Austrian low-fare airline Niki in late November converted purchase rights into firm orders for another two Embraer E190s, deliveries of which the companies have scheduled for the first half of next year. A firm order for five airplanes announced during the Farnborough Airshow in July 2008 included purchase rights on another five jets–either E190s or E195s. The conversion of two purchase rights on two E190s raises the number of airplanes on firm order to seven, the first two of which went to the Vienna-based carrier last May and June. It expects to accept delivery of the balance of the initial order later this year.
Configured in a high-density, 112-seat cabin layout, the E190s fly alongside 150- to 212-seat Airbus A320-series narrow-bodies, making Niki the first European airline to integrate the Brazilian jets with conventional mainline models.
Majority owned by former Grand Prix race car driver Niki Lauda, Niki flies in cooperation with Air Berlin and Russia’s S7 Airlines.