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.

Eurowings A320
Eurowings, cabin crew reach wage agreement
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings and German public services trade union Verdi have reached a labor agreement for cabin crews Dec. 2.
Jet Time Boeing 737-700
Danish charter carrier Jet Time downsizes
Denmark-based charter airline Jet Time has discontinued its cargo and ACMI business units for SAS Scandinavian Airlines in an effort to save the carrier.
Turkish Airlines A330-200
Turkish Airlines to sublease eight Airbus A330-200s to cut costs
Turkish Airlines has taken eight Airbus A330-200s out of service as part of a sublease plan to cut costs following a net loss of $463 million in the first nine months of 2016, reversed from a net profit of $877 in the year-ago period.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines shows steady improvement in 3Q
Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines said it is making steady progress on its turnaround plan with an encouraging performance in the third quarter.
Lufthansa A321
Lufthansa presents new offer to striking pilots
Lufthansa has made the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union a new offer in an effort to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute that is costing the German carrier €15 million ($16 million) per day.
Finnair A350-900
Finnair prepares for flight cancellations over pilot restrictions
Finnair is preparing for possible flight cancellations because of work restrictions set by the Finnish Pilots’ Association after a collective labor agreement expired Nov. 15.
Lufthansa A340-600
Lufthansa pilots to strike again Nov. 29-30
Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced another strike for Nov. 29-30.
Jens Bischof
SunExpress appoints Jens Bischof as CEO
SunExpress, the Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines joint venture, has appointed Lufthansa CCO Jens Bischof as CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
The first Airbus A350-1000 takes off from Toulouse.
Airbus A350-1000 completes first flight
The first Airbus A350-1000, MSN59, took off for its maiden flight from Blagnac in Toulouse at 10:42 a.m. local time Thursday, Nov. 24. The aircraft landed after flying for 4 hours and 18 minutes and completing a low fly pass.
TUI Group board gives green light for new airline venture with Etihad
The supervisory board of German holiday company TUI Group has given the go-ahead to create a European leisure airline group together with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group.
Lufthansa pilots extend strike through Nov. 24
In all, 1,800 flights and more than 215,000 passengers would be affected Nov. 23-24, Lufthansa said.
Airberlin Boeing 737.
Airberlin to hire 500 additional flight attendants
Airberlin is set to recruit more than 500 additional flight attendants related to the airline’s growth plan for long haul routes, especially to North America.
Lufthansa cancels 876 flights ahead of Nov. 23 strike
Lufthansa canceled 876 out of nearly 3,000 planned flights – including 51 long-haul routes – for Wednesday Nov. 23 following the call from Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) for a pilot strike.
Lufthansa A320s
Lufthansa Group faces strikes Nov. 22-23
Lufthansa Group will be affected by two strikes Nov. 22-23.
Airbus NAVBLUE to increase Vietnam airspace efficiency
Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE has completed a deal with Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corp. (VATM) to deliver optimized airspace design for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, to enhance safety and efficiency.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 1, 2016

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an uncontentious nominee with the Senate....More
Nov 29, 2016

Airbus-Boeing subsidy dispute is a proxy fight with a larger goal

Airbus and Boeing fear they will not be able to live with the kinds of state support that budding rivals may receive....More
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