Niki (airline)

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Niki
Nikilogo.png
IATA
HG
ICAO
NLY
Callsign
NIKI
Founded 2003
Hubs Vienna International Airport
Focus cities Salzburg Airport
Frequent-flyer program topbonus (from Air Berlin)
Alliance Oneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size 21
Destinations 50+
Company slogan The Passenger Comes First
Parent company Air Berlin
Headquarters Schwechat, Austria
Key people Christian Lesjak (CEO)
Website flyniki.com

Niki (also styled as NIKI or flyNiki, legally NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH) is an Austrian low-cost airline and a subsidiary of Air Berlin. It is headquartered in Office Park I at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.[1][2] Niki operates scheduled services to European cities and leisure destinations as well as charter services to leisure destinations from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Linz and Innsbruck.

History[edit]

In 2003 Niki Lauda, ex-Grand Prix driver and founder of Lauda Air, acquired the former Aero Lloyd Austria operation. The airline started operations on 28 November 2003.

Although Niki is often described as "low-cost", it provides full service, such as free refreshments, newspapers and baggage. It offers a sandwich or a cold snack, softdrinks, tea and coffee on all short-haul flights as well as on charter routes to Greece, Tunisia and Turkey. On mid-haul charter flights to the Canary Islands and Egypt all passengers are offered a warm snack. Also, gourmet menus from Demel can be ordered before the flight. There is also a buy on board service.[3]

On 9 January 2004, Niki announced cooperation with Air Berlin. In late 2011, Niki merged completely with Air Berlin, sharing operations, booking systems and aircraft. Since 20 March 2012, Niki is an "affiliate member" of Oneworld as a subsidiary company of Air Berlin.[4] Since late 2012, Niki successively repaints their aircraft in the Air Berlin paint scheme, using the Niki logo only at the nose. The new paint scheme will be applied during regular C checks.

In October 2014, Niki announced the cancellation of their flights from Vienna to Copenhagen, Moscow and Frankfurt due to decreasing demand. In exchange, new leisure routes will be started by summer 2015.[5]

Niki planned to start operations from Bratislava Airport by April 2015 with flights to Brussels and a 10-minute air connection to nearby Vienna International Airport. However, as of April 2015 these plans were abandonned and Niki will not start to serve Bratislava at all due to economic reasons.[6] Also in spring 2015, Niki started to replace its fleet of Embraer 190s with Airbus A319-100s from its parent, Air Berlin. The used Embraers are transferred to Helvetic Airways.[7]

Destinations[edit]

Niki Airbus A320-200 wearing the current livery
Main article: Niki destinations

Niki operates scheduled and charter services to destinations to several countries in Europe - charter services are especially operated to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco - from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Linz and Innsbruck. The flights are also marketed by its parent Air Berlin.

Fleet[edit]

The fleet of Niki consists of the following aircraft as of April 2015:[8]

Niki fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 4 1 150
Airbus A320-200 11 4 180
Airbus A321-200 4 212
Embraer 190 2 112 to be transferred to Helvetic Airways and replaced by Airbus A319-100s[7]
Total 22 5

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Niki at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 48°07′26″N 16°33′45″E / 48.1238°N 16.5624°E / 48.1238; 16.5624