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
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair to open two more German bases
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair announced it will open two new German bases at Nuremberg and Hamburg, beginning Nov. 1.
Turkish Airlines A330
Turkish Airlines takes delivery of 300th aircraft
Turkish Airlines took delivery of its 300th aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport on Feb. 5.
Airberlin A320
Airberlin managers, pilots agree to pay cuts
Airberlin, which is undergoing an extensive restructuring process, has said about 80 managers will accept salary cuts up to 10% this year.
Daallo Airlines A321 explosion
Somali authorities: Daallo Airlines A321 explosion caused by bomb
Somali authorities say the Feb. 2 onboard explosion of a Djibouti-based Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-100, en route from Mogadishu to Djibouti, was caused by a bomb.
Turkish Airlines 777-300ER
Turkish Airlines, Boeing sign long-term agreement
Turkish Airlines and Boeing have signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen the carrier’s industry position, as well as Turkey’s aerospace and technology capabilities.
Ryanair 737-800
O’Leary: Ryanair will overtake Wizz Air in Central Europe by 2018 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary expects to overtake Wizz Air in Central Europe to become the largest carrier in these markets by 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines 787-8
Ethiopian Airlines confirms comeback of New York flights
Ethiopian Airlines plans to launch 3X-weekly Addis Ababa-Lomé (Togo)-New York JFK services by the end of June.
Daallo Airlines A321 explosion
Daallo Airlines A321 lands after onboard explosion; one dead
A Djibouti-based Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-100, en route from Mogadishu to Djibouti, experienced an onboard explosion 15 minutes after takeoff and returned to Mogadishu airport.
Lufthansa A321
Spohr: Lufthansa’s biofuel projects continue despite low fuel prices 
Lufthansa chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told ATW he expects to further develop biofuel projects despite low fuel prices.
SWISS CS100
SWISS to operate up to nine CSeries jets by year-end 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expects to operate between six and nine Bombardier CS100 jets by the end of 2016, outgoing CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW.
ATW Photo Gallery-SWISS 777-300ER delivery
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has taken delivery of the first of nine Boeing 777-300ERs in Zurich.
LOT Polish Airlines appoints new management
LOT Polish Airlines’ supervisory board has made management changes.
Swiss International Air Lines 777-300ER
SWISS takes delivery of first 777-300ER 1
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has taken delivery of the first of nine Boeing 777-300ERs in Zurich.
Rendering of 777-300ER in SWISS livery
SWISS’s Boeing 777-300ERs to offer Internet in all three classes
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), which will take delivery of the first of nine Boeing 777-300ERs on Jan. 29, has unveiled details on its Internet connectivity in all three cabin classes.
Lufthansa to develop commercial applications for drone technology
Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) has signed an agreement with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI to develop commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone technology, for key customers.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 3, 2016
blog

Is it ‘insane’ for airlines to earn strong profits? 7

American Airlines’ annual net profit is just $45.8 billion behind Apple’s most recent full-year net earnings....More
Jan 26, 2016
blog

Very shaky start for anti-US ATC privatization coalition

“When you are arguing a case when you don’t know what it’s all about, it’s very hard.”...More
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