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NIKI was an Austrian airline that operated from 2003 until 2017. It was originally founded by Niki Lauda, the famous Formula One racing driver. However, please note that my knowledge is based on information available up until September 2021, and there may have been developments since then.
NIKI primarily operated as a leisure airline, offering both scheduled and charter flights to various destinations in Europe and North Africa. The airline had its main base at Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Austria.
In 2011, NIKI became a subsidiary of airberlin, another German airline. However, in 2017, both airberlin and NIKI faced financial difficulties, and as a result, NIKI filed for insolvency. Following the insolvency, the assets of NIKI were acquired by International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia.
After the acquisition, NIKI briefly operated as an IAG subsidiary under the brand “Niki” before being integrated into the Vueling Airlines brand. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, NIKI as an independent airline no longer operates.
The airline operated scheduled and direct flights from Vienna to the following destinations: Innsbruck, Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Nice, Milan, Rome, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Olbia, Cagliari and Moscow. Charter flights by NIKI are mainly operated to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Linz and Innsbruck.
Enjoy NIKI’s top class service on board. Whether you’re flying Business or Economy Class, you’ll have a warm and affordable crew at your service on all routes.
Passengers can choose up to 138 seats in NIKI’s Economy Class. The window seat towards the front of the cabin, the pitch is 30 inches. Pillows, blankets and amenity kits are provided free of charge for all passengers. The pillows are nice and soft, the blanket keeps me reasonably warm, and the amenity kit has the usual suspects – a toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, a sleeping mask and socks. NIKI is classed as a low-cost airline, however, the comfort trimmings are on par with full-service carriers.
There were 8 seats in business class with a 2-2 configuration. Onboard, you can relax in the spacious seat with an ample amount of leg space. Business class passengers are given iPads with an inflight program. Movies are shown on shared screens on longer flights. Stay connected with family and friends with access to Wi-Fi. The halal-certified menu is changed four times a year and breakfast choices comprise of a spinach omelette with beef sausage, hash brown and beans or a baked egg atop a chickpea, tomato, onion and eggplant concoction. Enjoy a luxury fruit salad and yoghurt with mango compote to top it off in the end.
Frequent Flyer Program
NIKI offered the frequent flyer program, Topbonus.
Topbonus is the same program offered by Air Berlin. Topbonus miles can be redeemed against a large selection of travel accessories, electronics, sports, leisure items and lots more.
NIKI allows passengers to take 1 item of hang baggage into the cabin, not to exceed 8 kg.
In addition, NIKI also permits passengers to take either a laptop case, a ladies handbag, a ladies purse or a gentleman’s handbag free of charge (not to exceed 2kg). The number of free baggage items varies according to the fare booked.
1 item of baggage may weigh up to 23 kg, or up to 32 kg in Business Class.
Baggage allowance includes checked baggage, depending on the fare.
The number of free baggage items varies according to the fare booked. One item of baggage may weigh up to 23 kg, or up to 32 kg in Business Class.
The free baggage allowance for children up to 11 years old includes a checked bag weighing up to 23 kg except in Economy Light.
On each flight, you can take one item of hand baggage into the cabin, which may weigh up to 8 kg. The dimensions may not exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm. Please check the size of your hand baggage in the racks provided at check-in.
In addition one of the following items (max. 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm; 2 kg) may be taken into the cabin free of charge:
- a laptop case
- a lady’s handbag, a lady’s purse or a gentlemen’s handbagAdditional hand baggage
For your own comfort and to speed up the boarding process we kindly ask you to stow your labelled hand luggage in the overhead bins.
Personal items (max. 2kg) must be stowed under the seat in front of you.
In case of an (almost) fully booked aircraft and due to limited space available in the cabin it might happen that your hand luggage must be checked-in and will be carried in the hold.
You have to follow the instructions of the ground staff and flight crew at any time.
Zurich to Dusseldorf
Berlin to Vienna
Palma De Mallorca to Dusseldorf
Madrid to Berlin
Dusseldorf to London
Berlin to Corfu
Vienna International Airport
Vienna International Airport was the Hub for Niki Airlines and is currently the hub for Austrian Airlines. Also, it is the largest airport of Vienna and passengers can travel on domestic, international and European destinations.
Airlines that fly from and to Vienna International Airport include British Airways, Condor, Germanwings, Emirates and KLM
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