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.

Korean Air takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-8I
Korean Air has taken delivery of the first of 10 747-8 Intercontinentals it has on order.
Lufthansa: To take delivery of first A320neo end 2015 
Lufthansa Group will take delivery of its first Airbus A320neo towards the end of 2015 and not in early 2016 as previously anticipated, an airline spokesperson in Frankfurt has confirmed to ATW.
Vienna Airport bids to increase stake in Malta Airport 
Vienna Flughafen Wien Airport has made an offer to acquire SNC Lavalin’s stake in Malta International Airport and increase its holding by a further 15.5%, which would increase its stake from 33% to 48%.
Berlin Brandenburg opening “still on track” despite bankruptcy setback
Plans to open the much-delayed and controversial Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) in Germany remain on schedule for the second half of 2017 despite the bankruptcy of its construction company, Imtech Deutschland, officials said.
Mueller: Restructured Malaysia Airlines will be a full-service startup 
A completely-restructured airline will emerge Sept. 1 from the tragedy-struck Malaysia Airlines and will essentially take the form of a startup, new CEO Christoph Mueller said in an exclusive interview with ATW.
Etihad Airways offers some secondment pilots permanent contracts
Etihad Airways is offering pilots seconded from its partner airlines the opportunity to transfer to permanent contracts. The pilot secondment program is part of Etihad´s strategy for international expansion, the carrier said in a statement.
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TUI Group disposes remaining airberlin shares
German tour-operator TUI Group has disposed of its remaining shares in Germany’s second largest carrier and oneworld member airberlin.
Ankara will become third Turkish Airlines hub
Rapidly growing Turkish Airlines is developing the nation’s capital airport Ankara Esenboğa International Airport (ESB) into its third hub.
Fraport-led concession consortium closing may be delayed
A consortium led by Germany’s Fraport—which won a 40-year operating concession for 14 regional airports in Greece in 2014—may have to wait until next year to close the deal.
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CEO: SAS focused on long-haul flights in Northern Hemisphere 1
SAS Scandinavian Airlines plans to launch three North-Atlantic routes in 2016, adding 330,000 seats to its international network, the company said.
Boeing 777 full flight simulator conversion
Swiss Aviation Training completes Airbus-Boeing simulator conversion
Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) has converted the first Airbus full-flight simulator (FFS) to the latest version of the Boeing 777-300ER.
LOT CEO Sebastian Mikosz resigns as privatization stalls
LOT Polish Airlines CEO Sebastian Mikosz has resigned after the Polish government again delayed the flag carrier’s privatization process.
Turkish CEO Kotil speaks out against airline subsidies 
Turkish Airlines president and CEO Temel Kotil has spoken against airline subsidies.
Turkish Airlines A330-300
Kotil: Turkish Airlines renews interest in airline investments 
Turkish Airlines is beginning to look at investing in other airlines, CEO Temel Kotil told ATW in Istanbul.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings reports promising bookings for first flights
Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings has reported promising bookings for first flights from Vienna to the Caribbean, Thailand and Dubai from Nov. 9.

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