Air Karolia

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Airline Air Karolia
Kärolijas Lennuvai
[[File:Current airline logo|200px|border|logo of {{{name}}}]]
Fleet_size 130 (incl. subsidiaries)
WAAT KA
ANACA KAR
Callsign Karolian
Company_slogan 'To the sky'
Founded 1929
Headquarters Säntjana, Karolia
Hubs Säntjana Anola-Fiore, Säntjana Tougu, Vasireii Liasu
Focus_cities {{{cities}}}
Subsidiaries {{{names}}}
Website [[http://www.kl.ka/] www.[[1]]]

Air Karolia is the national airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Karolia. It is 30% state owned with the remainder owned by a private consortium. As of 2015, it flies to every continent on the planet and serves 67 airports in scheduled services. Air Karolia also operates a low-cost subsidiary, KAwings.

History

Air Karolia was founded in 1929 as an amalgamation of the Karolia Air Service (chartered passenger flights) and the Karolian Post's air mail division which had been operating mailplanes since 1915. The new company was based at Fontjana aerodrome and initially flew scheduled flights to Säntjana and Vasireii using 8-seater biplanes with mail as cargo. By 1922 they company had a fleet of twelve aircraft, three of which were dedicated mailplanes and the rest mixed passenger and goods, and had included Kyor and the Aguilasi valley as destinations. A flight from Säntjana to Mecyna with a stop in Lapise was initiated the following year.

In 1927 the KAS purchased its first 16-seat PAL aircraft with three engines, allowing faster flights and greater loads to be carried. Inherited by the new company at its formation, some of these aircraft continued in freight service well into the 1940s. At the same time, the first scheduled routes began to appear: to Ismikk and Arataran, which greatly improved access to the country which had until that time only been accessible over poor mountain roads or a slow train. By 1938 the airline flew to 22 destinations, including cities in Uletha and Tarephia via stops for refuelling. The twin-piston-engined PAL-3 and later four-engined PAL-7, which could reach Paxtar and Pretany without a stop, were pivotal in opening up air routes for the company and establishing its dominance in intercontinental transport. Luxury sleeper versions of these aircraft ferries the rich and famous around the world during the 1940s and 1950s.

The long-range Watanabe W39 is the newest aircraft in Air Karolia's fleet

In 1954 the airline entered the jet age with the purchase of seven Corrus 102 jets which had a 140-seat capacity. These were used to replace the piston-engined craft on intercontinental routes, in some cases nearly halving the flight times. By 1960 the entire intercontinental fleet was comprised of jet aircraft, which were a mixture of PAL and Corrus types.

The airline was part-privatised in the 1980s and 1990s as a way of reducing the liability of the Karolian state and competition from the high-speed rail networks. The federal government is currently a minority shareholder as the airline still holds the state licence to convey air mail.

The state presidential jet is permitted to use the Air Karolia callsign when landing at civilian airports.

Destinations

As of 2017, Air Karolia and subsidiaries serve the following destinations:

Airport Country Frequency Notes
Canal International Airport FLAGMECY.png Mecyna 7 daily Codeshare with Mecyna Airlines
Khaiwoon International Airport Khaiwoon flag.png Khaiwoon 1 daily
Kenrich Intercontinental Airport GobrassanyaFlag01.png Gobrassanya 1 daily Continues to Northurland
Wiwax-Pargiter International Airport Wiwaxia Flag.jpg Wiwaxia 2 daily
Ataraxia International Airport Flag-Ataraxia-v1.png Ataraxia 2 daily
Ángel Keum International Airport Luciano Flag FA.png Ardisphere 8 daily
Jeongto International Aiport Luciano Flag FA.png Ardisphere 3 daily 2 from Santjana, 1 from Vasireii
Guillermo Saa García International Airport Luciano Flag FA.png Ardisphere 3 daily 2 from Santjana, 1 from Lapise
Vega International Airport VegaFlag.PNG Vega 3 daily 2 from Santjana, 1 from Vasireii
Eraso-Bolduque International Airport VegaFlag.PNG Vega 1 daily
Leluwa International Airport OnnutuFlag.png Onnutu 1 daily Continues to Sathria
Ergolanyum International Airport NationalFlagRGNK.png Rogolnika 5 daily 4 from Santjana, 1 from Vasireii
Felip Koudro International Airport NationalFlagRGNK.png Rogolnika 2 daily
Port Emporia International Airport Flsg.jpg Pretany 1 daily
Zylanda International FLAGZYL.png Zylanda 2 daily
Latina Airport Latflag.png Latina 2 daily
Cordoba Intercontinental Latflag.png Latina 1 daily
Säntjana Tougu Karolia flag.png Karolia Hub airport
Säntjana Anola-Fiorii Karolia flag.png Karolia Hub airport
Paliiso-Saepoo Karolia flag.png Karolia
Fontjäna Airport Karolia flag.png Karolia
Vasireii Liasú International Karolia flag.png Karolia Hub airport
Lapise Jaarve Karolia flag.png Karolia
Saarmae Lía Airport Karolia flag.png Karolia 4 daily 2 from Lapise, 2 from Fontjäna
Safrisco Frank Trostel PaxtarFlag.png Paxtar 5 weekly
Bengonia International Darcodia Flag.png Darcodia 4 weekly
Mostrakago Arataran flag.png Arataran 6 daily 4 from Säntjana, 1 from Vasireii, 2 from Lapise
Derindonderak Template:Mahhal 5 weekly
Beishan International Meilan flag.png Meilan 5 weekly Continues to Quentinsburgh, Freedemia
Tehmahd Mazan Flag.png Mazan 4 weekly
Khama'ata Mazan Flag.png Mazan 3 weekly Continues to St Richards
St Richards Flsg.jpg Pretany 3 weekly Refuel Mazan
Rodriguez International Lost country.png Ismikk 2 daily 1 from Säntjana, 1 from Vasireii
Pańade Henry Joulais International Lost country.png Picard 3 weekly
Luchthaven Krone Lost country.png Dagelanden 2 daily
Jerome Ferents International Airport Lost country.png Yury 3 weekly
Porto Colon Airport Latflag.png Latina 5 weekly
Kaiten Lost country.png Picard 3 weekly
Duke Joseph III Int'l Aerodrome TarrasesFlagforMini.png Tárrases 3 weekly Summer only
Sean Bond International Airport FreedemianFlag1.png Freedemia 5 weekly Via Meilan
Campo Verde International 2band brasonia.jpg Brasonia 3 weekly Fri, Mon, Wed
Slovech International 2band slovech.png Belgravia 3 weekly Sat, Tue, Thurs
Damon's City International Luciano Flag WC.svg West Commonia 3 weekly
Delta International Flag-of-Delta.PNG Neo Delta Daily except Tuesday Shared with Deltair. Alternating days from Säntjana and Vasireii
Nekkar International Template:Rots Daily
Changke International Airport Lost country.png Singkangia 2 daily First flight from the airport's Terminal 2 is by Air Karolia going to Säntjana, Karolia.

Fleet

Current fleet

As of autumn 2014, Air Karolia (excluding subsidiaries) operates the following aircraft:

Type Number in service Seats Introduced Notes
Corrus 502-D 10 200 2001
Corrus 502-XR 25 240 2009-12
Corrus 702-E 20 370 (3-class), 415 (2-class) 2004
Galen Ga-14 8 32 (single-class) 1993-1999 Only prop and STOL in the KL fleet, used for services to Saarmae
SAI 210 6 64 1999
SAI 410 10 94 2005
Watanabe W34-D 21 154 1995
Watanabe W32-C 18 220 1997
Watanabe W39 4 270 2014 18 on order, currently being delivered


The W34 and W32 are scheduled to be replaced in the next five years; the former with newer versions of the same type and the latter with the W39 and the Corrus 502XR. Air Karolia has also registered an interest in the forthcoming SAI 240/440 as a replacement for the W34.

Past fleet

Jets:

Props:

Colour schemes

The earliest standardised scheme was for unpainted aluminium with dark blue around the nose and engines. The first jets had a red roof and tail with a gold flash above the window line. In the 1970s this was replaced by three thick bands of blue, gold and red separated by white and the national flag on the tail. Several flagship aircraft had polished aluminium on the rest of the fuselage. In the late 80s this became mostly white with thinner bands of the other colours below the windows.

The current colour scheme is a royal blue roof extending to the front half of the tail, the rear half of the tail red bisected by a gold cross which tapers along the fuselage to the front door. The name and model are in red below the front windows or on the nose whilst the registration is in white on the blue behind the rear door. Engines are all blue with the airline logo facing the nose.

A Corrus 502 was painted half in Air Karolia and half in Ardispheric colours in 2008 to symbolise the friendship between the two countries. Aircraft have also received special paint for the World Cup and the Olympics held in Karolia.

Naming

The airline has named all its aircraft since the earliest days. Most bear the titles of cities and other important places but a few have been named after important people. The main cites have been recycled, for example there are at least five aircraft that have been called Säntjana.