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.

Airbus A380
Brégier says A380 challenge is to get more customers 
Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier has made it clear there is no doubt the A380 production program will continue.
SpiceJet 737-800
Indian Minister: Government help for SpiceJet is limited 
India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told ATW that discussions are ongoing for a revival plan for Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet, which has been struggling financially.
Executive team Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker, former EADS
Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A350 XWB
Oneworld member Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB in Toulouse.
ATW Photo Gallery-Qatar Airways A350 XWB delivery
A selection of photographs from our exclusive coverage of the delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350 XWB.
Air India 787
Air India considering Boeing 787-9 
Air India is considering changing some of its nine remaining Boeing 787-8 orders to the larger 787-9, chairman and managing director Rohit Nandan told ATW.
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines begins A350 entry-into-service process 
Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines is preparing for Airbus A350-900 operations as it is expects to begin taking delivery of its first of 14 of the type from 2016.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Delivery of first Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways rescheduled to Dec. 22
Airbus has confirmed Qatar Airways will take delivery of its first A350-900 XWB on Dec. 22, which was postponed from this weekend. Qatar is the launch customer for the all-new widebody.
Airbus A380
Airbus CFO mulls future of A380 program
Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm surprised the aviation world the day before the Airbus Global Investor Forum by raising the possibility of either re-engining the A380 with more efficient engines or discontinuing A380 production in 2018.
Avianca A320
Avianca chairman: ‘2015 is the year to consolidate’ 
Panama City-registered Avianca Holdings—created by the 2009 combination of Colombia’s Avianca and El Salvador-based Grupo TACA—will consolidate the business next year, after recently completing investing in the small Mexican cargo carrier AeroUnion.
Flydubai Boeing 737-800
Flydubai expands routes to Central and Eastern Europe
Flydubai is continuing its expansion into Central and Eastern Europe with the launch of 2X-weekly Dubai- Bratislava (Slovakia) flights, as well as new service to Prague (Czech Republic) and Sofia (Bulgaria) in December.
Air Astana A320
Foster: Air Astana expects to be profitable this year 
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana is expecting to be profitable this year, despite the 19% devaluation of the Kazakhstani tenge in the first quarter that created a local market weakness.
Vienna Airport Pier West
Vienna Airport completes Pier West renovation
Vienna Airport has completed a 9,500 sq m project to remodel its Pier West and C-gates area, which now offers a continuous, spacious gate area, a high-quality culinary offerings and a brighter, more pleasant overall atmosphere.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 100
CEO: Austrian-Tyrolean merger a ‘starting point for a new Austrian Airlines’
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines considers the merger with its subsidiary, Innsbruck-based Tyrolean Airways, a “sign of conciliation and as a starting point for a new Austrian Airlines,” CEO Jaan Albrecht said in a statement.
Air Astana Boeing 757-200
Air Astana to make narrowbody decision next year 
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana will decide next year if it will order either the Airbus A321neoLR or the Boeing 737 MAX-9 to replace its fleet of five 757-200s and older A320 family aircraft.
SAS, Etihad set to begin codeshare operations
Star Alliance member SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways are set to begin codeshare operations between Scandinavia and the United Arab Emirates.

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