Save with a Budget Austrian Airline Niki
Niki is a low-cost Austrian Airline operating from Vienna International Airport. It offers flights to Europe and North Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Caribbean. The airline got its start in 2003 when Grand Prix veteran Niki Lauda acquired Aero Lloyd Austria. Niki began operations in November 2003.
In 2004, a cooperative partnership with Air Berlin was announced and by 2011 a merger with Air Berlin would come to pass. This would mean sharing operations, booking systems as well as aircraft with Air Berlin. In 2012, the airline became affiliated to Oneworld. This alliance means that where the airline doesn't travel to a chosen destination, the journey may be completed with one of the Oneworld partner airlines. In 2015m, its fleet was replaced with Airbus A319-100s from Air Berlin. In 2016 Air Berlin sold its 49 percent stake in the airline to Etihad Airways which merged with the airline, forming a partnership with TUIfly. At present, the company offers flights on Airbus A321 and is still partnered with Air Berlin.
Flying with Niki
There are 212 seats available on each Niki flight and the airline offers both Business and Economy classes. Passengers can book the Air Berlin Business Class on short, medium and long-haul routes. On indirect flights there may only be Economy Class seats available, however, passengers will still qualify for Business class benefits. First Class passengers qualify for benefits like Platinum Top Bonus which allows unlimited access to Oneworld First Class Lounges. Passengers can choose from Economy Flex, Business Flex or Fly Flex packages. Domestic German or flights to Europe and North Africa are relatively short and quite pleasant. Long haul flights include those to Europe and Russia to the east of the Urals, Asia, the Americas and Caribbean. The airline offers full service and cold meals and refreshments. The Oneworld alliance offers passengers three Topbonus status levels, which grant benefits from frequent flyer miles to priority status and special lounges.
Check-in: Passengers on Niki flights can check-in at the airport and online. Passengers can use the online check-in service up to 30 hours before departure. Online check-in for flights to the United States or Cuba is open 24 hours before departure. Passengers can check-in up to three hours prior to departure. Online check in is also available for connecting flights- if the first part of the journey or more is operated by Air Berlin. Airport check-in is available for e-ticket holders but to save time, the online check-in facility allows passengers to print the boarding pass, or download it to their phone or laptop.
- Baggage includes checked baggage.
Free baggage allowance depends on class and fare booked. Individual items may not exceed 23 kg for Economy passengers or 32 kg for Business Class.
One item of hand baggage not exceeding 8 kg may be taken into the cabin. The maximum dimension of any piece are 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm. Passengers may also bring a laptop case or lady's handbag, purse or gentlemen's handbag on-board.