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.

FlyNiki CEO Christian Lesjak
Austria’s FlyNiki to reduce network as demand weakens 
Austria-based FlyNiki, an airberlin subsidiary, is reducing capacity as demand weakens and sanctions against Russia influence bookings.
Zweibrücken Airport to continue operations until Nov. 2
Germany’s Zweibrücken Airport, which declared insolvency at the end of July, is expected to continue operations through Nov. 2, according to insolvency administrator Jan Markus Plathner.
Lufthansa A319
New Lufthansa long-haul LCC to begin operations in fall 2015
Lufthansa said it plans to start operations of a new long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) for intercontinental and European services in fall 2015, most likely from Munich and Düsseldorf or Cologne.
Romania’s Tarom reportedly eyeing long-haul comeback Sept. 16
Romanian flag-carrier Tarom is aiming to relaunch Bucharest Otopeni-Beijing services from Sept. 16, according to several local media reports.
Finnair A330-300 and A340-300 at Helsinki
Finnair CEO considers ramifications of a proposed Trans-Siberian routes ban 
Finnair management has expressed concerns that if Russian authorities suspend trans-Siberian routes for European carriers in response to European Union sanctions, airlines could see increases in flight times, fuel consumption and cabin crew wages—which would give a competitive advantage to airlines from other regions, such as Asian carriers.
Airbus A350 XWB on a recent route proving tour that included Frankfurt Airport
Fraport granted building permit for Frankfurt T3 construction
Fraport AG, which owns and operates Frankfurt Airport, has received a building permit from the City of Frankfurt for the construction of Terminal 3 (T3).
ATW Photo Gallery-Finnair presents A350 XWB cabin configuration
A selection of photos from Finnair's press day at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo in Helsinki
Finnair presents Airbus A350-900 cabin, announces first routes 
Finnair will become the first carrier in Europe to operate the Airbus A350-900 when it takes delivery of the first of the type in 2015.
Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800
Ukraine International Airlines to reroute flights around Russia
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has been forced to reroute flights following Russia’s decision last week to ban Ukrainian flights over its territory.
Lufthansa A340-300
Lufthansa Group extends Erbil suspension, detours around Iraq airspace
The Lufthansa Group will continue to suspend flights to Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq until further notice, following a reassessment of the security situation in Iraq.
Air France launches Paris-Miami service 
Air France announced that it is operating its Airbus A380 on the Paris Charles de Gaulle-Miami route starting from Dec. 1 until March 28, 2015.

CityJet Avro RJ85
Intro Aviation in final talks to replace CityJet’s Avro RJ85 fleet 
German investor Intro Aviation—which acquired Irish regional CityJet and its subsidiary Belgium-based VLM in April—is in final talks with aircraft manufacturers to replace CityJet’s Avro RJ85 fleet.
Lufthansa A380
Lufthansa Group: Aircraft insurance fees remain stable—for now 
In the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17—a Boeing 777-200ER that crashed over Ukraine July 17, killing all 298 on board—there has been industry-wide chatter about whether aircraft insurance companies will increase fees, especially when flying over war territories.
DFS Munich tower
German air navigation services provider DFS to increase airline fees 30% 1
German air navigation services provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has confirmed plans to increase charges 30% from next year, pending approval by the European Commission, which is expected to rule in November.
Vienna Airport to sell stake in Friedrichshafen Airport
Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG) will sell its entire 25.15% stake in Germany-based Flughafen Friedrichshafen GmbH, transferring equal shares to the city of Friedrichshafen and the Bodensee district.

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