Niki was an Austrian low-cost airline headquartered at Vienna International Airport. It operated scheduled and charter services to European and North African leisure destinations from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck and also started services from several German airports in March 2017. Niki ceased all operations in December 2017.
The livery carried a distinctive cartoon insect at the front of the aircraft, and is meant to represent the ‘fly’ part of the catchphrase fly Niki. Although Niki was often described as ‘low-cost’, it provided full service.
Niki Lauda had been ousted from Lauda Air (part of the Austrian Airlines Group) in 2000. In 2003 Niki Lauda acquired the former Aero Lloyd Austria operation. The airline started operations in November 2003 with the temporary name FlyNiki. In January 2004, Niki announced cooperation with Air Berlin. Since November 2011 the airline has been owned by Air Berlin.
In August 2017, Niki’s parent Air Berlin announced it was filing for bankruptcy but that all operations would continue until further notice. On 12 October 2017, it was announced that German Lufthansa would purchase some of the assets from Air Berlin which included Niki. On 24 October 2017, it was announced that Niki was to be absorbed into Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings. However, on 13 December 2017, Lufthansa pulled out of the agreement. Shortly after, Niki declared bankruptcy and ceased all operations on 14 December 2017.

Source: Wikipedia December 2017


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