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.

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER damaged by fire in Nigeria
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER has been damaged by a fire at Kano Aminu International Airport (KAN) in Nigeria as it was being refueled, Turkish spokesperson Ali Genc confirmed to ATW in Istanbul.
Austrian Airlines to launch domestic flights for Swiss from Nov. 1
Austrian Airlines, which has taken delivery of the first of four additional Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, will launch 4X-daily domestic Zurich-Lugano services on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines from Nov. 1.
Flydubai aircraft on the new runway at Dubai International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airport upgrades facilities; Dubai Airport resumes full operations
Abu Dhabi International Airport has upgraded its facilities in time for summer operations.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 100
Austrian Airlines eyes long-haul leisure routes
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is considering launching long-haul leisure routes to avoid overcapacity of its fleet of 11 long-haul aircraft during the winter season.
Bangkok Airways A319
Bangkok Airways to expand Airbus fleet 
Bangkok Airways plans to expand its Airbus fleet as the carrier eyes more international destinations.
Austrian Airlines adds four additional Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will lease four Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, to begin regional flights for Swiss International Air Lines, which had been operated by Darwin Airline.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa eyes North Atlantic destinations 
Lufthansa will launch Boeing 747-8I services from Frankfurt to New York JFK during the summer season.
Germanwings Airbus A319
Lufthansa to expand low-cost model for intercontinental services 
Lufthansa is considering establishing new low-cost carriers (LCCs) for intercontinental and European air services as it looks for ways to increase profitability.
Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F
Lufthansa reduces 2014 ASK growth by more than 50% 1
Lufthansa Passenger Airlines will reduce its 2014 ASK growth by more than 50% and will remove five aircraft from its European network and three from intercontinental routes in the 2014/15 winter timetable period.
Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900
Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines delay privatization plans
Slovenia-based Adria Airways and Croatia flag carrier Croatia Airlines have decided to freeze plans for privatization this summer.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa is committed to 261 aircraft orders 
Lufthansa remains committed to its 261 aircraft orders, valued at €31 billion ($42.4 billion), even though in June the German flag carrier reduced its earnings forecast for the year.
Ukraine International Airlines eyes Beijing services
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which launched daily Kiev Boryspil-New York JFK services in April, is planning to extend its long-haul services to Beijing.
Condor, Sun Country Airlines expand cooperation
Germany-based leisure airline Condor has inked an interline agreement with Sun Country Airlines to add new US services from the summer season of 2015.
Turkish Airlines to launch new services to Algeria
Turkish Airlines will launch services to Algeria July 31 on the 2X-weekly Istanbul-Tlemcen-Batna-Istanbul route.
Turkish Airlines opens new MRO center in Istanbul
Turkish Airlines has opened a new, state-of-the-art MRO facility, HABOM, at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. HABOM represents an investment of about $550 million by Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Technic.

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