Catania to Olbia with DAT Volidisicilia –

Trip Report: Catania to Olbia with DAT Volidisicilia

Editor’s Note: DAT Volidisicilia AirlineGeeks is a ticket supplier.

Beautiful Sicilia, not so beautiful Catania airport in summer. The terminal building is large and modern as well. But it’s really crowded. at this time of the year and show

At least airport management has shown determination to avoid crowds as much as possible. Because only passengers with tickets Only the entry (or reason to enter) is permitted inside the terminal. I waited in line for about 10 minutes before I could go in.

Waiting to be picked up inside Catania airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

as i said The terminal is really good – just with so many flights in and out during the summer that the terminal can accommodate reasonable capacity. I guess winter is better.

The departure screen divides the area with distance alerts (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

However, I came from Pisa by Ryanair with several hours left. So there was no rush. However, I went to the airport to see the arrivals and departures. Check-in starts only two hours before your flight departs. and have plenty of time

An airplane in Catania (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Even though I don’t have any luggage. But I also like to keep my boarding pass for my pickup, so two hours before my flight, I was in line, 10 minutes later, I had my boarding pass.

Queuing up for my boarding pass (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

in summer Catania saw an unmatched number of flights from all parts of Europe and from all types of airlines. From the oldest carriers to the newest low-cost airlines.

However, DAT Volidisicilia In a special case: get Territorial continuity The territorial continuation (territorial continuation) was promised by the Sicilian regional government in 2018, extending the service until 2022. This would allow Lampedusa and Pantelleria, two isolated cities to the south of the country. Sicily, which is part of the region, is connected to the major cities in the region.

operation according to daily travel, It involves four planes based in Italy by Danish Airlines and more than six thousand flights per year.

Although the airline has contractual obligations to operate these flights however, they can use their assets as they wish as long as the contracted flight is in service. The airline then ventures to the mainland. by this summer The airline flew to Brindisi and Napoli. and even to the other isolated region of Italy, Sardinia, on flights to Olbia that compete head-to-head for a much larger scale. Low cost provider Volotea

Flight from Catania (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

However: soon the door for my flight was announced. I assumed we’d boarded at the lower level of the terminal as DAT Volidisicilia operates ATR only, not a jet bridge.

we didn’t

The line for the DAT Volidisicilia to Olbia (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

We’re on the jetway. but went downstairs instead There is a bus waiting for us.

Get on the ATR with a jet bridge? Of course we had to go up the stairs to get on the bus (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Fortunately, the flight was quite empty. So we all fit in one bus. which in the end is not crowded

Buses serve as ATR’s jetways in large airports. In Catania it is no different (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

I’m really looking forward to this flight. I’m a big fan of ATR because of the connections it offers in my country. But I’ve never flown an old -200 before. This is what DAT uses in Sicily operations. So I compared it to the -500 and -600, the models I’ve flown many times in Brazil.

There are two DAT flights that depart at the same time. So it had just arrived on the plane that I discovered which bird I would fly that day. Answer: OY-LHB.

According to, the original Hotel-Bravo was handed over to KLM’s failed “KLM uk” project in June 1998 and returned to the landlord in June 2003 and was consolidated by Cimber. Danish Air (later renamed Cimber Sterling) in November 2004 until bankruptcy in May 2012. DAT then incorporated the framework in March 2013, which it has flown ever since. The earliest images of the famous airlines “Volidisicilia” on JetPhotos is from January 2019.

Board the OY-LHB on a brutal summer afternoon. No wonder everyone rushed into the plane (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

The bright sun caused everyone to rush inside the plane. I was allocated in row 12 and asked the flight attendant to step forward. They said row 1 was blocked due to “Reason for balance”, but I can take the 2nd row, which I can.

The fact that the OY-LHB is over 20 years old doesn’t mean it is in bad shape. DAT really took care of this ATR and it shows. In fact, the leather seats are more comfortable than I’ve seen on Azul’s ATR 72-600.

The interior of the DAT on this ATR 72-200 is well maintained (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado).

Of course, the frame shows its age. While the light isn’t as modern as the -600, it doesn’t hurt the flying experience.

DAT’s ATR 72-200 cabin (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Seat spacing is pretty good too in the ATR 72’s standard 68-seat configuration.

Seat pitch in DAT’s ATR 72-200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

In fact, the loading factor is quite low. With just 34 passengers, it has a 50% payload factor. However, this means that boarding will be completed as soon as everyone sits down.

However, we had to wait on the ramp. We were the fourth plane waiting to take off, and the others were landing. The engines started at 2:37 p.m. and at 2:46 p.m. we started taxiing to the nearby runway 08.

At 2:59 p.m. on schedule 34 minutes when we left Sicily. The Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines sound louder, naturally louder than the updated engines in the -600.

We lost our time to compensate – even as the flight had a quick reversal to return to Catania after arriving in Olbia.

The two hour flight would be rather boring. Although naturally DAT doesn’t offer any entertainment options in ATR and we were soon informed by the PA system that due to COVID there will be no (active) catering services.

But the nature of the flight, the high season between the two attractions, entertains most passengers, most of whom are not alone and can talk about vacations.

The disorder was such that I later discovered a “balance problem” that kept me out of Row 1: The flight attendant sat there and started reading. Okay, fair enough

Soon she was back at the back of the plane. And I went there to talk to both of them and learn more about their work. Which sounds fun: Operate for Danish Airlines in Italy. I thought they were native Italians, but I was wrong.

FA boss Luciano is Romanian. (but speak Italian fluently This is clear from his PA speech) and previously worked for Wizz Air and Primera Air before being hired by DAT Gintare. The second FA is from Lithuania and previously worked for Corendon.

They apparently come from the “normal” people of DAT’s on-board crew, the airline that pays for their accommodation in Sicily in what they call “missions,” a characteristic of DAT, according to the authors. A typical wet leasing operator shows They will be working in Italy for about three weeks. went home and was replaced Both are quite satisfied with how this system differs from most airlines.

We spend most of our time on flights talking about flying. So time flew by quickly while DAT didn’t offer in-flight catering. They have brought water and coffee for the requested passengers. I benefited from that day. because the day is long So I really need coffee.

Overall, the OY-LHB shows its age (e.g. in the dashboard where flight attendants work). In addition, 20 years passed by ATR unnoticed. DAT took good care of the aircraft.

The OY-LHB’s light and sound panel (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

The toilet was quite small and looked like an illuminated cave. but still clean

The OY-LHB’s single bathroom (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

What I love about the ATR and all of its regional aircraft is the 2-2 vs 3-3 format I saw, for example traveling with Volotea in the same section. Although the difference in speed relative to flight time was actually higher in the longer group, and the ATR -200 was quite loud. which is annoying after a while

The OY-LHB has 17 rows in a standard 2-2 ATR configuration (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado).

About 45 minutes before the plane landed, I returned to my seat. on time Starting at 4h26, the flight was an incredibly smooth sailing over the Mediterranean Sea. However, although the crew tried to minimize the delay by accelerating, We must have arrived at the most late for sure. As we arrived nine minutes before the scheduled time.

At 4h43, though, we landed smoothly on Olbia’s Costa Smeralda airport runway 23 with a delay of just eight minutes – compared to takeoff half an hour later than scheduled.

The OY-LHB stopped in a distant location. And the crew took a quick photo – as the bus was waiting for me to return to the terminal.

DAT crew in the Catania-Olbia segment (Image: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

They waved goodbye to me and in a few minutes Everyone is also in the beautiful harbor of Olbia, where you can read more about this report with Volotea.

This was a great experience, wasn’t it! It’s one of those things that only Europe can offer: a Danish airline that flies within Italy with its French-made aircraft and multinational crew. Overall, I think DAT delivers a great experience for what it promises.

Although the aircraft are not the most advanced. But it was impeccably clean with comfortable seats. as i said Most passengers don’t really need entertainment. and lack of catering Please note that other airlines has already been fully serviced on the plane With most passengers vaccinated against COVID-19 at this point, the crew is professional and treats all passengers well. with care and a smile on his face always

Will I fly again with DAT Volidisicilia, on a flight with a definite public service obligation as it is already a sole carrier? On the path they competed with someone like Catania-Olbia. As they competed against Volotea this summer, of course I could, even if they had to beat me for a price. I guess that’s the case for most passengers these days.

  • João has loved flying since he was 6 years old when he started visiting his hometown airport in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil. While he has always loved writing, in 2011 at the age of 10 he started his own aviation blog. A lot of things have happened since then. And now he is doing his best to become a future airline executive.

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