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Lauda Air
IATA
NG
ICAO
LDA
Callsign
LAUDA AIR
Founded 1979
Hubs Vienna International Airport
Frequent flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance (Affiliate member)
Fleet size 7
Destinations 33 in 8 countries
Parent company Austrian Airlines AG
Headquarters Schwechat, Austria
Key people Niki Lauda (founder)
Website www.laudaair.com

Lauda Air is an airline based in Schwechat, Austria. It operates scheduled leisure flights and charters to holiday destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean and South-East Asia. Its main base is Vienna International Airport.[1] Lauda Air is a member of the Austrian Airlines Group and Star Alliance. As an independent airline it was headquartered in Schwechat.[2]

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History

Lauda Air was established in April 1979 by former Formula One world motor racing champion Niki Lauda and started operations in 1985, initially operating charter and air taxi services. Scheduled operations were licenced in 1987 and in 1990 licences for international flights were obtained.[1] 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. Daily flights to Miami via Munich, to Dubai and to Cuba followed.[citation needed]

It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Austrian Airlines in December 2000 and has 35 employees (at March 2007).[1] In 2005 the flight operation merged with Austrian Airlines, and the label Lauda Air now operates charter flights within the Austrian Airlines Group.

Since 2007 with the additional slogan "The Austrian way to holidays"

At an Austrian Airlines Group 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 was suspending some long-haul services and Lauda Air withdrew from the long-haul charter market over the next year [3].

Destinations

Lauda Air operates the following scheduled charter flights on behalf of Austrian Airlines, which can be booked directly on the internet. Additionally, flights for tour operator are offered. These flights do not have a regular schedule and can only be booked from the travel agency. They are not included here.

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Africa

Caribbean

Europe

Incidents and accidents

On 26 May 1991, Lauda Air Flight 004, a Boeing 767-3Z9ER named "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart," was lost over Thailand shortly after take-off from Bangkok due to the deployment of an un-commanded reverser, with the loss of 223 passengers and crew.

Fleet

Lauda Air Boeing 737-700 lands at London Heathrow Airport, England. (2005)
Lauda Air Boeing 737-800

The Lauda Air fleet includes the following aircraft (at May 2009): [4]

Lauda Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Economy)
Routes Notes
Boeing 737-800 4 184 Short-Medium haul Owned by Austrian Airlines

References

  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 105. 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 27 March-2 April 1991. 99.
  3. ^ Airliner World January 2007
  4. ^ Austrian Airlines (Lauda Air) Fleet

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