Category Archives: Laudamotion

Lauda Europe (Malta) launches operations

Lauda (Europe) (Malta) Airbus A320-232 9H-LMG (msn 4603) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951372.

Laudamotion (Vienna), as planned, has evolved into Lauda Europe based in Malta.

In July 2020, Ryanair announced Laudamotion GmbH would cease operations at the end of 2020, with the fleet being transferred to Lauda Europe. The new Malta-based Lauda Europe is the second Ryanair group airline based in Malta, alongside Malta Air.

Lauda Europe (LW) (Malta) launched operations on September 13, 2020 with flights from several Austrian and German airports to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Ryanair Holdings’ new Maltese subsidiary replaces Lauda (Vienna), which is slated
for closure. Lauda Europe will take over the operation of Airbus A320-200s from Lauda and will exclusively operate the aircraft as a technical wet-lease operator under Ryanair’s “FR” code.
At least five Airbus A320s previously registered in Austria have been changed to Maltese registrations.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.
Top Copyright Photo: Lauda (Europe) (Malta) Airbus A320-232 9H-LMG (msn 4603) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951372.

Lauda to close the Vienna base on May 29

Lauda (Laudamotion) has announced it will close the Vienna base on May 29 after failing to reach an agreement with its union for a new (lower) contract. 300 jobs will be lost.

Ryanair will back fill the Lauda routes from Vienna.

Lauda bases:

Vienna – 86 destinations

Stuttgart – 27 destinations

Dusseldorf – 19 destinations

Palma de Mallorca – 13 destinations

Lauda aircraft photo gallery:

Reuters: Ryanair plans to replace Lauda’s Airbus jets with Boeing

Lauda - Airbus A320-232 OE-IBJ (msn 3259) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946729.

From Reuters:

“Ryanair plans to cancel all Airbus deliveries of Airbus jets planned for its subsidiary Lauda, and expects to replace them with ones from Boeing, its chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday.

“We have aircraft that are due to be delivered over the next 12 months and we will cancel almost all of those deliveries,” which are from leasing companies, O’Leary told Reuters in an interview.

“I think Lauda will have a fleet of about 30 Airbus aircraft – we would probably replace those Airbus with Boeing over the next couple of years,” he said, on condition that Ryanair reach “an acceptable outcome” in talks with Boeing over compensation for delays to deliveries of the 737 MAX.”

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – Airbus A320-232 OE-IBJ (msn 3259) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946729.

Lauda aircraft slide show:

Lauda to add four Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the Vienna base and 17 new routes for summer 2020

Lauda (LaudaMotion) has made this announcement:

Lauda has announced it will base an additional four aircraft (16 in total) at its Vienna base, as part of its biggest ever Summer 2020 schedule.

In summer 2020, Lauda will launch 17 new routes (67 routes in total) to/from Vienna.

The new routes include new service to Milan, Brindisi, Palermo and Greece.

The Lauda fleet in Vienna, which this winter is 12 aircraft (all Airbus A320s), will grow to 16 aircraft with the addition of 4 Boeing 737-800 aircraft for summer 2020.

Lauda’s fleet of Airbus A320s will increase from 22 to over 33 aircraft in summer 2020, but most of these additional aircraft will be allocated to Lauda’s growing bases in Germany and in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) where the Lauda fleet will double from 4 to 10 aircraft for summer 2020.

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)

Read more from the BBC: CLICK HERE

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.

Top Photo: Waerfelu.


Laudamotion introduces new crew uniforms, will go by Lauda

Delivered on February 8, 2019

Laudamotion has introduced new uniforms for its crew members. As its new livery reflects, the carrier will officially shorten its name to Lauda.

The carrier is also expanding, especially between Germany and Palma de Mallorca in coordination with Ryanair.

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – Airbus A320-232 OE-IHL (msn 3105) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945746.

Lauda aircraft slide show:


Ryanair takes full control of Laudamotion

Ex PK-GLH, delivered on December 19, 2018

Ryanair and Laudamotion have made this announcement:


Laudamotion on January 29, 2019 confirmed that Ryanair has completed the purchase of 100% shareholding in Laudamotion GmbH from NL Holdings in late December.

Laudamotion now becomes a 100% subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings Plc, the Group which owns Europe’s largest airline.

With the support of Ryanair Holdings, Laudamotion has also announced a series of exciting growth initiatives, which includes:

  • Increasing Lauda’s fleet to 25 aircraft in summer 2019 (from 19 in S2018). Lauda has announced that it has signed LOI agreements with a number of lessors which will increase its Summer 2020 fleet to 30 – all Airbus – aircraft, which will allow Lauda to grow its traffic from 4 million guests in year 1 to 6 million guests in year 2 (FY March 2020) to 7.5m guests in FY March 2021.
  • This summer, Laudamotion will operate 4 bases as it grows in Vienna from 4 to 8 aircraft, Dusseldorf 7 aircraft, Stuttgart 3 aircraft, and Palma de Mallorca 2 aircraft. In winter 2019, the Vienna base will increase further to 11 aircraft, making Laudamotion Vienna’s No.2 airline, just behind Austrian Airlines. Laudamotion is releasing the first part of its winter 2019 flight schedules, offering passengers lower fares and more frequencies, from Vienna in particular. Details of up to 20 new routes from Vienna, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, and Palma de Mallorca, will be announced in the next month or two once airport and handling negotiations have been successfully completed.
  • Laudamotion also announced details of up to 400 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers across its 4 bases. It also unveiled details of its new Head Office (at Concorde Business Park), which it will move into in March 2019, and released details of a 250,000 seat sale with fares starting from €19.99 one way for travel in Feb, Mar, Apr and May from Vienna, Stuttgart, and Dusseldorf bases.


Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Lauda – Airbus A320-214 OE-LOA (msn 3147) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945376.

Laudamotion aircraft slide show:


Laudamotion officially unveils its new Airbus A320 and livery

First Lauda aircraft in the new identity

Laudamotion is celebrating a new era. On November 22, 2018 the pictured ex-Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-232 (OE-LOB, msn 2928, ex TC-JPC) was officially welcomed at Palma de Mallorca with a traditional water cannon salute on its first revenue flight.

The aircraft also displays the new livery which now emphasizes (again) the Lauda name.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Lauda – Airbus A320-232 OE-LOB (msn 2928) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 944558.

Laudamotion aircraft slide show:


Ryanair reports its first half profit dropped 7%

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-FIZ (msn 44709) (Vitoria - The Basque Connection) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943423.

Ryanair on October 22 reported a 7% fall in H1 profits to €1.20 billion (excluding Laudamotion losses).  Average fares declined 3% due to excess capacity in Europe, an earlier Easter in Q1, repeated ATC strikes/staff shortages which caused a spike in cancellations of higher fare, weekend flights.  Higher fuel, staff and EU261 costs have offset strong ancillary revenue growth.

H1 Results (IFRS)* Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2018 % Change
Guests 72.1m 76.6m +6%
Revenue €4.43bn €4.79bn +8%
PAT €1.29bn €1.20bn -7%
Net Margin 29% 25% -4pts

* excl. €45m exceptional H1 FY19 Laudamotion loss

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“As recently guided, H1 average fares fell by 3%.  While ancillary revenues performed strongly, up 27%, these were offset by higher fuel, staff and EU261 costs. Our traffic, which was repeatedly impacted by the worst summer of ATC disruptions on record, grew 6% at an unchanged 96% load factor.

H1 highlights include:

– Traffic grew 6% to 76.6m (LF 96%)

– Fare fell 3% to under €46

– Ancillary revenue rose 27% to €1.3bn

– Agreements signed with Irish, UK, Italian, Portuguese (pilots) & German (cabin crew) unions

– Laudamotion holding increased to 75%

– 23 new B737s delivered

– €540m returned to shareholders via buybacks

New Routes and Growth:


We took delivery of 23 new Boeing 737-800s in H1 (bringing the fleet to 450) and launched over 100 new S.18 routes.  We have trimmed winter capacity by 1% (including base closures in Eindhoven and Bremen) in response to weaker fares and higher oil prices. We expect FY19 traffic will grow to 141m (incl. 3m Laudamotion).  As we look beyond this winter, we have announced new S.19 bases in Bordeaux, Marseille, London Southend and increased capacity in Luton.  We plan to operate over 100 new routes in S.19.

With spot fuel reaching $85bbl, rising interest rates and the stronger US dollar, airline margins are under pressure and it is inevitable that more of the weaker, unhedged, European airlines will fold this winter.  In recent weeks Skyworks (Switz.), VLM (Bel.), Small Planet & Azur Air (Ger.), Cobalt (Cyprus) and Primera Air (Stansted & Scandinavia) collapsed.  At the same time, many larger airlines are closing bases and cutting routes to minimise winter losses.  We expect more failures this winter and we cannot rule out further capacity cuts or base closures in Ryanair if oil prices rise or air fares fall further. Over the medium term, this consolidation will create growth opportunities for Ryanair’s lowest fare/lowest cost model.


In August, we increased our holding in Laudamotion to 75%.  Despite a very difficult first summer, Laudamotion will carry almost 3m guests this year but will lose approximately €150m in start-up Year 1 exceptional costs.  We are working closely with the Laudamotion team who recently launched their S.19 schedule which will see them grow their fleet to 23 aircraft (including 19 A320’s).  Laudamotion have reached agreement to return 9 expensive lease aircraft to Lufthansa this winter and will replace those with lower cost, longer term, operating lease aircraft, which are readily available at competitive terms as more Airbus operators fail.  We are assisting them to improve cost control, fuel hedging and fleet management which will deliver significantly higher revenues and much lower costs next year as the airline moves towards break-even in its 2nd year of operation.


Our investment in Labs continues to deliver strong ancillary revenue growth.  In H1 ancillaries increased by 27% to €1.3bn and drove an 8% increase in total revenue to €4.8bn.  Key drivers of this growth were improved conversion of priority boarding and reserved seating.  Membership of “MyRyanair” has increased to 50m members and the Ryanair digital platform now welcomes over 1bn visits p.a.  A major upgrade of our digital platform is underway (website, app & 3rd party ancillary product plug-in) which will facilitate improved personalisation and capacity for traffic growth to 200m p.a. as we rollout relevant ancillary products which fit to each individual customer’s profile and buying patterns.

Cost Leadership:

No other EU airline can match, or come close to, Ryanair’s lowest unit costs and this cost gap is widening.  Airports across Europe are incentivising Ryanair’s reliable traffic growth. As others fail, these incentives are improving. Thanks to our balance sheet strength, our fuel is better hedged than most European competitors with 90% of our 12 month needs (to end Sept. 2019) hedged at approx. $68bbl, well below current spot prices of close to $85bbl.  FY19 is a year of investment in our people, our systems and our business as we prepare to grow to 200m guests p.a. In H1 ex-fuel unit costs increased by 7%. This includes 20% pay increases for pilots, investment in engineering headcount, pilot/cabin crew training costs and, regrettably, elevated EU261 costs arising from repeated ATC strikes/disruptions. Next spring, we take delivery of our first B737-MAX-200 “gamechanger” aircraft.  These planes have 4% more seats, yet are 16% more fuel efficient, have 40% lower noise emissions, are hedged at an average €/$ rate of $1.24 (for 210 aircraft out to FY24) and they will drive continuous unit cost reductions over the next 6 years.

ATC Strikes/Staff Shortages:

Repeated ATC strikes/staff shortages means that 2018 will be the worst year on record for European ATC disruptions. These have caused widespread damage to airline punctuality and schedules.  Ryanair’s H1 on-time fell to 75% from 86% (prior year), with all of this 11% decline due to ATC strikes and ATC staff shortages.  We’ve invested heavily to ensure that everything we control is delivering on-time departures.  We have changed our handling provider at Stansted to ensure that we receive dedicated passenger and aircraft handling, and eliminate the short staffing we suffered at times in Stansted this summer. Ryanair and other airlines have initiated legal action against the French Government to keep Europe’s skies open during French ATC disruptions.  A4E (Airlines for Europe) and Ryanair are also campaigning for the European Commission to take control of the EU air space so that overflights are not disrupted during national ATC strikes.  This does not alter or constrain any individual’s “right to strike” but tries to confine the impact of these ATC strikes to the actual country where the strike occurs.  We continue to call for urgent action from the EC to reduce ATC disruptions in S.19.

Union Progress:

Since Ryanair agreed to recognise unions in December 2017, we’ve made good progress with our union negotiations in major markets including agreements with pilot and cabin crew unions in Ireland, Italy, the UK, Germany (cabin crew) and last week an agreement with our Portuguese pilots.  We continue to engage with unions in our other major markets.  Progress has been slower in other markets such as Spain & Portugal (cabin crew) and Germany (pilots) where competitor employees have interfered to delay agreements with our people and their unions.  While we suffered a small number (just 8 days) of limited strikes this summer, we worked well to minimise disruptions to our customers by operating over 90% of our schedules on each of these days, thanks in large measure to the efforts of the majority of pilots and cabin crew who did not support these disruptions and worked normally.  Ryanair has shown over the past 10 months that we can, and will, work with unions to reach fair and reasonable agreements for our people while retaining our competitiveness and efficiency.  We can also manage strikes, although we do our utmost to avoid them. We will continue to negotiate and conclude union agreements over this winter.  While we hope to finalise more union agreements in the coming months, we cannot rule out occasional industrial action, but we expect their impact to be very limited.


The risk of a hard (“no-deal”) Brexit in March 2019 is rising.  While we hope that a 21-month transition agreement from March 2019 to December 2020 will be implemented (and extended), we remain concerned that the time to complete such an agreement is shortening.  In the event of a hard Brexit our UK shareholders will be treated as non-EU.  In such an event the Board will restrict the voting rights of all non-EU shareholders (and confine them to selling shares only to EU nationals) to ensure that Ryanair remains majority owned and controlled by EU shareholders.  We have applied for a UK AOC to protect our 3 domestic UK routes and are on track to receive it before the end of 2018.

Guidance (excluding Laudamotion):

As updated on 1 October, FY19 PAT is guided in a range of €1.10bn to €1.20bn (excl. Laudamotion).  Following a 3% reduction in H1 fares, we expect fares to fall by c.2% in H2 due to weaker than expected forward fares in Q3 (particularly the October school mid-term and Christmas) and the absence of Easter in Q4.  A 1% reduction in winter capacity means that FY19 traffic will grow by 6% to 138m (141m incl. Laudamotion).  Our fuel bill will be approx. €460m higher than last year and “Other Costs” will be negatively impacted by higher EU261 costs.  Ancillaries continue to perform strongly although (as previously highlighted) the H2 figures will be adversely impacted by timing differences on the recognition of certain fees arising from the adoption of IFRS 15 (positive impact in H1).  This guidance excludes (exceptional) start-up losses in Laudamotion of approx. €150m (which are and will be consolidated in the Ryanair Group full year financial results).

This full year guidance remains heavily dependent on air fares not declining further (they remain soft this winter due to excess capacity in Europe), the impact of significantly higher oil prices on our unhedged exposures, the absence of unforeseen security events, ATC and other strikes and the impact of negative Brexit developments. We cannot rule out further base closures or capacity cuts this winter if oil prices rise or air fares fall further. Winter trading may be positively impacted by the rate and timing of other airline failures which is already creating a ready supply of well trained pilots and cabin crew for S.19 growth.”

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-FIZ (msn 44709) (Vitoria – The Basque Connection) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943423.

Ryanair aircraft slide show:


Laudamotion introduces its new livery, fleet will expand to 18 aircraft

Laudamotion (Vienna) is introducing its own livery that will gradually replace the former Airberlin markings on its aircraft.

The new livery places the emphasis on just “Lauda” rather than Laudamotion.

Ryanair released this statement and photo:

Laudamotion on August 29, 2018 announced that it would double its Airbus fleet from 9 to 18 aircraft in Summer 2019 following the completion of Ryanair’s purchase of 75% shareholding in Laudamotion GmbH from Niki Lauda in August.

Laudamotion also announced a series of initiatives to support Laudamotion’s continued growth, which include:

– Confirmed delivery dates for 9 additional Airbus A320 aircraft for Summer 2019

– A new aircraft livery which reflects Laudamotion’s Austrian heritage

– New Vienna offices to accommodate more, high paid, high quality jobs

– Pilot pay increases and basic pay guarantees

Guaranteed Captain starting basic pay of €90,000 p.a., (higher than Wizz €56k, Level €72k and Eurowings €78k)
Up to €180,000 total Capt pay p.a. including flight pay/allowances
Guaranteed First Officer starting basic pay of €46,000k p.a., (higher than Wizz €26k, Level €38k and Eurowings €44k)
Up to €70k total First Officer pay p.a. including flight pay

– Roll out of a stable winter roster 5 days on, 3 days off (a bank holiday every weekend)

Image: Laudamotion.