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.

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800
Turkish Airlines: Flights proceed as state of emergency is declared
Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines said all flight operations are proceeding as normal, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a three-month state of emergency following a failed military coup attempt July 15.
Lufthansa lowers 2016 forecast on political, economic uncertainties
Germany-based Lufthansa has lowered its full-year profit forecast after a significant decline in advanced long-haul bookings to Europe following repeated terrorist attacks in Europe amid greater political and economic uncertainty.
Lufthansa A321
Report: Lufthansa seeks to buy routes from airberlin for Eurowings
Lufthansa Group is in talks to potentially buy routes from German low-cost carrier (LCC) airberlin, according to a report by German financial newspaper Handelsblatt.
Air Astana A320
Air Astana posts 1H net loss of $6.6 million
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana reported a 2016 first-half net loss of $6.6 million, reversed from an $8.3 million net profit in the first half of 2015.
Lufthansa Cargo, ANA extend cooperation
Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have extended their cooperation, combining Lufthansa’s entire European feeder network with direct flights of both partners as of July 12.
Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F
Lufthansa Cargo to offer low-cost shipping
Lufthansa Cargo will begin offering a new product, “td.Basic,” to ship standard air cargo from September in a highly competitive market.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300 at Instanbul
FAA’s Turkey notice bans Turkish Airlines’ US flights through August
Turkish Airlines’ flights to the US are banned through Aug. 31 following an FAA notice issued in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, though FAA confirmed it can cancel the ban at any time.
A passenger walks as Turkish army's tanks enter the Ataturk Airport on July 16
US bans flights from Turkey after failed coup
Airline operations to, from and within Turkey came to a complete standstill Saturday by an attempted military coup that left the country in chaos. But the CEO of Turkish Airlines told ATW that his airline expected to operate about half of its Istanbul schedule Saturday.
Airberlin operates up to 500 weekly flights to Palma de Majorca
Germany’s airberlin flies up to 500 times a week to Palma de Majorca (Spain), an increase of up to 100 weekly flights compared to last summer.
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico opens third bay
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico (LTPR) has opened a third maintenance bay to perform C-checks and cabin modifications.
TAP Portugal to increase winter schedule
TAP Portugal announced its winter schedule, effective Oct. 30, 2016, through March 25, 2017.
Norwegian 737-800
Norwegian doubles 2Q net profit
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian has reported a net profit of NOK745.4 million ($88.3 million) for the 2016 second quarter, more than doubling its NOK325 million net result in the year-ago June quarter.
SWISS CS100 at the Farnborough Airshow
SWISS launches first CSeries scheduled operations
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has launched its first commercial Bombardier CS100 scheduled flight from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle.
KLM Boeing 737-800
KLM brought into Air France, China Eastern JV
Air France-KLM Group has signed a new agreement with China Eastern Airlines to include Netherlands-based KLM in the existing joint venture between the French and Chinese carriers.
Bombardier’s Cromer: CSeries program ‘continues to gain momentum’
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer expects more interest in the CSeries program at the Farnborough Airshow, especially following the June 29 delivery to Lufthansa Group subsidiary SWISS.
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