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Mountain props— Italy

Preface

It might have only three turboprop aircraft, but airA!ps is a unique way to drop into South Tyrol, high up in the Italian Alps.

South Tyrol, airA!ps, turboprop aircraft

Nestled in the northernmost corner of the Italian Alps, the mainly German-speaking province of South Tyrol (the area once belonged to Austria) enjoys special autonomy in its dealings with Rome. Able to keep most of the taxes it collects to spend on local needs, the region’s half a million residents have a higher standard of living than most in the Bel Paese.

The area also benefits economically from year-round tourism, with 5.5 million holidaymakers annually visiting its ski slopes, mountain inns and wineries. Those vacationers fortunate to arrive…

  1. The fleet is made up of three 31-seat Dornier 328-110s turboprops.

  2. The carrier’s Tyrolean stewardesses wear a smart three-piece navy skirt suit accessorised with ice-grey pillbox hat.

  3. Autograph requests are not uncommon since royalty, film stars and World Cup skiers are regulars aboard.

  4. In-flight entertainment is limited but travellers can scan a copy of the German-language daily, Dolomiten.

  5. airA!ps’ parent company, Welcome Aviation Group, also owns Tyrol Air Ambulance, a medical airlift service flying Citations, Dorniers and Gulfstreams. Its fleet are able to repatriate patients recovering from a nasty accident on the slopes.

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