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.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777 freighter.
Ethiopian Airlines adding four routes in three days
Ethiopian Airlines is adding four new destinations March 26-28, according to the Addis Ababa-based carrier.
A Lufthansa Technik employee checks an engine.
Lufthansa Technik expands Asia-Pacific MRO
Based on continual growth in narrowbody aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, Hamburg-based maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Lufthansa Technik Group plans to launch an additional MRO facility in Kuala Lumpur focused on those aircraft.
Air India to expand domestic air services with ATR 72s 
Air India plans to use its fully owned regional Alliance Air to increase connections between regional airports within India.
SWISS to begin CS100 operations from Geneva
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is set to renew its Geneva-based aircraft allocation from Airbus A320s to an all-Bombardier CSeries 100/300 fleet.
Emirates to end use of 747 freighters, citing weak cargo demand 
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight arm of Dubai-based Emirates Airline, will return two Boeing 747-400ER freighters leased from ASL Airlines Belgium in June, ending the use of 747 freighters in its fleet, Emirates president Tim Clark told ATW.
Lufthansa Technik 2016 profit down 9.5%
Hamburg-based MRO provider Lufthansa Technik Group (LHT) reported a 2016 adjusted EBIT profit of €411.3 million ($431.9 million), down 9.5% from €454.4 million in 2015.
Photo Gallery: An exclusive look on board Asiana's Airbus A380

South Korea's Asiana Airlines, which operates a fleet of six Airbus A380-800s, began service from Seoul Incheon to Frankfurt, Germany on March 5. ATW correspondent  Kurt Hofmann flew on 10 hour, 17 minute flight, giving an exclusive look at the aircraft interior. Asiana also flies the double-decker aircraft to Los Angeles, New York JFK and Hong Kong.

Thai Airways A350 XWB
Thai Airways to receive four A350 XWBs this year 
Thai Airways International expects to take four more Airbus A350 XWBs this year, increasing the number of deliveries to six.
Asiana Airlines prepares for first A350 XWB delivery in April 
South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines is getting ready to take delivery of its first of 22 Airbus A350-900s in April, and recently received an A350 simulator to begin flight crew training.
Lufthansa A340-600
Lufthansa, Air Astana to codeshare
Lufthansa has signed a codeshare agreement with Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana, beginning March 26, as the German carrier expands its strategy by cooperating with non-Star Alliance members.
Lufthansa A320s
Lufthansa, VC pilot union reach agreement
Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings have reached a deal with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union (VC) on all collective bargaining agreements concerning wages, productivity, transitional payments and pensions, in a contract that runs through June 2022.
Oman Air reacts to overcapacity, begins Lufthansa codeshare 
Gulf carrier Oman Air and Germany’s Lufthansa will begin codesharing from March 26, on the Omani national carrier’s daily Muscat-Frankfurt and Muscat-Munich services.
Berlin Tegel airport
Berlin airports cancel 90% of flights on Tuesday
Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports have canceled hundreds of scheduled flights from March 13-15 because of an ongoing ground staff strike over wages.
Turkish CEO Bilal Eksi
Turkish Airlines posts $77 million net loss for 2016
Turkish Airlines reported a 2016 net loss of $77 million, reversed from a net profit of $1.7 billion for the previous year.
Emirates still mulling premium-economy class 
Emirates Airline, which is considering introducing a premium-economy class, wants to be “absolutely sure it is the way to go,” Emirates president Tim Clark told ATW in Berlin.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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