Airline Review: Air Dolomiti Business Class
The Air Dolomiti Business Class isn’t an incredibly special experience, but it’s a nice way to fly on shorter routes within Europe. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t really pay more to sit upfront as you’ll see in this extensive airline review.
Today, Air Dolomiti is not operating independently anymore, but instead is part of the Lufthansa Group. Thus, the airline only flies from Munich to various destinations.
- Airplane: Embraer 190
- Cabin Class: Business
- Daytime: Evening
- Food: Sweet Snack
- Seat Pitch: 32 Inch (81 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 18 Inch (46 Centimeter)
Some destinations are the original Air Dolomiti destinations in Italy, which are also marketed by the airline, others are flights fully operated for Lufthansa, which are also sold by Lufthansa. All flights offer the same experience though, which feels pretty much like the Lufthansa regional Business Class, but is somewhat more authentic.
Air Dolomiti invited me to take this flight for my help with creating the new on board menu for business class. There were no guidelines for my review, nor did I let me influence. Those, all views here are mine and show the experience as it is.
Seating in the Air Dolomiti Business Class
Air Dolomiti operates a fleet of only Embraer 190 jets, which came with a typical 2-2 configuration. For Business Class, the seats are the same as in the Air Dolomiti Economy Class. However, the main advantage of a ticket in business class is that the seat next to yours stays free, guaranteed.
The leather seats as such are comfortable enough, but also nothing to write home about.
The seat pitch in the Air Dolomiti Business Class is good enough and allows you to sit comfortably without feeling squeezed.
The cabin as such feels modern and has distinctive Air Dolomiti touches, which I find cute and somewhat makes the experience special.
Catering in the Air Dolomiti Business Class
In the past, I’ve already sampled the Air Dolomiti catering before it was introduced on flights within Europe. Oddly enough, on both my flights in the Air Dolomiti Business Class I got the exact same meal.
The Italian inspired sweet meal was quite tasty, but I would have actually preferred something savory on an evening flight. There was also no starter and no dessert, which is okay on such short flights, but not particularly amazing either.
The small cookie which came with the meal was tasty though.
When it comes to drinks, you can choose between soft drinks, water, beer and a nice wine list.
All in all, the Air Dolomiti Business Class catering is nice enough, yet not amazing.
Entertainment in the Air Dolomiti Business Class
The entertainment offerings in the Air Dolomiti Business Class are somewhat limited. There are no newspapers or magazines other than the (interesting) board magazine. Then, there’s also no WiFi and you won’t find overhead monitors. Yet, you can at least download various magazines and newspapers on your own device on board, which I think is a nice service to add.
Overall impressions of the Air Dolomiti Business Class
To be honest, I don’t think that Business Class on flights within Europe is really necessary, that’s true for Air Dolomiti, too. The main differences between Business Class and Economy Class are the blocked seat as well as the elevated catering. Neither of these is really making me pay way more for a ticket, so I’d just recommend booking Economy. That said, the Air Dolomiti Business Class was still a nice enough experience.