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 Cargo MD-11
Lufthansa Cargo eyes cost cuts, grounds two MD-11Fs 
Lufthansa Cargo will implement cost-saving measures, called C-40, starting next year as it reacts to the weakening air cargo market and negative effects from pilot and cabin crew strikes.
Cargolux Boeing 747-800F
Cargolux pilots: Strike action can no longer be avoided
Luxembourg-based Cargolux pilots, represented by the ALPL and the LCGB unions, are ready to take industrial action if a new collective agreement cannot be reached by Nov. 30, when the current contract expires.
Iced In 
Thousands of passengers cross over the largest island in the world every day flying global airlines between North America and Europe. Yet just 30,000 tourists visit Greenland each year.
Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa cabin crew to strike again Nov. 26-27
Lufthansa cabin crew, represented by the UFO union, is planning another strike for Nov. 26-27, on the heels of a week-long strike earlier this month.
Lufthansa A321
Lufthansa management invites unions to discuss unresolved issues
Lufthansa management has invited all three unions representing its staff to a roundtable discussion Dec. 2 to talk about retirement and pension schemes.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air, Lufthansa Technik renew MRO contracts
Eastern European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has renewed two eight-year MRO contracts with Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) and Lufthansa Technik Budapest (LTB) for line maintenance services on its fleets based in Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.
Pegasus Airlines A320
Pegasus Airlines reports 9-month passenger growth of 12.1%
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines has posted passenger numbers for the first nine months of 2015 of 16.8 million, up 12.1% year-over-year.
Airberlin A330-300
Airberlin to cut all Spanish domestic routes by summer 2016
Airberlin, which is undergoing an extensive restructuring process, will cut all domestic routes from its Palma de Mallorca hub as well as from Ibiza to the Spanish mainland and to Portugal, a spokesperson confirmed to ATW.
Cargolux 747-8F
Cargolux, trade unions reach agreement; pilot discussions ongoing
Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines and its OGBL and LCGB trade unions—which represent 750 ground staff—have reached a principle agreement in the latest round of negotiations.
Rendering of A350-900 in Ethiopian Airlines’ livery
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines plans to grow A350 fleet to 25 aircraft
Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW the carrier plans to order additional Airbus A350 XWBs, taking its total of the type from 14 to 25.
Airberlin CEO: Germany must rule permanently on Etihad codeshare
Airberlin CEO Stefan Pichler said the German government must arrive at a permanent solution to its Etihad Airways codeshare discussions with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and not unilaterally terminate the approval policy that has been continuously implemented since 2012.
Airberlin A319 tails
Airberlin to grow Berlin, Düsseldorf hubs in plan to improve finances
Airberlin hopes to improve its financial results by €310 million ($349 million) in three years as it concentrates on growing its Berlin and Düsseldorf hubs.
Finnair A321
Finnair studies future narrowbody fleet
Finnair is planning to increase traffic on its European feeder network with an eye on growing long-haul capacity.
Luxair 737-800
Lufthansa sells 13% stake in Luxair to Luxembourg government
The Luxembourg government has acquired Lufthansa’s 13% stake in national carrier Luxair, a Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed to ATW in Frankfurt.
Austrian Airlines to launch E195 operations from Jan. 4, 2016
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to launch its first Embraer E195 scheduled flight from Jan. 4, 2016, on the Vienna-Stuttgart route.
Blogs & Commentary
Nov 24, 2015

American History

As American Airlines rolls out aircraft in the Heritage series, I am fascinated by all the AA predecessors, their logos and paint over the years....More
Nov 23, 2015

Was the TAM merger a mistake for LAN? 3

LATAM is a bet on the long-term future of Latin American commercial aviation....More
ATW On-Location

ATW On-Location Dubai Air Show coverage

sponsored by

View ATW On-Location from the Paris Air Show and other events