Management Team

NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH

NIKI’s Airbus and Embraer fleet, and list of destinations has been growing steadily ever since the company’s foundation in November 2003. In late 2011, Niki Lauda sold his stake in NIKI to fellow shareholder airberlin, creating Europe’s first low-fare alliance. However, NIKI remains an independent company with its own management.

The airline currently employs 836 people.

NIKI has been an affiliate member of the global oneworld® airline alliance since 20 March 2012. This has enabled the airline to offer a wider range of connecting flights, as well as exclusive benefits for frequent flyers.

Management Team

Managing Director: Oliver Lackmann
CCO: Armin Bovensiepen


2014 - NIKI goes long distance

The daily Vienna-Abu Dhabi connection is the first long-distance flight in the NIKI route network. An Airbus A320 is used on the connection, with eight seats in business class and 138 places in economy class. For the first time, NIKI is offering a business class and WLAN on board. Thanks to the partnership with Etihad Airways, many connecting flights to Africa, Asia, Australia and Arabia are now available to NIKI passengers as well as the flight to Abu Dhabi.

2013 - the airline celebrates its 10th birthday

In 2013, NIKI received the “Superbrand” seal for sustainable, high-quality branding and thus counts as one of the strongest brands in Austria. In summer 2013, NIKI will be taking on 19 destinations in Greece and showing its particular strength as a leisure carrier. The airline will be celebrating its 10th birthday in November 2013.

2012 – airberlin group, Vienna hub, oneworld

NIKI’s full integration with the airberlin family at the end of 2011 brought a host of financial and logistic advantages for both airlines – and will benefit their shared customers even more. As part of the integration process, NIKI’s base at Vienna International Airport was designated an airberlin group hub, with a focus on destinations in Southeastern Europe. The development of the Vienna hub within the airberlin group means that NIKI and airberlin passengers can look forward to additional connecting flights, more frequent services and more convenient departure times. New routes such as Vienna-Tel Aviv and Vienna-Florence will be added in 2012.

On 20 March 2012 airberlin became a member of the world’s leading airline alliance, oneworld®, with NIKI receiving the status of affiliate airline.

2011 - Eviva Espana!

NIKI kicked off 2011 with a new destination! The non-stop flights to Valencia started in February.

And the Niki fleet is also set to grow to a total of 21 aircraft, with the addition of two Embraer E190s, two Airbus A320s and two Airbus A321s.

2010 – NIKI & Air Berlin: a strong partnership

NIKI strengthens ties with airberlin, which increases its interest in Niki Lauda’s Austrian carrier from 24 percent to 49.9 percent. The remaining 50.1 percent continues to be held by NL Holding, ensuring that majority control remains with Niki Lauda.
NIKI operates about 640 flights per week with its fleet of 17 aircraft (status: summer 2010). These new services have created around 250 new jobs at the airline, increasing the headcount by around half, to 650.

In 2010, NIKI increased its fleet size and workforce as well as further expanding its route network, with the addition in March 2010 of flights to Copenhagen and to Nice on the Cote d’Azur.

2009 – Best Low Cost Airline, record results and new additions to the fleet

“This year brought a massive surprise: Niki Lauda has left his competitors standing” – Oliver Kühn, managing director of Reise & Preise. The 2009 Reise & Preise airline survey sees NIKI walk away with the title of the Best Low Cost Airline of the Year.
NIKI doubles profit after tax in 2008 to EUR 7.1m and posts a profit margin of 3.1 percent. Passenger numbers and revenue are up by around a quarter on 2007.
Frequency doubles on the Vienna-Rome route in June, while flight numbers to existing city destinations such as Frankfurt, Moscow and Zurich are also stepped up. Another machine is permanently stationed in Graz serving around 20 destinations on the Iberian peninsula as part of the Palma route.
The NIKI fleet keeps on growing! The first of two new Brazilian Embraer 190 jets ordered for this year touches down in Vienna and enters service in the NIKI fleet.

2008 – New aircraft, new destinations


By May 2008 the NIKI fleet has grown to nine aircraft, signalling the start of expansion and improvements in the scheduled network. A new Vienna-Milan route (twice daily) is introduced in March, followed by Vienna-Stockholm in May (daily except Saturdays). There are also plans to increase services on other routes.

2007 - NIKI expands City Shuttle network eastwards

The Moscow service is introduced on 30 March 2007. One-way trips are available from €49 including all taxes and fees, as well as on-board service.
NIKI expands the City Shuttle network and flies to Munich from Vienna twice daily from 5 November 2007.
On 1 November NIKI introduces a new service for passengers with disabilities and special needs who require additional assistance when flying. In addition to the standard luggage allowance and free carriage of walking aids and wheelchairs, customers can check in an additional 10kg of baggage free of charge.

2006 – Strong uptake on the Vienna-Zurich route

Fit for a king: from 30 May passengers have the option of ordering delicacies from former purveyors to the imperial court, Demel.
NIKI introduces a twice-daily service from Vienna to Frankfurt at the end of October.
Although the number of aircraft remains unchanged at five, NIKI posts significant revenue gains, and a sharp rise in passenger numbers, with total volumes up about 30 percent year on year.

2005 – NIKI takes accolades in airline survey conducted by online travel agent

In January travelchannel.de crowns NIKI Airline of the niki_und_fb.jpgYear. NIKI cleans up in the Low Cost Carrier and Charter Flight categories.The City Shuttle and Mallorca Shuttle product lines are regrouped under the new Euro Shuttle brand. Paris is added to the list of Euro Shuttle destinations on 1 February.
On 13 April NIKI welcomes its millionth passenger.
The new Airbus A320 arrives! On 11 October Niki Lauda and his crew unveil the first of the new aircraft delivered as part of the joint Airbus order with airberlin.

2004 – Two Airbus A320s added to the fleet in April

NIKI enters into cooperation with German airline airberlin. City Shuttle flights to Rome and Zurich are added to the existing network.

2003 – In November Niki Lauda acquires Aero Lloyd subsidiary

Niki Lauda takes control of the bankrupt German carrier’s Austrian operations and forms NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH. The company’s mission is to establish a low-cost carrier alongside the charter business.
On 28 November NIKI officially enters into operation with its maiden voyage – flight HG 562 from Vienna to Tenerife. Two Airbus 320s and an Airbus 321 fly from Vienna and Salzburg bound for the Canary Islands, Madeira and Egypt.


Airbus A321

  • Seats: 212
  • Take-off weight: max. 89 tonnes (fully occupied, full tanks)
  • Range: 5600 km
  • Cruising speed: 865 km/h
  • Thrust: 2 x 146 KN
  • Length: 44.51 m
  • Hight: 11.75 m
  • Wingspan: 34.10 m