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Niki Lauda

Schwechat, Austria

Parent organization
Austrian Airlines

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Operating bases
Vienna International Airport

Focus cities
Graz Airport Innsbruck Airport Linz Airport

Operating base
Vienna International Airport

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Lauda Air Luftfahrt GmbH, branded as Lauda Air, was an Austrian airline headquartered at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat. It was owned by Niki Lauda during much of its existence, later becoming a charter airline subsidiary for leisure operations of Austrian Airlines. On 6 April 2013, Lauda Air ceased to exist and was replaced by Austrian myHoliday, a new brand name that is used for flights and leisure offers provided by Austrian Airlines.



Lauda Air was established in April 1979 by former Formula One world motor racing champion, Niki Lauda, and started operations in 1985, initially operating as a charter and air taxi service. One of the first jetliner types used by Lauda Air was the British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven series 500 with these aircraft being leased from Romanian airline TAROM. It opened its headquarters in the Lauda Air Building in Schwechat, Austria. Scheduled operations were licensed and initiated in 1987; and in 1990 licences for international flights were obtained. In 1989 Lauda started its first long-haul flights from Vienna to Sydney and Melbourne, via Bangkok. In the 1990s, it started to fly its Sydney and Melbourne flights via Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Daily flights to Dubai, Cuba, and Miami via Munich followed.

Lauda Air became a wholly owned subsidiary of Austrian Airlines in December 2000, and employed 35 as of March 2007. In 2005 the flight operation merged with Austrian Airlines, and the label, "Lauda Air" operated charter flights within the Austrian Airlines Group.

At an AAG board meeting in November 2006, plans were approved to retire the Airbus wide-bodied fleet by mid-2007, to concentrate on a Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleet. As a result of subsequent fleet cuts, Austrian Airlines suspended some long-haul services and Lauda Air withdrew from the long-haul charter market over the next year. This led to a refocus on the short/medium haul market, and led to the addition of a 737–800 to take over most of the charter routes. Lauda Air also had an Italian subsidiary, Lauda Air S.p.A., which ended its operations in 2007.

Lauda Air was officially merged into Austrian Airlines on 1 July 2012. All aircraft within the group were transferred to Austrian Airlines on 1 July 2012, to be able to take advantage of Austrian Airlines structure. The last carried the Lauda Air livery until the closure of the brand to secure the Air operator's certificate.

The brand was retired at the start of the summer flight schedule on 31 March 2013, and was replaced by "Austrian myHoliday". It is no longer an airline but a branding that is used to sell Austrian Airlines' own leisure offers.


Austrian Airlines regularly served, among others, the following destinations under the Lauda Air brand until March 2013:


  • Hurghada – Hurghada International Airport
  • Luxor – Luxor International Airport
  • Sharm el-Sheikh – Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
  • Europe

  • Vienna – Vienna International Airport Base
  • Innsbruck – Innsbruck Airport Base
  •  Greece
  • Chania – Chania International Airport [seasonal]
  • Corfu – Corfu International Airport [seasonal]
  • Heraklion – Heraklion International Airport, "Nikos Kazantzakis" [seasonal]
  • Karpathos – Karpathos Island National Airport [seasonal]
  • Kavala – Kavala International Airport [seasonal]
  • Kefalonia – Kefalonia Island International Airport [seasonal]
  • Kos – Kos Island International Airport [seasonal]
  • Lesbos – Mytilene International Airport [seasonal]
  • Mykonos – Mykonos Island National Airport [seasonal]
  • Preveza – Aktion National Airport [seasonal]
  • Rhodes – Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras" [seasonal]
  • Samos – Samos International Airport [seasonal]
  • Santorini – Santorini (Thira) National Airport [seasonal]
  • Skiathos – Skiathos Island National Airport [seasonal]
  • Thessaloniki – Thessaloniki International Airport, "Macedonia" [seasonal]
  • Volos – Nea Anchialos National Airport [seasonal]
  • Zakynthos – Zakynthos International Airport, "Dionysios Solomos" [seasonal]
  •  Iceland
  • Reykjavík – Keflavik Airport [seasonal]
  •  Ireland
  • Dublin – Dublin Airport [seasonal]
  •  Italy
  • Cagliari – Cagliari Elmas Airport
  • Catania – Catania-Fontanarossa Airport [seasonal]
  • Naples – Naples Airport [seasonal]
  • Olbia – Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
  • Tortolì – Tortolì Airport
  •  Portugal
  • Faro – Faro Airport [seasonal]
  • Funchal – Madeira Airport [seasonal]
  •  Spain
  • Barcelona – Barcelona El Prat Airport [seasonal]
  • Fuerteventura – Fuerteventura Airport
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Gran Canaria Airport
  • Málaga – Málaga Airport [seasonal]
  • Lanzarote – Lanzarote Airport [seasonal]
  • Tenerife – Tenerife South Airport
  •  Turkey
  • Antalya – Antalya Airport
  • Bodrum – Milas-Bodrum Airport [seasonal]
  • Dalaman – Dalaman Airport [seasonal]
  • Asia

     Hong Kong

  • Kai Tak Airport (before 1998)
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  •  Indonesia

  • Denpasar/Bali
  •  Thailand

  • Bangkok – Don Mueang International Airport
  • Phuket – Phuket International Airport
  •  Vietnam

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  •  Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  •  Maldives

  • Malé – Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
  • Oceania


  • Sydney Airport
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Europe


  • Salzburg – Salzburg Airport
  •  United Kingdom

  • London
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Manchester – Manchester Airport
  •  France

  • Paris – Orly Airport
  • Nice – Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
  •  Spain

  • Madrid – Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
  •  Portugal

  • Lisbon – Lisbon Portela Airport
  •  Italy

  • Rome – Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
  • Milan – Milan–Malpensa Airport
  •  Germany

  • Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf Airport
  • Frankfurt – Frankfurt Airport
  • Munich – Munich Airport
  • Last fleet

    At last, Lauda Air operated the following aircraft:

  • 1 Boeing 737–800
  • Historic fleet

    Lauda Air's past fleet included:

  • Boeing 737 Original (200), Classic(300,400), Next Generation (600,700,800) 1985–2013
  • Boeing 767-300ER 1990–2007
  • Boeing 777-200ER 1997–2005
  • Airbus A320-200 1999–2005
  • Fokker F27 1985–1994(5,6)
  • BAC 1-11-500 1980s- 1980s
  • Bombardier CRJ100 1994–2004
  • Lauda Air Executive

    Lauda Air also operated a fleet consisting of 3 small jets, a Cessna Citation II (9 Seats), a Bombardier Lear 60 (7 seats), and a Dassault Falcon 20 (12 seats). These were available for private charter flights.

    Incidents and accidents

  • On 26 May 1991, Lauda Air Flight 004, a Boeing 767-300ER, named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, crashed in Thailand shortly after take-off from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, due to the non-commanded deployment of one of its thrust reversers. This accident resulted in the deaths of all 223 passengers and crew.
  • References

    Lauda Air Wikipedia

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