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.

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair to open Hamburg base
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will base two Boeing 737-800s from early November in Hamburg—a $200 million investment.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings flight attendant union calls for two-week strike
The UFO flight attendant union for Lufthansa Group’s low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings has announced strikes could be possible at any time for two weeks, starting from Monday, Oct. 24, after talks with management failed.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines finalizing A380 religious charter operations
Malaysia Airlines is completing a charter business concept to operate its six Airbus A380s in a dedicated subsidiary for religious pilgrimage traffic.
Temel Kotil
Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil resigns to head Aerospace Industries
[UPDATED] Turkish Airlines’ long-term CEO Temel Kotil has resigned to become head of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), a center of technology in design, development, manufacturing and after-sales support in Turkey.
Air Astana Boeing 767-300
Air Astana eyes more European flights to develop transfer business 
Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana wants to increase its European presence by taking advantage of Almaty and Astana hubs to focus on transfer passengers flying from Europe to Russian and Asian destinations.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 in LOT Polish Airlines’ livery
LOT Polish Airlines launches Seoul services
LOT Polish Airlines launched 3X-weekly Warsaw-Seoul Incheon services Oct. 17, its third Asian destination.
Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines to upgrade cabin products on new A380s
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will upgrade the cabin products on its five new Airbus A380s, which are on firm order with Airbus for delivery from the 2017 second half.
Gallery: ATW joins Airbus for its 10,000th delivery

Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft—an Airbus A350 XWB for Singapore Airlines (SIA)— on Oct. 14 in a special ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft is the sixth A350-900 for Singapore Airlines, out of a total order of 67 aircraft. The Star Alliance member is the largest customer for the A350. The aircraft is the 43rd delivered A350 to an airline.

Airbus' 10,00th aircraft in Toulouse.
Airbus delivers milestone aircraft to Singapore Airlines
Airbus has marked the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft―an Airbus A350XWB for Singapore Airlines (SIA).
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9
Air New Zealand may offer Wi-Fi from 2017
Air New Zealand may offer Wi-Fi connectivity on flights from 2017 onward, CEO Christopher Luxon said in a statement Oct. 11.
Emirates to launch daily Dubai-Fort Lauderdale service
Emirates Airline will begin daily Dubai-Fort Lauderdale, Florida service from Dec. 15 using a Boeing 777-200LR in a three-class configuration.
Finnair A350-900
Finnair to increase frequencies to Asia; begins Qatar codeshare
Finnair has increased frequencies to Asia for the summer 2017 season.
Bombardier CS300 flight test vehicle at Riga International Airport
AirBaltic to recruit 1,000 employees by 2021
AirBaltic plans to recruit 1,000 employees over the next five years to support the Latvian flag carrier’s growth under its Horizon 2021 business plan.
SWISS, Zurich Airport optimize flight approaches
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to implement the iStream concept, a new procedure to optimize the wave of early-morning arrivals at Zurich Airport, following a successful 12-month trial.
SWISS Boeing 777-300ER
SWISS to fly Boeing 777s to Miami, San Francisco
Lufthansa Group carrier Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will introduce the Boeing 777-300ER onto existing services to Miami and San Francisco from Oct. 30 for the upcoming 2016-17 winter schedules.
Blogs & Commentary
Oct 21, 2016

Three reasons why major US airlines are not planning to grow in 2017

American, Delta and United appear to be bringing growth to a near halt through next year....More
Oct 19, 2016

DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

The White House press conference held Wednesday was purportedly about competition among US airlines. It was nothing of the sort....More
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