I just flew an Italian airline between France and Germany.
Air Dolomiti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa based in Verona, Italy. It operates many flights on behalf of Lufthansa to/from Munich. Unlike many of Lufthansa’s other regional partners, the carrier maintains its own identity through distinct livery, crew uniforms, seat covers, and crockery.
Although Air Dolomiti flies almost exclusively to Northern Italy, I found myself on an Air Dolomiti-operated flight from Nice to Munich last week. That’s technically (I think?) a Seventh Freedom flight, since the flight did not continue to Italy (which would have made it a Fifth Freedom flight). Flying from France to Germany on an Italian airline was a bit of a novelty, but what was really the novelty was the onboard amenities. Upon boarding, I was presented with a bottle of water, amenity kit, and moist towelette. An amenity kit on a flight of less than one hour? That’s something new.
Looking at the seatbacks, it appeared that wi-fi would be available onboard, but it turned out to be more like an intranet system, with streaming videos plus games and destination info. That appears to be a work in progress.
Service also shined (very friendly FAs) and I loved the plates that breakfast was served on. Breakfast itself was tasty as well, with meat, cheese, and hot bread.
This is still an airline with economy class seating in business class: don’t expect a lie-flat bed. Even so, it’s a cut above many of its competitors.
I will post a full review, but was quite impressed with the service onboard this short flight to Munich. While airlines like Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines offer “real” business class seats on flights within Europe, I’d say Air Dolomiti offers a better product than most European competitors.