a b Bobon, Gabriel (2019-07-20). "Carpatair achiziționează trei avioane Embraer E190". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  6. ^ Crash Landing: Logo Painted over on 'Alitalia' plane. Spiegel Online International. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ 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