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.

CEO: LOT Polish Airlines to grow rapidly starting in 2016 
LOT Polish Airlines, in the aftermath of a restrucuturing, has been banned by European Union regulators from growing capacity or adding routes until early 2016.
Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) COO Ahmed Al Haddabi, FlyNiki MD Christian Lesjak
FlyNiki launches Abu Dhabi long-haul flights, Etihad codeshare
Austria-based airberlin subsidiary FlyNiki launched its first long-haul route with daily Vienna-Abu Dhabi Airbus A320 services Nov. 24, featuring 12 business- and 132 economy-class seats with Wi-Fi service.
Avianca A320
Avianca eyes order for more than 160 narrowbody aircraft 
Avianca Holdings plans to order more than 160 narrowbody aircraft by the end of the year, chairman Germán Efromovich told ATW in Abu Dhabi.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines expands summer schedule for 2015
Greece-based Aegean Airlines has announced its summer 2015 operations will include a network of 134 destinations, including 100 international and 34 domestic routes in 42 countries.
Emirates Airline A380
Emirates overhauls its first Airbus A380 1
Emirates Engineering has completed a 3C check, the largest maintenance check on any aircraft, on the first A380 delivered to Emirates Airline.
CEO: LOT wants to consolidate airlines in Central Europe 
Star Alliance member LOT Polish Airlines wants to consolidate the Central Europe aviation market as the state-owned carrier considers future projects following an increase in profits, CEO Sebastian Mikosz told ATW in Warsaw.
Swiss International Air Lines A320
SWISS to add eight new destinations to its Geneva-based network
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has revealed its latest growth plans for Geneva.
Alitalia and Etihad Airway unveil a new Airbus A330-200 in Expo Milano 2015 live
European Commission clears Alitalia, Etihad Airways merger
The European Commission has cleared the merger of Alitalia and Etihad Airways, the two carriers announced Friday.
Airberlin Boeing 737s
Airberlin 3Q net profit down more than 50%
Oneworld member Airberlin reported a third-quarter net profit of €49.9 million ($62.2 million), down 50.5% compared to a net profit of €101 million in the year-ago period as it continues cost-cutting measures.
Swiss International Air Lines A330-300
CEO: SWISS invests in ‘Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland’ strategy 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) must become more “flexible, efficient and competitive,” CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW on the sidelines of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) summit in Istanbul.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 70
Austrian Airlines mulls more wet-lease contracts for Lufthansa Group 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is considering more wet-lease contracts for Lufthansa Group member airlines, CEO Jaan Albrecht told ATW in Vienna.
Condor Airlines Boeing 767-300ER
Condor Airlines to expand long-haul fleet
Frankfurt-based Condor Airlines add its 13th Boeing 767-300ER to its fleet in June 2015.
Turkish Airlines A321
Turkish Airlines reports nine-month net profit up 87%
Turkish Airlines has reported a nine-month net profit of TRY1.55 billion ($685 million), up 87% compared to the year-ago period.
UIA Boeing 737-800
CEO: Ukraine International needs funding to avoid cuts
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is facing massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region.

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