Ryanair—which agreed to take a 24.9% stake in Niki Lauda’s new Austrian carrier LaudaMotion—also sees the new airline as a test to see if the Airbus A320 would make sense one day for the all-Boeing Irish LCC. Ryanair has plans to grow ownership to 75% in LaudaMotion, which plans to officially launch operations March 25. “We have a clear separation of our brands, which [Ryanair CEO] Michael O’Leary would like to add to his portfolio,” Lauda told ATW. ...

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