Kurt Hofmann

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.

Articles
LOT to increase US frequencies as more 787-9s arrive in 2019
LOT Polish Airlines plans to increase frequencies on its North American routes as the Warsaw-based carrier takes delivery of four more Boeing 787-9s in 2019.
Saudia Airbus A330-300
Saudia expands India network, increases frequencies
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has added its ninth destination in India by relaunching services to Calicut after ceasing services in May 2015 because of widebody aircraft runway restrictions.
WOW Air A330-300
WOW Air begins Reykjavik Keflavik-Delhi services
Icelandic LCC WOW Air launched 3X-weekly Reykjavik Keflavik-Delhi (India) services Dec. 6, using a 345-seat Airbus A330-300.
Rendering of A320neo in Aegean livery
Aegean selects Pratt GTF engine for A320neo family aircraft
Aegean Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine for up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
Thomas Cook Airbus A321
Thomas Cook posts 37% profit growth despite disruptions
The airline division of UK travel operator Thomas Cook Group weathered summer European aviation disruptions to post a 37% profit growth to £129 million ($150 million) for the financial year ended Sept. 30.
Switzerland’s PrivatAir files for insolvency
Swiss charter carrier PrivatAir filed for insolvency Dec. 5, including its German subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH.
Air Astana takes first Embraer E190-E2
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has taken delivery of its first Embraer E190-E2, which arrived at Nursultan Nazarbayev International airport in Astana Dec. 3.
Some flydubai DXB flights switch to T3 as part of Emirates cooperation
Dubai-based LCC flydubai has moved flights to 11 of its destinations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Finnair faces disruptions as regional pilots plan action
Finnair is preparing for disruptions in domestic and regional flights beginning Dec.1 as a result of a planned industrial action by pilots of its regional operation, Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra).
TAP Air Portugal to add Chicago and Washington services
TAP Air Portugal is expanding its US network by adding 5X-weekly Lisbon-Chicago O’Hare service starting June 1, 2019and 5X-weekly Washington Dulles service from June 16.
Finnair faces disruptions as regional pilots plan industrial action
Finnair is preparing for disruptions in domestic and regional flights beginning Dec.1 as a result of a planned industrial action by pilots of its regional operation, Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra).
Brussels Airlines replaces leased long-haul fleet with purchased A330-300s
Brussels Airlines has begun replacing seven leased aircraft in its Airbus A330-family long-haul fleet with secondhand A330-300s the Lufthansa Group subsidiary decided to acquire last year.
LOT to begin London City-Vilnius PSO routes in May 2019
LOT Polish Airlines will launch 12X-weekly London City Airport (LCY)-Vilnius (Lithuania) Public Service Obligation (PSO) services from May 1, 2019.
Germania Airbus A319
Germania to open new European routes in summer 2019
The Germania Group will introduce several new routes from German airports throughout Europe for the 2019 summer season.
Aegean Airlines Boeing 737
Aegean Airlines reports 9-month net profit up 13% on growing demand
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines reported a net profit of €80.9 million ($94 million) for the first nine months of 2018, up 13% from a €71.7 million net profit in the year-ago period.
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Blogs & Commentary
Nov 15, 2018
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Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018
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Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More
Oct 24, 2018
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BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More

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