Air Dolomiti cuts unit costs by more than half with E195s

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Lufthansa-subsidiary Air Dolomiti has reduced its unit costs by more than half since moving to an all Embraer 195 fleet, says president Michael Kraus.

Cost per available seat mile (CASM) excluding fuel and taxes are between €0.07 ($0.11) to €0.08 with the E195s compared to about €0.18 with its prior fleet of ATR 72 turboprops and Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets, he says during a media event in New York on 7 April.

The cost savings were achieved by a significant increase in gauge as well as improved aircraft fuel burn, says Kraus.

Verona-based Air Dolomiti’s E195s carry 120 passengers compared to 64 passengers on the ATR 72s and 50 passengers on the CRJ200s.

“I don’t even know if there is existing any market in the world, which still can support the CRJ200 economically,” says Kraus. “It’s out of business.”

Air Dolomiti parked its last ATR 72 in October 2013 and removed its CRJ200s in October 2005, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.

The Italian regional carrier has no outstanding orders, according to Ascend.

Air Dolomiti serves 10 cities in Italy from a hub at Munich International airport.