Austrian Airlines subsidiary Lauda Air wants to base up to four 737s or A320s in the US for the coming winter season and is in talks with US tour operators, MD Thomas Suritsch told ATWOnline. The aircraft will operate from November until April on routes between the US and Caribbean. Lauda will base its own maintenance staff in the US. Although plans call for the aircraft to be dry-leased to tour operators, the airline is exploring the possibility of a wet-lease deal subject to FAA approval.

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