Lauda (airline)

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2004 as Amira Air
Commenced operations25 March 2018 as Laudamotion
Operating bases
Fleet size22
Company sloganThe Lauda way to fly.
Parent companyRyanair
HeadquartersSchwechat, Austria
Key peopleAndrea Czvitkovits (Director)
Employees~ 910

Lauda,[2] legally Laudamotion GmbH (formerly Amira Air), is an Austrian low-cost airline[3] based in the Concorde Business Park in Schwechat, Austria, near Vienna.[4] It is a subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings, and a sister airline to Ryanair, Ryanair UK and Ryanair Sun. Former Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda had a minority stake in the airline which he sold to Ryanair in December 2018. In January 2018, the airline acquired Niki, an airline that previously had ties to Niki Lauda, which led to a refocus from business jet operations to scheduled services.[5]


Lauda Airbus A321-200 wearing a hybrid livery of the former Air Berlin still with Laudamotion titles

The airline was founded in 2004 as Amira Air by investor Ronny Pecik as a provider of charter flights for executive travel, serving European and international destinations.

In 2018, Niki Lauda took over Amira Air and renamed the company Laudamotion.[6] Up until February 2018, the airline operated chartered business flights with a fleet of business jets. This operation was moved to a new unit to make way for scheduled passenger flights.[7]

On 23 January 2018, the creditors' committee of the insolvent airline Niki awarded Lauda Motion GmbH the contract for the takeover of the airline. It was announced that the Niki brand would be retired and all operations transferred to Laudamotion, which would operate 15 aircraft transferred from Niki and be ready to begin operations for the summer 2018 season.[8][9]

On 16 February 2018, Condor signed an agreement with Laudamotion to take over sales and marketing of three Laudamotion planes, as well as operational functions. Initial destinations will include flights from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Basel to Majorca, Ibiza and Málaga, which can be booked through the Condor website and travel agencies.[10]

On 20 March 2018, Ryanair announced it would acquire 24.9% of LaudaMotion, to rise to 75%, subject to approval by EU authorities. The deal was reported to be worth an initial €50m plus €50m for first year start up and operating costs. The intention is to reach profitability by the third year of operations with a fleet of 30 aircraft.[11][12][13] On 29 March 2018, the airline announced it would open seven bases in Germany in addition to the bases at Vienna and Zurich.[14][15] However, in May 2018 Laudamotion announced it would not go ahead with proposed routes to and from Zurich Airport owing to unavailability of leased aircraft.[16]

In April 2018, Condor announced it was ending its cooperation and sales agreement with Laudamotion earlier than planned. Condor stopped providing sales infrastructure and stopped selling Laudamotion flights at the end of April 2018.[17] In the same months, Eurowings also announced it would not extend its short-lived cooperation with Laudamotion. The wetlease contract ended on 31 May 2018.[18]

In August 2018, Ryanair announced that it had completed the purchase of 75% of the shareholding of the airline and that it planned to double the Airbus fleet from 9 to 18.[19] Laudamotion is scheduled to receive 18 Airbus A320 aircraft by summer 2019, which will replace and expand its current fleet.[20] In January 2019, Ryanair revealed that it completed the purchase of 100% of Laudamotion from NL Holdings in late December 2018. It also revealed further fleet expansion plans, with 25 aircraft by summer 2019 and 30 by summer 2020.[21] Although Ryanair operates only Boeing aircraft, Laudamotion's fleet will remain exclusively Airbus. During a press-conference, Laudamotion announced plans to purchase at least 100 (50+50 options) Airbus A321neo for future expansions.[22]

In March 2019, the airline changed its brand name from Laudamotion to just Lauda.[2]



Lauda Airbus A320-200 approaching Palma de Mallorca Airport, July 2019

As of October 2019, the Lauda fleet consists of the following aircraft:[23][24]

Lauda fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 22 3 180
Total 22 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Laudamotion outlines S19 Stuttgart network". 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b touristik-aktuell - "Laudamotion is now named Lauda" 21 March 2019
  3. ^ "[1]." CAPA. Retrieved on July 24, 2018. "Laudamotion Airline Profile."
  4. ^ "Imprint." LaudaMotion GmbH. Retrieved on April 2, 2018. "LaudaMotion GmbH Concorde Business Park 2/F/10 A-2320 Schwechat"
  5. ^ "Report: Ex-Formula 1 star Lauda buys back airline he founded". The News & Observer. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Niki Lauda has renamed Amira Air LaudaMotion". 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "LaudaMotion adds maiden A320, shifts bizav to new unit". 28 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Airline Niki goes to founder Niki Lauda". January 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Niki Lauda: "Wir starten im März mit Laudamotion"" [Niki Lauda: "We start with Laudamotion in March"]. (in German). January 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Laudamotion will take off with Condor and Eurowings". 21 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Partnership With Niki Lauda To Develop Laudamotion Airline In Austria" (Press release). Ryanair. 20 March 2018.
  12. ^ Walker, Karen (Mar 20, 2018). "O'Leary's winning hand with Lauda". Aviation Week Network.
  13. ^ "Laudamotion and Ryanair Partnership Takes Off - Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  14. ^ "Laudamotion to launch Tegel base amid intensifying competition". 29 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Laudamotion and Ryanair Partnership Takes Off". 29 March 2018.
  16. ^ - "Laudamotion cancels all flights from Zurich" (in German) 12 May 2018
  17. ^ - Condor and Laudamotion split up 6 April 2018
  18. ^ - "Eurowings quits contract with Laudamotion" 20 April 2018
  19. ^ "Laudamotion to double Airbus fleet". RTÉ News. 29 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Laudamotion orders 18 new Airbus A320 to end dispute with Lufthansa - International Flight Network". 16 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Ryanair takes full control of Laudamotion". 29 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Airbus-Jets für Laudamotion: Ryanair kokettiert mit Order über 100 A321" [Airbus jets for Laudamotion: Ryanair flirts with order over 100 A321]. aeroTELEGRAPH (in German). 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  23. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World: 5. October 2019.
  24. ^ "Aircraft Register". 15 March 2018.

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