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.

Avianca Brasil CEO José Efromovich
Avianca Brasil eyes breakeven in 2015 despite difficult economy 
Avianca Brasil, which joined Star Alliance last week, expects to breakeven this year despite the difficult economic climate in Brazil, CEO José Efromovich told ATW in São Paulo.
CEO: Star Alliance in talks with second Brazilian carrier 
Star Alliance is in talks with a second Brazilian carrier to extend its presence in the South American country, CEO Mark Schwab told ATW on the sidelines of the Avianca Brasil joining ceremony in São Paulo last week.
TAP mulls Airbus A321neo for new long-haul routes 
TAP Portugal is studying the Airbus A321neo for use on secondary transatlantic routes to Africa and Eastern Europe, which would offer net growth and open up several markets, TAP CEO Fernando Pinto said.
CEO: TAP Portugal, Azul to become sister airlines 
TAP Portugal and Azul Brazilian Airlines will become sister companies, creating a wide range of potential synergies between the two carriers, TAP CEO Fernando Pinto said.
Air Europa CEO: Latin America network expansion pays off 
Spanish carrier Air Europa is seeing good returns from its expansion into Latin America, the airline's CEO told ATW.
Austrian Airlines to cease Vienna-Dubai services
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will stop Vienna-Dubai services on Sept. 13 due to overcapacity.
A Spirit Airlines A320 arrives at Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico for a C check.
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico begins operations 
Lufthansa Technik’s (LHT) new Puerto Rico MRO facility at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla started operations July 21 with its first overhaul line.
Worldwide Flight Services to acquire 51% stake in Fraport Cargo
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) will acquire a 51% stake in Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) as part of a strategic partnership with Frankfurt Airport operator and owner Fraport AG.
EC: Germany should fulfill obligations for issuing pilot licenses
The European Commission (EC) has told Germany to fulfill its obligations for issuing pilot licenses. Member states are obligated to issue pilot licenses to applicants who comply with the rules described in Commission Regulation No. 1178/2011 without additional administrative or technical requirements.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean’s passenger growth up 15% in 1H; navigating Greek debt crisis
Greece-based Aegean Airlines has reported strong passenger growth in the first-half, but faces challenges as the country’s debt crisis continues.
Munich Airport wins clearance for third runway
Germany’s Munich Airport has won approval to build a third runway after a federal court rejected the remaining appeals against it.
Emirates 777-200LR in ground collision at Lagos; no injuries 1
An Emirates Airline Boeing 777-200LR was involved in a ground collision with a Nigerian domestic carrier HAK Air 737-400 on Monday night at Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport, Nigeria, West Africa.
China Airlines 777
China Airlines sees benefits of using 777 on transpacific routes 
Taipei-based China Airlines is seeing improvement in yields on its North American routes since introducing the Boeing 777-300ER, replacing the four-engine 747-400, chairman & CEO Hang Hung Sun told ATW.
Airberlin A319s
Airberlin remains cautious on capacity, eyes MRO synergies
Airberlin is continuing strict fleet capacity management as it undergoes long-term restructuring.
SWISS Boeing 777-300ER business class
SWISS reveals Boeing 777-300ER with new cabin layout, routes
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has unveiled the new cabin layout and route network plans of its new Boeing 777-300ERs, which will begin arriving in January 2016 through 2018.

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