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.
Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Valetta Gozo – Malta, Venice – Italy, and Oktoberfest Munich – Germany via Air France Business Class
- Air France Business Class: Vancouver – Paris
- Air France Business Lounge: Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2F
- Air France Business Class: Paris – Munich
- Lufthansa Airlines: Munich – Malta
- The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
- Boating to Gozo and a last look at the Azure Window, Malta
- Swimming on the Island of Comino and Exploring the Coastal Caves of Malta
- Wandering in the Walled City of Valetta, Malta
- Lufthansa Airlines: Malta – Frankfurt
- Lufthansa Airlines: Frankfurt – Venice
- The Westin Regina Europa, Venice, Italy
- Getting Lost in the Streets of Venice, Italy
- Is a Gondola Ride through the Canals of Venice worth it?
- Air Dolomiti: Venice – Munich
- The Westin Grand Munich, Germany
- Drinking at the Beer Garden at Hofbrahaus, Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
- Taking in BMW World and the Alstat, Munich, Germany
- Air France / KLM Business Lounge, Munich Terminal One
- Air France Business Class: Munich – Paris
- Air France Business Lounge: Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2E – Concourse L
- Air France Business Class: Paris – Vancouver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VCE-MUC (Venice – Munich)
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.
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 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)
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.
There was a beverage service on today’s flight (no food). White wine and still water was offered and quickly consumed!
It was a very quick and easy flight over to Munich. On arrival, we parked at the gate next to another Lufthansa A340 jet.
With a long escalator ride down and a short train ride over to the main terminal to collect the bags at the baggage hall.
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.
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.