Niki (airline)

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NIKI
Nikilogo.png
IATA
HG
ICAO
NLY
Callsign
FLYNIKI
Founded 2003
Hubs Vienna International Airport
Focus cities Salzburg Airport
Frequent-flyer program topbonus
Alliance Oneworld (affiliate member)
Fleet size 23
Destinations 50+
Company slogan The Passenger Comes First
Parent company Air Berlin
Headquarters Vienna International Airport
Schwechat, Austria
Website www.flyniki.com

NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH, also known as flyNiki is a scheduled semi-lowcost airline and a subsidiary of Air Berlin, Germany's second largest airline. It mainly serves leisure and some business destinations and is headquartered in Office Park I at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat, Wien-Umgebung, Austria.[1][2] Niki operates charter services to leisure destinations in Europe and the Middle East from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Linz on behalf of tour operators as well. Although it is often described as "low-cost", it provides full service, such as free refreshments, newspapers and baggage.

The livery used to carry a distinctive cartoon insect at the front of the aircraft. The livery since has been replaced with an adapted version of the livery of Air Berlin.

History[edit]

The Office Park at Vienna International Airport contains Niki's head office

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 with the temporary name FlyNiki. On 9 January 2004, Niki announced cooperation with Air Berlin. The two airlines call their cooperation "the first European low-cost airliner alliance".[3] Russian carrier S7 Airlines was projected to join.[4] In the meantime, all three are members of oneworld alliance — S7 joined late 2010, Air Berlin in early 2012, Niki at the same time as an affiliate. Nikis frequent flyer programme called topbonus is operated jointly with Air Berlin as well.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Niki destinations

Niki operates services to leisure destinations in Europe (especially Greece and Spain) and Egypt and soon Morocco from Vienna, Salzburg, Linz and Graz. The flights are also marketed by Air Berlin.

Fleet[edit]

As of January 2014, the Niki fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

Niki fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 12 3 180 2 equipped with sharklets
Airbus A321-200 4 1 212 With Sharklet order
Embraer 190 7 112 2 to be removed
Total 23 4

Each of Niki's aircraft is named after a type of dance. For example, the Embraer 190 registered OE-IHB is called Lambada[6] and an A321-200 (OE-LES) is called Boogie Woogie.

Historic Fleet[edit]

Niki Historic Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A319 2 Exited from service in Mar 2011

Inflight service[edit]

Niki offers complimentary sandwich and non-alcoholic drink meal service on its short haul flights and an additional buy on board service that has a large range of meal items for sale.[7] On charter services and some business destinations such as Zurich, Frankfurt or Munich, hot meals are complimentary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact form." Niki. Retrieved on 25 January 2011. "NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH Office Park I, Top B03 A-1300 Wien"
  2. ^ "Information about the city plan." City of Schwechat. Retrieved on 5 September 2009.
  3. ^ "About Niki." Air Berlin. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline/HG Niki Fleet]
  6. ^ "Fleet FlyNiki." FlyNiki website. Retrieved on 20 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Catering." Niki. Accessed 18 October 2008.

http://www.flyniki.com/en-IL/niki/about_us.php?name=aboutus About the company

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