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.

Eurowings to open Nuremberg base
Lufthansa LCC subsidiary Eurowings will open a base in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of March with a leased TUIfly Boeing 737-800.
Ukraine International Airlines expands long-haul fleet
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is taking delivery of the first of four Boeing 777-200ERs in mid-February, a spokesperson in Kiev confirmed to ATW.
Laudamotion to partner with Eurowings, Condor
Niki Lauda, who bought former airberlin subsidiary NIKI in January and rebranded it into Laudamotion, plans to team up with Lufthansa LCC Eurowings and German leisure carrier Condor when enough aircraft become available.
Thomas Cook Airbus A321
Thomas Cook ups summer capacity 10% on Airberlin Aviation acquisition 
Leisure travel group Thomas Cook has increased its 2018 summer capacity by 10% through its acquisition of Airberlin Aviation, an affiliate of bankrupt airberlin, and has established Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics, which is based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Gallery: First look at Lufthansa's new branding

Lufthansa Group unveiled a new branding Feb. 7 on a Boeing 747-8. The new, modernized brand image drops the gray from the underside and engines as well as the yellow circle behind the company’s 100-year-old crane logo on the tail for a purely blue-and-white exterior.

Video: Lufthansa unveils new livery
Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9
Vietnam Airlines delays plans for European expansion 
Vietnam Airlines has postponed plans to add Berlin, Amsterdam or Rome to its network, as the market situations have changed and Middle East carriers and Turkish Airlines have become the toughest competitors, SVP-commercial Trinh Ngoc Thanh told ATW recently in Hanoi.
Boeing 747-8 in new Lufthansa livery.
Lufthansa CEO expects rise in growth, competition; unveils new livery 
Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said the company will focus this year on further developing its premium carriers—Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Austrian Airlines—but he expects strong competition in Germany after airberlin’s insolvency last year.
Lufthansa inks long-term agreement with Verdi trade union
Lufthansa and Verdi trade union have concluded new long-term collective labor agreements for the approximately 28,000 ground employees of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs in Germany, the largest group of employees within Lufthansa.
Corsair Airbus A330-200
TUI Group CEO: Selling Corsair not a priority 
TUI Group has no immediate plans to sell French leisure airline Corsair International, TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen told ATW recently in Brussels.
Emirates Airline Boeing 777-200LR
Emirates to launch Santiago de Chile services in July
Emirates Airline is launching services to Santiago de Chile, the Dubai-based carrier’s fourth South American passenger route, starting July 8.
Air Astana A320
Air Astana returns to profit in 2017 after strong passenger growth 
Air Astana posted a net profit of $39.1 million in 2017, returning to profit after its first-ever loss in 2016.
Air Belgium A340-300
Startup Air Belgium to launch operations from Charleroi 
Startup Air Belgium has selected Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) as its home base for flights to China and other Asian destinations.
Rendering of Airbus A330neo in Air Senegal livery
Air Senegal firms A330neo order
Air Senegal has firmed an order for two Airbus A330neos, following an MOU signed in November 2017 at the Dubai Air Show.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 9, 2018

Plastics push

Irish LCC Ryanair has pledged to go single-use plastic-free within five years in a move that will hopefully kick other airlines into action....More
Feb 5, 2018

Pigs might fly, but they shouldn’t do so as service animals

Two US airlines, Delta and United, have issued stricter guidelines on what is required before a passenger can bring onboard an animal in an “emotional support” or “therapy” role....More
Jan 30, 2018

The Open Skies ‘big deal’ that isn’t

American, Delta and United still have little to show for the millions of dollars they’ve spent on publicity campaigns and legal work aimed at curtailing the growth of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways....More
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