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.

Air France-KLM narrows loss in 1Q
Air France-KLM Group has reported a first-quarter net loss of €155 million ($175.3 million), narrowed from a €559 million net loss in the year-ago period.
Etihad: 31 passengers injured in severe turbulence near Jakarta
An Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200, operating as flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on May 4, encountered severe and unexpected turbulence about 45 minutes prior to arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, injuring 31 passengers, the airline reported in a statement.
Alitalia 777
Alitalia narrows losses in 2015; on track for profitability in 2017
Italian flag carrier Alitalia has reported a 2015 net loss of €199 million ($217.4 million), narrowed from a loss of €580 million in 2014.
Air France A380
Air France-KLM appoints Jean-Marc Janaillac as chairman and CEO 1
Air France-KLM has appointed Jean-Marc Janaillac as chairman and CEO when Alexandre de Juniac steps down to replace the retiring Tony Tyler as IATA’s DG and CEO this summer.
Turkish Airlines 777-300ER
Turkish Airlines to take delivery of 26 Boeing aircraft in 2016
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines will take delivery of six Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 737-800NGs in 2016.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin deepens losses in 2015
Airberlin has reported a €446.6 million loss ($485.5 million) in 2015, deepened from a €376.7 million loss in the year-ago period.
Eurowings A330-300
Lufthansa working to bring Brussels Airlines into Eurowings
The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa is working to bring 45%-owned Brussels Airlines into its low-cost carrier (LCC) Eurowings and will decide by the end of August whether to exercise a call option to allow for a full takeover.
French ATCs to strike again April 28
French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, April 28, the 44th strike day in France since 2009.
Lufthansa aircraft at Munich Airport
New Munich satellite facility to boost Lufthansa’s competitiveness 
Lufthansa Hub Munich CEO Thomas Winkelmann told ATW he believes the new satellite facility at Munich Airport, which began operations Tuesday, will better position Lufthansa in the global aviation competitive market.
Lufthansa A380
Lufthansa cancels 895 flights ahead of Wednesday’s strike
Lufthansa has canceled 895 (40%) out of 1,500 flights for Wednesday, April 27, as a result of a strike called by German public services trade union Verdi.
Six German airports to be affected by Wednesday’s strikes 2
Six major German airports—including Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Hannover—will be affected by German public services trade union Verdi strike on Wednesday, April 27.
Satellite terminal at Munich Airport
Munich Airport satellite facility opens; operations begin April 26
The new satellite facility at Germany’s Munich Airport opened April 22 and flight operations are scheduled to begin April 26.
Swiss International Air Lines CS100
SWISS to start Bombardier CS100 operations July 15
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) expects to put its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft—a CS100—into service July 15 on its first commercial flight: LX638 from Zurich to Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Design of Istanbul New Airport Terminal 1
Kotil: Istanbul New Airport to be world’s largest 1
Construction of Istanbul’s third airport, called Istanbul New Airport, is moving forward and should be completed by February 2018.
Interview - KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers 
KLM has made progress with its labor costs and is expanding its network and airline partnerships while revamping its fleet with new onboard cabins and services.
Blogs & Commentary
May 3, 2016

Winners and losers from Delta’s CSeries order 4

“There’s no question this is an industry-accepting order,” Bombardier SVP Colin Bole said....More
Apr 21, 2016

American Beauty

American Airlines turned 90 years old April 15....More
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