Fly Niki 2010
1971 Starts career as Formula 1 racing driver
1974-77 Drives for Ferrari
1975 Wins Formula 1 title with Ferrari
1976 Accident at the Nürburgring, runnunig back in just 30 days later
1977 Wins title with Ferrari for the second time
1979 Always fascinated by aviation, Niki founds LaudaAir & retires from F1
1982 Returns to Formula 1 with McLaren
1984 Wins third Formula 1 title, this time with McLaren
1985 Calls time on driving career and turns his attention to aviation
1992-1997 Consultant at Ferrari
1979 Foundation of Lauda Air with two Fokker 27s
1987 Do&Co becomes catering provider for Lauda Air
1988 BClearance to start scheduled flights to the Far East with the first Boeing 767-300 ER in the Lauda Air fleet
1997 Strategic cooperation between Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air and Lufthansa
2000 Niki Lauda sells his interest in Lauda Air to Austrian Airlines and steps down as CEO
NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH was formed as the successor to Aero Lloyd Austria GmbH in which Niki Lauda acquired a majority interest in November 2003 following the bankruptcy of its parent company Aero Lloyd. The company's mission was to establish a low-cost carrier alongside its charter operations.
2004 Niki Lauda joined forces with a major partner, Air Berlin - the second largest German airline and an operator with a proven track record in the low-cost segment.
2010 NIKI & Air Berlin: a strong partnership
NIKI strengthens ties with Air Berlin, which increases its interest in Niki Lauda's Austrian carrier from 24% to 49.9%. The remaining 50.1 percent continues to be held by NL Holding, ensuring that majority control remains with Niki Lauda.
NIKI operates about 640 flights per week with its fleet of 17 aircraft (status: summer 2010). These new services have created around 250 new jobs at the airline, increasing the headcount by around half, to 650.