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Founded 1999
Hubs Traian Vuia International Airport
Fleet size 18
Destinations 29
Headquarters Timişoara, Romania
Key people Nicolae Petrov (President and CEO)

Carpatair S.A. is the largest regional airline in Eastern Europe, based in Timişoara, Romania. It operates services to 34 destinations in Europe. It co-operates closely with Moldavian Airlines on fleet, maintenance and logistics. Its main base is Traian Vuia International Airport, Timişoara.[1].



Veg Air logo

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-40 from 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[1].

Because it was one of the first airlines to fly internationally from historical region 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 TAROM and is the second-largest Romanian airline. Carpatair has various ticketing agreements with major airlines, such as Malev, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.[citation needed]



One of Carpatair's two Fokker 100s, YR-FKA

The Carpatair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 16 November 2009):

Carpatair fleet[2]
Type Total Passengers Routes Notes
Fokker 100 3 105 Chisinau, Venice, charter one aircraft is operated for Petro Air
Fokker 70 3 70 Düsseldorf, Bergamo, Iasi, Craiova, Roma FCO Ex-Malev aircraft
Saab 2000 12 50 Domestic & European destinations The biggest Saab 2000 operator in the world (as of November 2006)

Destinations for each aircraft type valid according to summer 2010 schedule

As of 15 July 2009, the average age of the Carpatair fleet is 14 years.[3]


Retired Fleet

Incidents and Accidents

The most serious incident occurred on Saturday, February 28, 2009 when a company Saab 2000 YR-SBI had to make an emergency landing at Traian Vuia International Airport in Timisoara, Romania. The plane's front landing wheels were not extending, and as a result, the pilots successfully landed with only the rear wheels of the aircraft. Thanks to the very experienced pilots, no passenger or crewmember was injured. The aircraft only received minor damage and no fire was caused because of the foam bed the firefighters had placed on the runway prior to landing.


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