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
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air: No interest in connecting flights or airline cooperations 
Central and eastern European LCC Wizz Air has no interest in offering connecting flights like Irish-LCC Ryanair practices at some airports such as Italy’s Milan Bergamo.
Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900
CEO: Adria Airways’ restructuring on track, to add six Saab 2000s 
Slovenia’s Adria Airways is on track for profitability and growth, CEO Holger Kowarsch told ATW on the sidelines of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) conference in Vienna.
Finnair Airbus A330-300
Finnair, Alaska Airlines to begin codeshare partnership
Oneworld member Finnair and Seattle-based Alaska Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement, starting May 20.
Austrian Airlines new livery
Austrian Airlines unveils new livery
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will reveal a new branding May 15 when it rolls out its sixth Boeing 777-200ER in recognition of the carrier’s 60th anniversary.
Interview: LaudaMotion CEO returns to airline race track
Laudamotion's CEO, Niki Lauda says “With Ryanair, I get the turbo charge that I need.”
Shannon Airport targets LCCs for transatlantic operations 
Ireland’s Shannon Airport (SNN) is targeting LCCs that operate or plan to operate Airbus A321LR and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to use the airport for transatlantic flights to the US and Canada, according to a top airport official.
Blue Air CEO Gheorghe Racaru
CEO: Romania’s Blue Air readies to receive first 737 MAX in July 2019 
Romania-based LCC Blue Air is preparing to take delivery of the first of six Boeing 737 MAX 8s in July 2019.
Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Etihad Airways, EgyptAir to expand codeshare
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and EgyptAir have expanded their codeshare partnership to cover more destinations in Africa, North Asia and Australia, starting May 2.
Rendering of A321neo in Wizz Air livery
Wizz Air to take first 239-seat A321neo in January 2019 
Central and eastern European LCC Wizz Air will install 239 seats in its Airbus A321neos, which will begin arriving in January 2019.
JAL, Russia’s S7 Airlines to expand codeshare agreement
Oneworld members Japan Airlines (JAL) and Russia’s S7 Airlines will expand their codeshare agreement by adding two new destinations in Russia.
Flydubai expands European network
Dubai-based LCC flydubai has expanded its European network by launching 4X-weekly Dubai-Dubrovnik (Croatia) seasonal services through Oct. 25, as well as Dubai-Krakow (Poland) flights.
Nepal Airlines’ first A330 will expand international network
Nepal Airlines Corp. (NAC) is preparing for the arrival of the first of two Airbus A330s in June, as the Nepal flag carrier aims to increase its international business, according to media reports.
AirBaltic Bombardier CS300
AirBaltic to improve route map, add more CS300s as net income rises 
Latvia’s national carrier airBaltic reported a 2017 net income of €4.6 million ($5.5 million), a nearly fourfold increase from €1.2 million in 2016.
Lufthansa nominates Alexis von Hoensbroech to head Austrian Airlines
The Lufthansa Group has selected Alexis von Hoensbroech for CEO of subsidiary Austrian Airlines as of Aug. 1, succeeding Kay Kratky, who will step down after three years in July when his contract ends.
LaudaMotion, Condor to end cooperation April 30
Austrian startup LaudaMotion and German leisure carrier Condor will end their cooperation agreement by the end of April, both carriers confirmed April 9.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018
blog

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018
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Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018
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Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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