Kurt Hofmann


Kurt Hofmann has been writing about the airline industry for nearly 15 years for a number of different media outlets in Europe. He appears frequently on Austrian television to discuss issues affecting commercial aviation. He joined ATW in 2004 and is a regular contributor to ATWOnline with a special focus on Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Condor Boeing 767-300ER
Condor demand drops 10% on European geopolitical climate
Germany-based leisure carrier Condor has been hit by shrinking demand, especially on flights to holiday destinations, related to recent terrorist attacks in Europe.
ANA’s 50th Dreamliner
Launch customer for Boeing 787 marks another milestone
Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 50th 787 Dreamliner during a ceremony Aug. 17 at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Washington state.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777.
Turkish Airlines posts 1H net loss of $644M
Turkish Airlines recorded a net loss of 1.894 million lira ($644 million) for the first half-year ended June 30, compared to a profit of 1.035 million lira for the same period a year ago.
Austrian Airlines launches Vienna-Isfahan services
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to launch 3X-weekly Vienna-Isfahan (Iran) services from Sept. 4 as part of a new bilateral air transport agreement between Austria and Iran.
Ethiopian’s second A350 XWB delivery
Ethiopian Airlines takes second A350 XWB
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the second of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs, which arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Aug 16.
SWISS ‘satisfied’ with first 30 days of CS100 operations
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) said the first 30 days of Bombardier CS100 commercial operations have gone according to plan, despite minor glitches.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings Europe to open Salzburg base in 2017
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe will open a base in Salzburg, Austria in January 2017, the airline’s second base after Vienna.
Screenshot of video showing Qatar engine on fire.
Qatar Airways A330 engine fire caused by bird strike
Qatar Airways has confirmed that a bird strike was cause of an Airbus A330-300 engine fire that forced the aircraft to return to Istanbul Atatürk Airport shortly after takeoff Aug. 18.
China Airlines 737-800
China Airlines leases six more Boeing 737-800s
Taiwan-based China Airlines will lease six additional Boeing 737-800s from BOC Aviation.
Taiwan’s TransAsia to absorb LCC subsidiary V Air
TransAsia Airways’ low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary V Air will suspend all services from Oct. 1, the airline announced Aug. 9.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin deepens 2Q losses on geopolitical climate in Europe
Germany-based airberlin has reported an €89.1 million ($99 million) net loss for the 2016 second quarter, widened from a €37.5 million loss in 2Q 2015.
Air France 777-200
Air France to increase West Africa flights
Air France will begin 3X-weekly Paris Charles de Gaulle-Accra (Ghana, West Africa) services on Feb. 28, 2017.
Lufthansa Cargo 777F
Lufthansa Cargo takes over time:matters Group
Germany’s Lufthansa Cargo has taken over complete ownership of time:matters Group, a company specializing in global same-day delivery and time-critical international spare part logistics.
Austrian Airlines to launch first US West Coast flights 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will evaluate 6X-weekly Vienna-Los Angeles services from 2017, which would become Austrian's first route to the US West Coast.
Airberlin to introduce business class on European routes
Airberlin and its Austria-based subsidiary FlyNiki will introduce business class on German domestic and European flights this year.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 24, 2016

Would airliners be safer without pilots? No, says NTSB chairman

Christopher Hart argues that 'human pilots are still crucial'...More
Aug 18, 2016

The significance of United’s CFO selection

Oscar Munoz is not afraid of bringing ULCC attributes into United’s business....More
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