Kurt Hofmann

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.

Articles
New Turkish Airlines CEO Describes Challenges Of First Year 
Bilal Eksi had to deal with the June terrorist attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and an attempted military coup that seriously hurt demand and profits.
Lufthansa A350 XWB
Lufthansa set to take second A350 XWB
Lufthansa will take delivery of the second of 25 Airbus A350 XWBs in Munich Feb. 24, which will be used on Munich-Boston Logan scheduled services beginning March 14.
Eurowings CRJ900
Eurowings phases out final CRJ900, becomes all-Airbus operator
Rapidly expanding Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings has phased out its last Bombardier CRJ900, becoming an all-Airbus operator and closing its history as a regional carrier.
SunExpress CEO Jens Bischof
SunExpress to expand capacity to Turkey, eyes more wet leases 
SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, plans to increase capacity throughout its network, despite a difficult operating environment.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air to launch Frankfurt flights
Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air plans to introduce daily flights from Lufthansa’s main hub Frankfurt to Sophia (Bulgaria) beginning May 22 and Budapest (Hungary) from Dec. 15, using a 230-seat Airbus A321.
EasyJet A319
Source: EasyJet eyes Portugal or Austria AOC 
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet expects to finalize plans for a European air operator’s certificate (AOC) over the coming weeks and could place a new AOC in either Portugal or Austria.
ANA names new president and CEO
Japan’s All Nippon Airways ANA has appointed EVP and board member Yuji Hirako to succeed Osamu Shinobe as president and CEO from April 1.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin expands long-haul fleet with three leased A330s
Oneworld carrier airberlin is set to add three leased Airbus A330-200s, increasing seat capacity as Germany’s second-largest carrier eyes its biggest long-haul summer flight schedule to the US.
Lufthansa aircraft at Düsseldorf Airport
Lufthansa, pilot union negotiators accept recommended settlement
Lufthansa and the negotiating committee of pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) have accepted a mediator’s recommendations to end a pay dispute that has resulted in repeated flight deck crew strikes.
Vienna International Airport
Austrian court blocks Vienna airport expansion
An Austrian court has blocked plans for a third runway at Vienna International Airport on environmental concerns, a ruling the airport intends to appeal.
Transavia Boeing 737-700
Transavia to close Munich base by October
Air France-KLM low-cost carrier (LCC) Transavia will shut down its base in Munich, Germany, by Oct. 31, the company said in a statement.
Gallery: On board the SWISS CS100's stunning flight to St. Moritz

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the Official Airline of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2017 in St. Moritz and normally operates its Bombardier CS100 aircraft on scheduled flights throughout Europe. The aircraft, which is not built to fly in airshows, delivered three stunning flight displays accompanied by the Patrouille Suisse, the Swiss Air Force’s air display team, above the ski mountain resort of St. Moritz.

ATW Correspondent Kurt Hofmann was exclusively invited to join an unusual trip for an civil airliner aircraft and its pilots. 

Air Astana A320neo
CEO: Air Astana evaluates A319neo, expects A321neo delivery delay 
Air Astana is conducting a fleet study that may result in taking Embraer E2, Bombardier CSeries or Airbus A319neo aircraft, according to president Peter Foster.
Hamburg Airport reopens after toxin sickens 68 people
Germany’s Hamburg Airport terminals 1 and 2 were temporarily closed Sunday, Feb. 12 after passengers and staff complained of nausea at the central security checkpoint.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 16, 2017
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Not all US domestic routes are created equal

For years, US airlines basically treated a 45-90-minute hop the same as a 5-hour transcontinental flight....More
Jan 30, 2017
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Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was happening in light of the Trump travel ban that ignited protests over the weekend....More
Jan 24, 2017
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Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of companies to see potential in the Italian flag carrier but for whom good news seems an increasingly distant prospect....More
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