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.

SriLankan Airlines cuts European services
Oneworld member SriLankan Airlines will close two out of three European services this fall.
Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 first flight
CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type.
Gallery-Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of first A350 XWB
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the East African carrier, which also becomes the first African A350 XWB operator. The airline’s first aircraft, on lease from AerCap, arrived in Addis Ababa on June 29th, 2016.
Turkish Airlines 777-300ER
Turkish CEO: Yields under pressure as transfer business grows
Turkish Airlines is feeling pressure on yields as it grows its transfer business to compensate for a drop in local demand caused by political and economic instabilities in Turkey and Europe.
Interview - Bernd Hildenbrand, COO Pakistan International Airlines
Bernd Hildenbrand is tasked with overseeing a modernization of PIA that aims to improve service and grow the carrier’s network, market share and customer base.
Meridiana MD-82
Deadline looms for Meridiana-Qatar Airways deal
A June 26 deadline is rapidly approaching to conclude negotiations that would allow Qatar Airways to take a major stake in Italian carrier Meridiana.
Qatar Airways confirms interest in Royal Air Maroc partnership 
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Bakar has confirmed his interest in a strategic joint business partnership in Africa’s Royal Air Maroc (RAM), which was unveiled in May 2015.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings Europe launches operations
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe has launched its first flight from Vienna to Alicante June 23.
China Airlines A330-300
Taiwan’s China Airlines’ flight attendants strike
Taiwan-based China Airlines’ flight attendants are set to strike Friday, the first airline strike in Taiwanese history, over changes in working conditions.
Emirates A380
Emirates upgrades Auckland services with A380
Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to operate its daily nonstop Dubai-Auckland services with an Airbus A380-800 from Oct. 30, less than a year after switching from a Boeing 777-200LR.
France hit again by ATC strike
French air traffic controllers (ATC) have called another strike for Thursday, June 23, which is expected to last for 35 hours and will see the cancellation of delays and more than 200 flights, European lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) said.
Walsh: Alliances exist because ‘we can’t pursue consolidation’  1
International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh believes airline alliances would not exist if the aviation industry was not so restricted by ownership controls.
VLM Airlines Fokker 50
Belgium’s VLM Airlines files for bankruptcy
Belgian regional VLM Airlines has confirmed it has filed for bankruptcy. “All flights are canceled with immediate effect,” VLM said in a statement June 22.
Eurowings A330-300
Spohr: Eurowings must grow quickly to survive 
Lufthansa low-cost subsidiary Eurowings must grow quickly to about 100 aircraft to remain competitive in the market, Lufthansa chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told ATW.
Italian ATC to strike again July 23; calls on EC to ‘act immediately’
Italian air traffic controllers (ATC) will strike again Saturday, July 23, which could result in numerous flight cancellations during one of the busiest summer holiday travel days, European lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a June 17 statement.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 29, 2016

Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem

Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after it was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
Jun 29, 2016

Ataturk attack calls for reevaluation of airport security

If there is going to be screening, it has to be done somewhere, and therefore some crowding somewhere is inevitable....More
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