Interesting beginning of year 2010 for me. I took flight from Frankfurt to Vienna on Air Niki earlier today. While waiting in the departure hall I overheard a mother explaining to her son that Niki in Air Niki stands for Niki as in Niki Lauda, the three times F1 world champion. Knowing that Niki Lauda flies the planes himself I wondered what are the odds to actually end up on a plane piloted by the man himself. Well, quite good. Minutes later while making the usual pre-flight talk the flight attendant said: “Your captain today is Niki Lauda”. And so he was.
If you close up on the cockpit (this photo) you may spot the visor of Lauda’s cap .