key_people=Nicolae Petrov (President and
Traian Vuia International Airport
Cluj-Napoca International Airport
Carpatair S.A. is the largest regional
airlinein Eastern EuropeFact|date=May 2007, based in Timişoara, Romania. It operates services to 34 destinations in Europe. It co-operates closely with Moldavian Airlineson fleet, maintenance and logistics. Its main bases are Traian Vuia International Airport, Timişoara. Flight International3 April 2007] .
Carpatair was established in 1999 and started operations in February 1999 in
Cluj-Napoca. It was formed as Veg Air operating one leased Yakovlev Yak-40from Moldavian Airlines. 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%) and employs 450 staff (at March 2007). The current President and Chief Executive of Carpatair is Nicolae Petrov.
Because it was one of the first airlines to fly internationally from
Transylvania, it has been very successful in that it has not received much competition from other airlines. It is growing in terms of market share against TAROMand is the second-largest Romanian airline. Carpatair has various ticketing agreements with major airlines, such as KLM, Lufthansaand Air France.Fact|date=May 2007
Carpatair routes expansion in 2006 started with its first destination to
Ukraine- Lviv. As of January 23, 2006the city is connected to the Timişoara hub and, through connecting flights, to all of the German and Italian destinations. The flight is operated by a modern 50-seat Saab 2000.
The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of
23 September 2008) [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=V3&al_op=1] :
3 June 2008, the average age of the Carpatair fleet is 12.7 years ( [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Carpatair.htm] ).
* [http://www.carpatair.ro/ Carpatair]
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