Airline founder and Formula One champion Niki Lauda, passes away at 70

Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda (February 22, 1949 – May 20, 2019) was an Austrian Formula One race car driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and an aviation entrepreneur. Niki Lauda passed away at age 70.

In the aviation part of his life, Niki was involved with the following airlines:

Lauda Air (1985 – 2013)

Niki (2003 – 2017)

Laudamotion (Lauda) (2018 – current)

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Ryanair issued this salute:

Niki Lauda will remain in our heart and our memory as a visionary leader, a legend of Formula 1 and an aviation pioneer. Niki was an exceptional entrepreneur whose courage and fighting spirit inspired millions. While we are devastated at his untimely passing, his spirit and vision will live on in Laudamotion, which proudly carries his name and his entrepreneurial spirit. It’s a sad day for Formula 1 and Laudamotion. Niki’s spirit and his legacy will live on forever. Niki and his family are all in our thoughts and prayers today. May he rest in peace.

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