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.

Frankfurt Airport to build LCC terminal
German airport operator Fraport AG has applied for a building permit to construct a new Pier G at Frankfurt Airport to accommodate the growing low-cost segment.
Airberlin A320
Airberlin delays 2Q financial results following bankruptcy filing
Airberlin will delay its 2Q results presentation, which had been expected Aug. 18, because of the German carrier’s bankruptcy filing earlier this week.
Gallery: Final flight of SWISS's Avro RJ100

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) retired its last Avro RJ100 with a special flight from Geneva to Zurich Aug. 15, after more than 15 years of service. The last of 21 SWISS Avros took off from Geneva and made its last official landing at Zurich airport. SWISS is replacing the Avros with Bombardier CSeries 100/300 aircraft.

Exclusive photos by ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann

SWISS's last Avro and the newest CS300.
SWISS phases out final Avro RJ100
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) phased out its last Avro RJ100 with a special flight from Geneva to Zurich Aug. 15.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin files for bankruptcy as Etihad stops funds 
German carrier airberlin, in which Etihad Airways has a 29.2% stake, filed for insolvency Aug. 15 after Etihad withdrew financial support.
Avianca Boeing 787-8
Avianca sees Latin American market improving 
Avianca Holdings chairman Germán Efromovich told ATW the Latin American aviation market is improving, despite localized problems.
Air Europa Airbus A330
Air Europa pilots ask to avoid layovers in Venezuela
Air Europa pilots, represented by the Spanish pilots trade union SEPLA, have requested layover alternatives on its 3X-weekly Madrid-Caracas services because of safety concerns.
Swiss Bombardier CS100 at London City Airport
SWISS to replace A319s with CSeries aircraft
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to replace its five remaining Airbus A319s with Bombardier CS100/300 aircraft in the spring of 2018, SWISS CSeries fleet chief Peter Koch told journalists in Zurich at the CS100 launch to London City Airport.
SWISS Bombardier CS100 at LCY
SWISS launches CS100 services to London City Airport
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) launched daily Bombardier CSeries services from Zurich to London City Airport (LCY) Aug. 8, becoming the first airline to serve LCY with the type.
Austrian Airlines Embraer E195 fleet
Austrian Airlines completes Embraer E195 deliveries
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines has taken delivery of its 17th and final Embraer E195 from Lufthansa’s former CityLine fleet, which is gradually replacing Austrian’s Fokker fleet.
Tarom Boeing 737-300
Romania’s Tarom issues RFP for three widebody leases
Romanian flag carrier Tarom has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to lease three widebody aircraft.
China Airlines A350-900
China Airlines upgrades aircraft on North American routes
Taiwan’s China Airlines has introduced the Airbus A350 XWB on the Taipei Taoyuan-Vancouver, Canada route from Aug. 1.
Brussels Airlines A330
CEO: Brussels Airlines brand to stay for now
Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines, which will be integrated into the group’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Eurowings, will keep its brand for the time being.
JetBlue A320
Airberlin, JetBlue to partner on US flights
Germany’s airberlin and New York-based low-cost carrier (LCC) JetBlue Airways have reached a cooperation agreement to offer connecting flights to 31 destinations in the US.
Germania subsidiary Bulgarian Eagle receives AOC
Germania Group’s new subsidiary, Bulgarian Eagle, has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Bulgaria’s aviation authorities.
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