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.

Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa holds firm as pilot union calls eighth strike
As the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) calls another pilot strike for Monday and Tuesday for Lufthansa’s short- and medium-haul operations, the carrier is holding firm in its commitment to work on a sustainable long-term cost structure.
Air France Boeing 777-300ER
CEO: Air France recovering from pilot strikes 
Air France-KLM Group said the recent 10-day pilot strikes have cost the company around €350 million ($447 million) in the third quarter.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar selects Frankfurt as first A350 destination
Qatar Airways will operate its first Airbus A350 on its Doha-Frankfurt route from January as the new aircraft's first scheduled service.
KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70
KLM president & CEO resigns
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that president and CEO Camiel Eurlings has resigned.
Germanwings A319
Germanwings pilots to strike on Thursday
The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called a 12-hour pilot strike on Thursday for Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings, the latest in a series of ongoing protests over transition payments for early retirees.
Alitalia A320
Airberlin and Alitalia sign codeshare deal, switch to Milan Linate Airport
Airberlin and Alitalia have signed a strategic codeshare agreement on all 412 weekly flights between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy from the winter season.
IFM Global Infrastructure Fund eyes minority stake in Vienna Airport operator
IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (IFM GIF) plans to launch a voluntary public offer to acquire a minority stake of between 20% and 29.9% in Vienna Airport operator Flughafen Wien AG through its indirect subsidiary, Airports Group Europe.
Lufthansa: PED flight modes may soon become obsolete
Lufthansa said flight modes on personal electronic devices (PED) could soon become obsolete, enabling passengers to keep smartphones, tablets and laptops switched on from gate-to-gate.
WOW Air A320
WOW Air finalizes first transatlantic route
Iceland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) WOW Air is finalizing its first transatlantic service on 6X-weekly Reykjavik Keflavik-Boston Logan service from March 28, 2015.
Swiss Aviation Training upgrades A320 simulator
Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) has gained certification for its new Airbus A320 simulator from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation.
Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa's VC pilot union planning more strikes 1
Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is planning more strikes within the next several days in its ongoing protest over transition payments for early retirees, a VC spokesperson was quoted by several German media outlets as saying.
Airbus A320 in airberlin, Etihad livery
German authorities: Airberlin, Etihad must cut codeshare routes
German aviation authorities (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, or LBA) have denied the continuation of 34 codeshare routes between Etihad Airways and its strategic equity partner airberlin for the coming winter schedule, effective at the end of October.
Swiss International Air Lines A330-300
Swiss International Air Lines to expand Zurich network in 2015
Swiss International Air Lines will be adding 22 new European destinations to its Zurich network with the start of the 2015 summer schedule, by supplementing its hub concept with a new point-to-point system.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 100
Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean cabin crew reach framework agreement
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines and Works Council for flight and cabin crew of its Tyrolean Airways subsidiary have reached a framework agreement for a new Group collective wage agreement for approximately 3,200 flight staff.
Airbus A320 in airberlin, Etihad livery
Airberlin, Etihad may have to cut codeshare routes
German aviation authorities are questioning the continuation of codeshare routes between Etihad Airways and its strategic equity partner airberlin, which are very important for both carriers between Germany and Abu Dhabi.

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