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.

LOT Polish Airlines to expand Budapest operations
Warsaw-based LOT Polish Airlines, which launched its first transatlantic services from Budapest, Hungary to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare in May, has added London City (LCY) services to its Hungarian network.
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Kenya Airways, Nairobi airport to merge
State-run national flag carrier Kenya Airways plans to merge with Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to compete with other state-owned carriers in Africa and the Middle East, such as Ethiopian Airlines and Emirates Airline.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
Ethiopian Airlines to open second Spanish route
Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations to launch 4X-weekly Addis Ababa-Barcelona El Prat (Spain) services beginning Aug. 1.
Saudi Arabian Airlines resumes Vienna services
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) relaunched direct flights to Vienna June 16, after an eight-year gap.
Gallery: Airbus opens fourth Hamburg A320 family FAL

Airbus has inaugurated the fourth Hamburg A320 Family production line. Making use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial set-up, the state-of-the-art line is a key enabler for ramping up the single-aisle program to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019.

ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann was on-site at the Airbus factory in Hamburg Finkenwerder

Swiss regional SkyWork Airlines adds sixth Saab 2000
Swiss regional SkyWork Airlines plans to add a sixth Saab 2000 turboprop to its fleet, which will be used on the carrier’s regional network from its Berne home base.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air uses A320 to open Vienna base
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air launched operations at its Vienna, Austria base on June 14, with one Airbus A320.
Emirates Airbus A380
Emirates CEO reveals premium-economy class details 
Dubai-based Emirates Airline CEO Tim Clark has revealed details of a new premium-economy class, which will be introduced on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleets from 2020.
Royal Jordanian Airbus A330-200
CEO: Royal Jordanian Amman hub connectivity must improve 
Royal Jordanian Airlines must increase the transfer business at its Amman hub and further develop its network system, president & CEO Stefan Pichler told ATW.
Avianca Boeing 787-8
CEO: Avianca, Avianca Brasil merger needs more time for approval 
The merger between Avianca Brasil and Avianca Colombia is taking more time than expected, Avianca Brasil CEO Jose Efromovich told ATW.
Air Mauritius eyes alliance with Kenya Airways, South African Airways 
Air Mauritius is looking to form an alliance with Kenya Airways and South African Airways (SAA) as rising fuel prices and exchange rate fluctuations create pressure on the Indian Ocean-based carrier, CEO Somas Appavou said.
Jazeera Airways Airbus A320neo
Jazeera Airways takes Middle East’s first A320neo for network expansion
Kuwaiti hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, the first of the type to be based in the Middle East.
EasyJet Airbus A320
EasyJet Europe becomes Austria’s largest airline
EasyJet Europe has become Austria’s largest airline after registering more than 100 aircraft in Austria since the launch of the Vienna-based LCC in July 2017.
Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800
Kenya Airways considers Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2 order
Kenya Airways is evaluating an order of up to 20 Bombardier CSeries or Embraer E2 regional jets.
RwandAir Airbus A330
RwandAir to add Airbus A330neo, Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
RwandAir will take delivery of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737 MAX 8s in 2019 and has confirmed new services to the US and China.
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