Niki (airline)

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2003
Hubs Vienna International Airport
Focus cities Salzburg Airport
Frequent-flyer program topbonus (from Air Berlin)
Fleet size 22
Destinations 50+
Company slogan The Passenger Comes First
Parent company Air Berlin
Headquarters Schwechat, Austria
Key people Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Suritsch & Christina Hackl, CEO

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.


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, soft drinks, 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]

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.[6]

During November 2015, Niki along with its parent company announce to terminate their Airbus A319s as the parent announce to spread their A319 out of service. The 10 A319 (4 in Air Berlin, 5 in Niki along EC-LRS in Vueling), Those A319s will be transferred to VietJet Air during 2016 and expected to be completed by 2017 as the group decided to have A320 and A321 instead.[7]


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.


Niki Airbus A320-200
wearing the current livery
Niki Airbus A321-200
wearing the former livery

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

Niki fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 5 150 To be retired by 2016 along with Air Berlin.
Airbus A320-200 12 3 180
Airbus A321-200 4 1 212
Total 21 4


  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. ^ "book cheap flights online - flyniki". Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "günstige Flüge suchen, billigste Flüge buchen - flyniki". Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Niki: Air Berlin bestätigt Streckenstreichungen". Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "A319 bekommen Niki-Beklebung". Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Air Berlin to fly to 3 US destinations, 336 seat A330 and A319s to be terminated.". Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Niki". ch-aviation. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

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