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


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. In 1989 Lauda started its first long-haul flights from Viennamarker to Sydneymarker and Melbournemarker, via Bangkokmarker. In the 1990s it started to fly its Sydney and Melbourne flights via Kuala Lumpurmarker. Daily flights to Miamimarker via Munichmarker, to Dubaimarker and to Cuba followed.

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 .

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


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.





Incidents and accidents


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

Lauda Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Routes Notes
Boeing 737-800 7 184 Short-Medium haul Owned by Austrian Airlines


  1. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 27 March-2 April 1991. 99.
  2. Airliner World January 2007
  3. Austrian Airlines (Lauda Air) Fleet

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