Hey guys, I started this topic because of Niki Lauda’s death yesterday. After research, I found out about Lauda Air and Niki Lauda’s legendary life. I made the part about his Formula 1 Racing career short so that I won’t be off topic.
Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda (22 February 1949 – 20 May 2019) was a legendary F1 racer. In the 1970s and 1980s, he won numerous championships and had a crash in 1976 in Nürburgring that nearly took his life.
He also has a role in aviation. He founded Lauda Air in 1979. The airline was owned by Niki Lauda in most of the late 20th Century, and later became a charter subsidiary of Australian Airlines. It merged into Amira Air in 2018 and became Laudamotion and is now a subsidiary of Ryanair.
Hub: Vienna International Airport, Schwechat, Vienna.
Lauda Air’s fleet:
Boeing 737 Original (200), Classic(300,400), Next Generation (600,700,800)
Fokker F27 (1970s and 1980s)
BAC 1-11-500 (1970s and 1980s)
Lauda Air Executive:
1 Cessna Citation II
1 Bombardier Lear 60
1 Dassault Falcon 20 (These are available for private flights)
Here are some Lauda Air aircraft. I quite like their livery
Lauda Air only had one accident, and it was a big one. I’m sure you have heard about this:
On 26 May 1991, just before midnight, Lauda Air Flight 004 left Bankok for Vienna. There were 213 passengers and 10 crew on board. 6 minutes after takeoff, the pilots visual warning indicating that a possible system failure with the thrust reverser of engine No.1. They didn’t take action after consulting the handbook. 9 minutes later, the thrust reverser of engine No.1 suddenly deployed. The plane entered a diving left turn. It disintegrates while spiraling down into the jungle. everyone on board was killed.
In the end, RIP to Mr Lauda. He has been a legend.
Nice topic! Too bad he isn’t a NASCAR racer, or else I would have paid more attention.
There is one minor mistake: the original Lauda Air is completely different from the current airline: Laudamotion. They are two different airlines. Laudamotion also operates A321s.
I linked a Laudamotion livery I recreated using Med’s templates.