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.

Finnair Airbus A350-900
Finnair expands US services
Finnair will launch 3X-weekly Helsinki (HEL)-Los Angeles (LAX) services from March 31, 2019.
Saudia Boeing 787-9
Saudia, Middle East Airlines expand codeshare
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines (MEA) have expanded an existing bilateral codeshare agreement, which became effective Aug. 15.
Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800
Royal Air Maroc, pilot union reach agreement to end dispute
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) reportedly reached an agreement with the National Trade Union of Moroccan Pilots (AMPL) Aug. 14, ending a four-week dispute that caused 150 flight delays and cancellations during the peak holiday season.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air to expand Israel operations
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air plans to expand operations to Israel, where it has been one of the first LCCs in the country.
SWISS Boeing 777-300ER
SWISS joins US TSA Pre-Check
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) to participate in the agency’s expedited screening program, Pre-Check.
Lufthansa Cargo set to start marketing Brussels Airlines’ cargo space
Lufthansa Cargo will begin marketing the cargo capacities of Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines from Sept. 1, joining Lufthansa (mainline), Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Sun Express.
AirBaltic Boeing 737-500
AirBaltic announces summer 2019 destinations
Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has announced its first destinations for the 2019 summer season, which starts at the end of March.
Budweis International Airport
New Czech Republic airport targets 2020 opening 
The New Budweis International Airport, located in the South Bohemian region in the Czech Republic, is eyeing a 2020 opening with plans to begin scheduled flights from May 2020.
Emirates Airline to codeshare with Italy train operator
Emirates Airline plans to codeshare with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, which plans to add 27 train stations to the Dubai-based carrier’s network.
Abu Dhabi Airports names new CEO as AUH expansion plans ramp up
Abu Dhabi Airports has appointed Bryan Thompson as CEO as the company continues to implement a multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which is designed to increase overall capacity.
Austrian Airlines’ new livery
CCO: Austrian to raise summer 2019 capacity as LCC competition grows 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to increase capacity in summer 2019 to protect its market share as LCC competition intensifies.
Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300
Turkish Airlines swings to profit in 1H on revenue gains 
Turkish Airlines reported strong 2018 first-half profits Aug. 9, citing increasing demand and unit revenues, despite increasing fuel prices.
Adria Airways opens German base at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Slovenia’s Adria Airways plans to open a base at German’s Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport from winter 2018-19.
Norwegian wet leases Hi Fly A380 for London-NY route
Low-cost, long-haul carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is operating a single Airbus A380 from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly through Aug. 23 on its London Gatwick-New York JFK services to fill in for temporarily out-of-service Boeing 787s as they undergo Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine inspections.
EasyJet expands Switzerland operations
UK-based easyJet plans to further expand its Switzerland operations by adding new services, including up to 3X-weekly Basel-Warsaw (Poland) and 4X-weekly Geneva-Warsaw flights beginning Oct 28.
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Aug 21, 2018

Why US Senate should not add flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill

The US lawmaking system depends on the to-and-fro of amendment additions. But Section 530, a provision hitched to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, should it become law, is a particularly egregious proposal that has grave implications for the 120 US Open Skies agreements....More
Aug 14, 2018

Could surprises be the next revenue generator?

Airlines are constantly looking for positive, rather than punitive, ways of growing their revenue. Could mystery flights and celebration treats be part of the answer?...More
Aug 11, 2018

Extraordinary professionalism of Seattle air traffic controllers

There are lots of questions to be answered about Friday night’s bizarre incident in Seattle when a Horizon Air employee stole and crashed a Q400, but for now let’s acknowledge the incredible job done by the Air National Guard pilots and the air traffic controllers who handled the situation....More

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