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
Azur Air takes delivery of first Boeing 767-300ER
New German airline Azur Air has taken delivery of the first of two Boeing 767-300ERs and is preparing to start operations this month.
Airberlin A330-200
CEO: Airberlin will not apply for state aid
Airberlin has decided not to apply for a government guarantee, because the company is making good progress with its restructuring.
Lithuania’s Small Planet Airlines adds A320 as summer season peaks
Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines has added one more Airbus A320 to its fleet as summer tour operator contracts peak.
Ethiopian Airlines to open Africa’s largest cargo terminal
Ethiopian Airlines is upgrading the infrastructure at its Addis Ababa Bole International Airport hub to create the largest air cargo terminal in Africa, which the airline will inaugurate June 29 while it hosts the second ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum.
Saudia Boeing 787
Saudia prepares 20% summer capacity increase
Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia preparing a 20% capacity increase to meet passenger demand for the summer air travel period between June 24-Sept.16.
AirBaltic Bombardier CS300
AirBaltic takes delivery of fifth CS300
Latvian carrier airBaltic has received its fifth Bombardier CS300, after becoming the launch customer for the larger CSeries variant in late 2016.
Flydubai Boeing 737-800
Flydubai to expand African presence
Dubai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) flydubai plans to increase its presence in Africa to 12 destinations, following a 3.5% boost in passengers traveling between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015.
Alitalia A320
Alitalia files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy to secure US operations
Italian flag carrier Alitalia has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US, in an effort to keep its leased terminal gates at New York JFK.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8
LOT CEO: Warsaw airport capacity limits affect growth 
LOT Polish Airlines could see its rapid growth pace slow down as Warsaw Chopin Airport reaches capacity.
Icelandair Boeing 767-300
Icelandair CEO: Transatlantic business remains a challenge 
Icelandair continues to grow on transatlantic routes, but the carrier’s expansion is affected by capacity limits at its Reykjavik hub and increasing competition from low-cost carriers (LCCs).
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER
EgyptAir to resume flights to Japan
EgyptAir will resume flights to Japan after four years of interruption.
TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
TAAG Angola Airlines expects another challenging year
South Africa-based TAAG Angola Airlines continues to struggle in a difficult operating environment in Africa, CCO William Boulter told ATW in an exclusive interview last week at the IATA AGM in Cancun.
Lufthansa A380
Lufthansa to move five A380s from Frankfurt to Munich
Lufthansa will transfer five of 14 Airbus A380s from its Frankfurt home base to Munich starting from summer 2018.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin asks for state aid
Airberlin has asked the governments of Berlin and North-Rhine Westphalia for a guarantee application.
Air India Boeing 777-200LR
Air India considers Los Angeles, Houston nonstop services 
Air India is evaluating new nonstop flights from India to Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas, as the Indian flag carrier continues its international expansion.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 22, 2017
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Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker defiant in face of blockade, laptop ban

The diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Gulf neighbors has not thwarted Qatar Airways’ ambitions....More
Jun 22, 2017
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Qatar's unsolicited, unexpected and unwelcome bid for American

You have to hand it to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; he never fails to surprise. This time, it appears, he has also surprised American Airlines....More
Jun 16, 2017
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Cuba: You need passengers, not just planes!

My quick take on US President Donald Trump’s announcement today that the US air services pact with Cuba will remain, but a ban on US tourism to the Caribbean island will be reinforced....More
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