Lauda Air and Niki Lauda

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)
  • Boeing 767-300ER
  • Airbus A320-200
  • Fokker F27 (1970s and 1980s)
  • BAC 1-11-500 (1970s and 1980s)
  • Bombardier CRJ100

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


B767-3ER (This one crashed on May 26 1991)

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.

F1 is better than NASCAR 😤

Glad to see one of the greats being talked about here, and he will be missed.

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I did hear about this crash on Air disasters (I think)

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Oh you’re crossing the line!
jk, I love F1 too, I actually quite liked Niki Lauda, he combined two of my best interests: Planes and Race cars.


As a big F1 fan I’m devastated to hear this news. What he did for the F1 will never be repeated. RIP Niki

We miss you, Niki ❤️. He had 3 airlines: Lauda Air (also B777 in the fleet), then FlyNiki and then Laudamotion.


I have also made 2 feature requests, so you can vote if want to see them in IF:


I made a livery design just for this, hope y’all like it


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