Review: Air Dolomiti E195, Venice – Munich.


In order to pick up our return flight home on Air France Business Class Munich – Paris – Vancouver, we had to connect back to Munich on Air Domolti; a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Airline Group. Our experience with Air Domolti would have us on a convenient evening one hour flight direct from Venice to Munich with a timing that would allow us to experience the most of Venice during the day, and allowing us to awaken in Munich to enjoy an Oktoberfest experience.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Malta, Italy and Germany. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and credited to Alaska Mileage Plan and Air Canada’s Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Air Dolomiti E195, Venice Marco Polo International Airport – Munich International Airport

Getting to the Venice Marco Polo International Airport:

We left the Westin Europa Regina at about 5:20 PM. I had booked the Water Taxi for 5:30 PM, and it was waiting for us already by the time we had arrived to the Westin private boat launch.

The Private Boat Launch at the Westin Europa Regina
A Waterside Departing View of the Westin Europa Regina, Venice, Italy

We had a nice beautiful drive out for the sunset as we headed back to the airport. We passed by San Marco square and the bridge of sighs as we headed along the waterfront to the Arsenale. It was another fantastic and majestic departure with spectacular vistas and scenic light. We had one last look at the Westin from the water side as we pulled away on the Grande Canale.

Water Taxi Views Departing Venice
Waterside Views of St Mark’s Square
Water Views of St Mark’s Square
Terrific Sunset Views
One Last Look at St Mark’s Square

We cut through on through the Rio de la Pleta over to the north side of the city of Venice and sadly away from this beautiful city.

Navigating Venice’s Canals
Taking a Short Cut to the Airport
Views from Venice’s Canals

We then navigated out to the other side of the Venice island and towards the airport trough the large lagoon. We passed the Venice cemetery which is the second photo in the walled area.

Into Open Waters
Venice’s Cemetary
Full Speed Away from the City
…With Windy Hair to Match
Into Dedicated Boat Corridors

There was lots of private metal (jets) on the apron at VCE as we pulled into the water taxi terminal. On our arrival, baggage porters were offering to carry luggage from the water taxi terminal to the airport station for only 25€. It’s about a 5-7 minute walk.

Arriving to Marco Polo International Airport
Arriving in our Water Taxi

Checking Into Air Dolomiti:

We were the only ones at the check in counter today. There weren’t many signs of Air Dolomiti and it was surprising how little it was broadcast and marketed. Even the Apple Wallet Boarding card for Air Dolomiti was Lufthansa Orange.

Air Domoliti Check In

Sadly, the outer terminal at Venice is a complete dive and not much worth writing about. There were a few sorry cafes and not very much to deal with. Thanks to our evening flight timing, we headed inside to the secure side in attempt to source some dinner. Once on the secure side, there were wine shops, a reasonable food fair upstairs and an interesting library feature with books to read.

The Largest Wine Shop I’ve ever seen in an Airport
A Food Fair Library of Books

We had no lounge access today but thankfully strong and free wi-fi compliments of the airport that didn’t drop or disconnect.

We found the food fair upstairs and I had some cheese and pepper pasta. Not too bad and only 8.90€. It tasted better than it looked.

Heading Upstairs to the Food Fair
Dinner Tonight: Cheese and Pepper Pasta
Air Dolomiti
Economy Class
VCE-MUC (Venice – Munich)
EN 8237
September 23, 2016
Booked: Embraer 145
Flown: Embraer 195
Departure: 8:10 PM
Arrival: 9:15 PM

Once at the gate, there was a boarding call but no line enforcement for priority or business.

Boarding Air Dolomiti
Our Air Dolomiti Embraer 195

On Board Air Dolomiti:

During the boarding process, we passed by the “business class” seats for Air Dolomiti. They look a lot (exactly the same) as the economy seats.

Air Domolti Business Class

Air Dolomiti has a nice green pleasant interior with the large Embraer windows. Today’s economy seating with a comment from MrsWT73 “ We sure are flying a lot of economy lately” (groan)

A Pleasant Green Interior
Air Dolomiti Cabin
Air Dolomiti Seat Backs

We took our carry on rollies on and managed to squeeze them into the overheads on the Embraer 195.

Food and Beverage: a Drink Service Only

A first for me- the flight snack of pretzels was handed to you as you boarded to take back to your seat.

European Pretzels as an Onboard Snack

There was a beverage service on today’s flight (no food). White wine and still water was offered and quickly consumed!

Beverage Service: White Wine in a Plastic Cup

It was a very quick and easy flight over to Munich. On arrival, we parked at the gate next to another Lufthansa A340 jet.

Arriving to the Munich Satellite Terminal

With a long escalator ride down and a short train ride over to the main terminal to collect the bags at the baggage hall.

Riding the Long Satellite Escalator

We didn’t get any Aeroplan Miles for this flight, even though the check in software system recognized status on the boarding cards and codeshare Lufthansa flights (connecting to international) are eligible for credit. We didn’t book direct through the Lufthansa website as the flight was 100% more expensive.

Munich Baggage Claim Hall

My Thoughts on the Air Dolomiti Regional Service:

In summary, Air Dolomiti was a great way to get around Europe. The staff were mostly cheerful and it was another odd ball subsidiary of Lufthansa that seems to do well throughout Europe. The green cabin color was also surprisingly pleasant for an airplane cabin.

If you’ve flown Air Dolomiti, did you get to claim frequent flier points with your preferred program ?

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