Austria's Niki receives first Embraer 190

By David Kaminski-Morrow

Austrian budget airline Niki has taken delivery, in Brazil, of its first Embraer 190 regional jet.

The carrier's founder, former Grand Prix racing driver Niki Lauda, accepted the twin-engined aircraft at a ceremony in Sao Jose dos Campos, Embraer's headquarters.

Niki ordered five of the type last year under an agreement which also includes five options. The carrier plans to use the jets on routes from Vienna and Innsbruck to destinations within Europe.

Niki Lauda
© Embraer

Lauda says the type "fits perfectly" into the airline's development plans: "It is ideal for the establishment of new routes, as it keeps the start-up costs low and offers passengers the familiar comfort of a medium-haul jet."

Niki Embraer 190
© Embraer

Niki was set up six years ago and the airline operates to such cities as Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Moscow and Stockholm.

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