Airline Review: Niki (regional Economy)

Even though Niki (HG) is mentioned as a low-cost carrier at times, the airline does a fairly well job in my opinion. There were few airline reviews that I was looking forward to writing like this one. With good catering, a nice little airplane and very good staff, Niki made our “ride” very comfortable. A funny note: We like Niki more than its way bigger sister Air Berlin.

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When flying from Vienna to Berlin, we expected to get another Air Berlin jet as we booked via the airline itself. Lucky as we are, we had the pleasure to fly with Air Berlin’s subsidiary Niki instead.

  • Airplane: Embraer 190
  • Cabin Class: Economy
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Snack (Sandwich)
  • Seat Pitch: 30 Inch (76 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 18 Inch (46 Centimeter)

The Austrian airline, named after the famous Formula 1 pilot Niki Lauda, is way smaller than Air Berlin and only operates some dozen routes from Austrian airports. Yet, we really liked the board product that was slightly better than the Air Berlin one.

Good looking leather seats

This airline review features the Embraer 190 jet that is still operated by Niki at this point.

In my opinion, it pretty much looks like a private jet as the Embraer 190 is a small airplane with a 2-2 arrangement. The leather seats that are grey look very stylish and make you feel like flying Business Class (especially when seated in the front row).

The seat pitch is not too big

The seat pitch is not really good

Yet, you’ll see the difference to a private jet when it comes to the seat pitch which is fairly small with just 30 Inch (76 Centimeter). The seat width is okay, but nothing special at all. However, the seats are comfortable and clean.

Tasty sandwich and free drinks

Even though mentioned as a low-cost carrier at times, I have to admit that Niki is anything but that in my opinion.

The sandwich offered tasted very good

The sandwich offered tasted very good

The catering consists of a free sandwich (ham or cheese) and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Considering the short flight time, this type of catering was very good for Economy Class.

You may choose as many drinks as you want to

You may choose as many non-alcoholic drinks as you want to

In my opinion, it was even better than the catering of Luxair (minus the champagne). Something I also need to stress in this airline review is the fact that you are able to choose as many drinks as you want (regardless of your frequent traveler status).

Solid entertainment with newspapers

Entertainment is a point that is of little importance on regional flights. Most passengers either bring a book, a laptop, a tablet or just don’t need any entertainment.

Newspapers are available when flying Niki

Newspapers are available when flying Niki

Yet, it is good to know that Niki offers a very solid entertainment on board. When boarding, you have the chance to choose one of many national and at times also a few international newspapers (something Air Berlin does not offer on non-domestic flights).

There is also a magazine available

There is also a magazine available

Also, you may check out one of the entertainment channels that you can use with your own headphones.

Great value for the money when flying Niki

I’m nobody who expects much of a regional flight. Due to that, the experience onboard the Niki Embraer 190 was a very pleasant one. Solid seating, a good entertainment and very tasty food. Moreover, all flight attendants did not only act professional, but were very friendly.

The flight in the Niki Embraer 190 was very pleasant overall

The flight in the Niki Embraer 190 was very pleasant overall

Considering that the prices of Niki usually are well below the ones of the competitor Austrian Airlines, I’d definitely recommend flying with Niki if you got the chance to!

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5 Comments on “Airline Review: Niki (regional Economy)”

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  4. NIKI is a reliable airline. However , on my recent flight with them from Malaga to Vienna NIKI did not offer any food or drink free of charge. Not even water!!!! Only available for 3,- Euros no thanks.
    I find it questionable to falsely advertise free snacks and beverages, when this is no longer the case.

    • Hey Christine, free snacks and drinks at Niki are long gone. airberlin, along with Niki, changed that policy in 2016. It’s kind of sad, but that’s how reality is nowadays 🙁

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