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.

Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 767-300
Ukraine International Airlines confirm Beijing launch
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has confirmed it will launch nonstop Kiev Boryspil-Beijing Capital International Airport services on April 29 using a Boeing 767-300ER.
Airbus delivers 629 civil aircraft in 2014, adjusts A320/A330 production
Airbus Group delivered a record 629 civil aircraft in 2014 and announced plans to increase the A320 production rate from 42 to 50 aircraft per month starting in 2017.
Turkish Airlines A330-300
Turkish Airlines reports net profit of $845 million in 2014
Turkish Airlines reported a 2014 net profit of $845 million, more than doubled from a net profit of $357 million for the previous year.
CEO: SunExpress fleet expansion on track; wet-lease arm to rise 25% 
SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will add five Boeing 737-800s to its fleet this year, from an order for 25 of the type and up to 25 737 MAX 8s placed in February 2014. Deliveries are scheduled through 2021.
Airbus Mobile on track to deliver first US-built A321 to JetBlue in 2016
Construction on the Airbus Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama is moving forward and is on track to deliver its first A321 aircraft to JetBlue Airways in “late spring-early summer 2016,” an Airbus spokesperson at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport told ATW.
Lufthansa strikes cost $264.4 million, no dividend for 2014
Lufthansa will not pay a dividend for 2014 after its full-year earnings were affected by the sale of the IT Infrastructure segment, an increase in pension liabilities and losses from fuel-hedging activities.
Lufthansa CityLine Embraer E-195 at London City Airport
Lufthansa CityLine may transfer 16 E-195s to Austrian Airlines 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines, which is in the final stages of replacing its aging Fokker 70/100 fleet, is considering transferring 16 Embraer E-195s from Lufthansa CityLine to Austrian Airlines.
Eurowings A320
New Eurowings’ first base outside Germany will be Vienna
Lufthansa, which is transforming its Eurowings subsidiary into a pan-European platform to operate low-cost flights from several bases outside Germany, will launch its first foreign base in Vienna, Austria.
Eurowings operating costs may be 30%-40% lower than legacy carriers 
SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is on track to start long-haul operations for Eurowings in November from Cologne.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin promotes Arnd Schwierholz to CFO
Airberlin has promoted Arnd Schwierholz to CFO, effective April 1. He has been deputy CFO since October 2014.
Rendering of A350-900 in Vietnam Airlines’ livery
Vietnam Airlines to receive first 787-9 in May; A350-900 in June
Vietnam Airlines will take delivery of the first of 19 Boeing 787-9s in May, and the first of 14 Airbus A350-900s in June.
Lufthansa A321
Vereinigung Cockpit says more pilot strikes possible
Lufthansa’s pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) will not rule out further strikes over transition payments for early retirees, a spokesperson told ATW in Frankfurt on Friday after a two-day strike nears an end for its Germanwings low-cost subsidiary.
ANA Boeing 787-9
ANA names VP Katanozaka as new CEO, updates fleet development
All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent ANA Holdings has named senior EVP Shinya Katanozaka as president and CEO, succeeding Shinichiro Ito, who will take over as chairman April 1.
Deutsche Bahn to file separate price-fixing lawsuit against 11 airlines 
German rail operator Deutsche Bahn—along with several other unnamed companies—is set to file a billion-euro lawsuit seeking damages from 11 air cargo carriers, including Lufthansa and British Airways, for allegedly operating a price-fixing cartel from 1999-2006.

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