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.

Oman Air plans for expansion in Iran market & fleet growth
Muscat-based Oman Air is looking to provide crew training and MRO services to Iranian airlines, the carrier’s CEO, Paul Gregorowitsch, told ATW.
TAP Portugal
China’s HNA Group to buy TAP Portugal shares
China’s HNA Group will buy an initial 7% stake in Atlantic Gateway, a private consortium that owns 50% of TAP Portugal.
CEO: ANA works to reduce unit costs by 2020 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) president and CEO Osamu Shinobe said the Star Alliance member is working to reduce unit costs up to 18% by 2020.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air net profit for FY2016 up 5%
European low-cost carrier Wizz Air reported a net profit of €193 million ($218.2 million) for the financial year ended March 31, 2016, up 5% compared to the €183 million net profit reported for the previous financial year.
French ATCs to strike again May 26, three days in June 3
French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, May 26, the 48th strike day in France since 2009.
Lufthansa grounds three A340-600s as summer demand weakens 
Lufthansa has grounded three Airbus A340-600s, as the carrier reduces its summer schedule following weaker travel demand.
TAP Express E190
TAP Express launches Embraer E190 operations
TAP Portugal has taken delivery of its first Embraer E190, which will be operated by regional subsidiary TAP Express.
Pilot shortage forces Austrian Airlines to cancel 150 flights in June 1
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will cancel 150 flights in June because of a pilot shortage again this year.
Iberia seeks to join BA-Finnair-JAL JV
Iberia is seeking to join fellow oneworld members British Airways (BA), Finnair and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their joint venture (JV).
Rendering of MRJ in ANA livery
ANA CEO: MRJ delay leads to fleet adjustments 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) president and CEO Osamu Shinobe said he hopes Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. will stick to the adjusted delivery schedule for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), which calls for first delivery in mid-2018.
Shinobe: ANA to establish new business model for A380 operations 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will create a different business and service model for its Airbus A380s, which will begin to come into the fleet in 2018, president and CEO Osamu Shinobe told ATW in Tokyo.
SWISS CSeries program manager and fleet chief Peter Koch
SWISS implements CSeries entry-into-service procedures  1
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)—which will take delivery of its first Bombardier CSeries 100 at the end of June—is making preparations for entry-into-service (EIS) of the new generation aircraft.
Bombardier expects steep-approach test flight certification in 3Q 
Bombardier will begin steep-approach test flights in Wichita, Kansas, next week, focusing on final validation by July, Bombardier VP-CSeries Rob Dewar told ATW in Montreal.
VLM Airlines
Reports: VLM Airlines files for creditor protection 2
Belgian regional VLM Airlines has filed a formal application asking for creditor protection for six months to avoid bankruptcy, a source close to the situation confirmed to ATW following media reports in the Belgium and the Netherlands.
KLM expands long-haul network
Netherlands-based KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched new services from Amsterdam to Astana May 3, becoming its second destination in Kazakhstan.
Blogs & Commentary
May 30, 2016

Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag?

The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320....More
May 26, 2016

Consistent inconsistency

It seems the only thing consistent about flying is inconsistency. When you never know what to expect, it takes its toll on trust....More
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