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.

Lufthansa 747-8I
Lufthansa pilots to strike again Tuesday
Lufthansa’s Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union has announced its fifth strike over transition payments for early retirees.
Airberlin cancels orders for 33 Boeing aircraft
Airberlin has reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel orders for 15 787 and 18 737 aircraft, “at a current price of some $5 billion to be rescinded,” airberlin said in a statement.
Hogan: Airberlin’s unit costs must become best in class 
Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan strongly believes oneworld partner Airberlin will be successfully restructured, but to do that it must become the “best in class.”
Norwegian 737-800
Kjos: Norwegian considers additional 787 orders 
Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos is considering additional Boeing 787 orders for possible delivery from 2018 onward.
Airbus CEO: A380 high-density versions under way; re-engining not a priority 
Airbus will offer more dense-configuration variants of the A380, although it has no plans to re-engine the very large aircraft anytime soon.
Lufthansa considers A330 for new long-haul LCC subsidiary
Lufthansa’s executive board has presented plans for its new long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) to the supervisory board.
Emirates, Etihad halt flights to Sana’a due to political unrest
Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways have reportedly halted flights to Sana’a International Airport, the capital of Yemen, because of heavy fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni militia, the United Arab Emirates-based daily, the National, reported.
Air France 777-300ER
Air France pilots enter second week of strike; negotiations ‘deadlocked’
Pressure on Air France management increased Monday as the pilot strike entered the second week.
Swiss International Air Lines A320
Swiss International Air Lines terminates deal with Aeropers pilots
Swiss International Air Lines will terminate its collective labor agreement (CLA) with the Aeropers pilot union at the end of November 2016 following the failure of the latest round of talks.
Lufthansa 747-8I
Lufthansa to launch premium-economy service Dec. 10 
Lufthansa will launch its new premium-economy class service on its Boeing 747-8I fleet Dec. 10, and on its Airbus A380 and A340-600 fleet in 2015.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air to expand capacity in Romania by 29% in 2015
Central and Eastern Europe-based Wizz Air will introduce one new 180-seat Airbus A320 at Bucharest Otopeni Airport, bringing its Romania-based fleet to 17 Airbus A320s.
ATW Photo Gallery-Qatar A380 Delivery & First Flight
A selection of exclusive photos from the Qatar A380 delivery ceremony at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport and first flight to Doha.
Qatar Airways A380
Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A380
Oneworld member Qatar Airways has taken delivery of the first of 10 A380s—plus three options—it has on order. The Doha-based carrier will become the 12th operator of the type.
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa: All long-haul flights to depart from Frankfurt despite Tuesday's pilot strike
[UPDATE] Lufthansa said all 40 long-haul flights will depart from Frankfurt on Tuesday despite the eight-hour pilot strike called by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union.
Fraport buys 75.5% stake in Ljubljana Airport
Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport AG and a consortium headed by the Slovenia Sovereign Holdings have reached agreement to purchase Ljubljana Airport in the capital city of Slovenia.

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