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.

Etihad, TUI Group new leisure airline to be named FlyNiki 
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday company TUI Group will reportedly name the planned European leisure airline group FlyNiki, a source involved in the negotiations told ATW.
Source: SunExpress Germany to become part of Eurowings 
Rapidly expanding Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings reportedly plans to add SunExpress Germany to its portfolio as it aims to quickly reach a competitive size in the European LCC market, a source involved in the project told ATW.
Reports: airberlin subsidiary Belair to close in March
Switzerland-based airberlin subsidiary Belair could be closed down by the end of March, the company has informed employees according to several media reports in Switzerland.
AirBaltic CS300
AirBaltic: CS300 performance ‘exceeding expectations’
Latvian carrier airBaltic reported its Bombardier CS300 operation performance is exceeding expectations since launching scheduled flights in December.
Airberlin A320
Eurowings: Wet lease of airberlin A320s a challenging task
Eurowings Europe, which is adding 33 wet-leased airberlin Airbus A320s to its fleet by the end of April, said the additional aircraft will create operational challenges for the Lufthansa Group low-cost subsidiary (LCC).
Eurowings A320 in Salzburg
Eurowings Europe opens Salzburg base
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe opened a base in Salzburg, Austria on Jan. 11, the LCC’s second base after Vienna.
Gallery: Lufthansa Group goes digital

Lufthansa Group said it plans to become the “most digital aviation group” in 2017, chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said at the company’s digital aviation forum Jan. 10. ATW joined a special A319 flight Jan. 10 from Frankfurt, flying over Luxembourg and France, and returning to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa's Harry Hohmeister
Lufthansa begins trialing broadband on short- and medium-haul flights
Lufthansa Group said it plans to become the “most digital aviation group” in 2017, chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said at the company’s digital aviation forum Jan. 10.
Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways to codeshare
Hong Kong Airlines and East Africa-based Kenya Airways, has signed a codeshare agreement between Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
Ethiopian Airlines to add Chengdu, China route
Ethiopian Airlines is expanding its China network to include 3X-weekly Boeing 787-8 Addis Ababa-Chengdu services from June 3.
FlyNiki to cut 13 European destinations, Abu Dhabi route
Airberlin Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki will cut 13 European destinations from Jan. 30, as well as its daily Vienna-Abu Dhabi route from the end of March, FlyNiki spokesperson Milene Platzer told ATW.
Lufthansa Group to hire 3,000+ employees in 2017
Lufthansa Group has announced plans to hire more than 3,000 employees—mostly flight attendants—who will join the Group’s various airlines in 2017.
Ethiopian Airlines upgrades Addis Ababa infrastructure
Ethiopian Airlines is upgrading the infrastructure at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for maintenance, cargo and flight simulators as the Star Alliance member continues to grow.
New German leisure carrier set for April launch
New German airline Azur Air is preparing to start operations in April.
Swiss International Air Lines CS100
SWISS to take at least 12 CSeries in 2017
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)—which took delivery of its fifth Bombardier CS100 on Dec. 30, 2016—expects to receive a minimum of 12 CS100s, as well as the larger CSeries variant CS300, in 2017.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 17, 2017

Don’t dismiss the widebody

Already 2017 is shaping up to be another good year for the narrowbody, especially the new-generation of ultra-efficient airliners....More
Jan 17, 2017

MH370 becomes a ghost ship

It’s a sad day in commercial aviation history with the confirmation that the search for MH370 has been suspended....More
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