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.

Air Astana Boeing 767-300
Air Astana 2018 net profit down 86% on higher costs
Air Astana posted a declared unaudited net profit of $5.3 million in 2018, down 86.4% from a net profit of $39.1 million in 2017, driven by higher jet fuel costs despite higher revenues.
Hundreds of flights canceled ahead of Belgian ATC strike
A planned 24-hour strike by Belgian air traffic controllers set to begin the evening of Feb. 12 has led to hundreds of flight cancellations.
SWISS A220-100
SWISS to expand Geneva-based A220 fleet
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will expand its Geneva-based short-haul fleet by adding three A220s, for a total of 10 aircraft—comprising seven A220-300s and three -100s—by June 2019.
LaudaMotion Airbus A320
LaudaMotion to double A320 fleet at Palma de Mallorca
Irish LCC Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion will double its Palma de Mallorca, Spain-based fleet from two to four Airbus A320s beginning in June.
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9
Royal Jordanian, Etihad ink strategic codeshare agreement
Oneworld member Royal Jordanian (RJ) and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will codeshare on routes to Asia, Australia, Europe, North Africa and Canada, from Feb. 15.
Air Senegal A330-900
Air Senegal outlines A330neo routes, Dakar hub development
Air Senegal is set to take delivery of its first of two Airbus A330neos soon, and is targeting using its home base at Dakar Blaise-Diagne International Airport as a hub for Western Africa.
El Al Boeing 767-300ER
El Al Israel Airlines retires final Boeing 767
El Al Israel Airlines has retired its last Boeing 767-300ER, 36 years after the widebody aircraft entered service.
Brussels Airlines A319
Brussels Airlines cancels all flights ahead of Belgium national strike
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines has scrapped its entire schedule of 222 flights for Feb. 13 because of industrial action across various stakeholders operating at Brussels Airport, as part of a wider national strike in Belgium.
Blue Air Boeing 737-800
Germany OKs Zeitfracht Group stake in Romania’s Blue Air
The German Federal Cartel Office has approved the purchase of shares in Romania’s LCC Blue Air by Berlin-based logistics group Zeitfracht in an expansion bid.
Waiting area all classes
SWISS modernizes dedicated concourse at Zurich Airport
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) unveiled an upgraded concourse in Zurich Airport’s Check-in 1 on Feb. 5 with a fresh new look and check-in desk concept, waiting zones and screen displays for passengers in all travel classes.
Adria Airways CRJ900
Austrian Airlines to wet lease two Adria Airways CRJ900s
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines will wet lease two Bombardier CRJ900s from Slovenia-based Adria Airways from March 31 to secure and stabilize operations for the summer 2019 season.
Alliance Airlines Fokker F100
Austrian sells final 8.3% stake in Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines
Austrian Airlines has sold its remaining 8.31% stake in Brisbane, Australia-based charter and regional carrier Alliance Airlines, according to a notice to the Australian Securities and Exchange Commission, dated Feb. 1.
TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-200
TAP reports 11.3% traffic growth on African routes in 2018
TAP Air Portugal carried 15.8 million passengers in 2018, up 10.4% from the previous year, with European routes outside Portugal accounting for the bulk of the increase, the airline reported.
Emirates A380
Emirates, China Southern sign codeshare partnership
Emirates Airline and China Southern Airlines have signed an MOU to pursue a codeshare agreement.
Condor Boeing 757-300
Condor expands fleet for summer operations
German leisure carrier Condor will add six aircraft for the summer 2019 season to expand services and secure operations, especially punctuality.
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Feb 14, 2019

Adieu, A380

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Is Europe at a turning point?

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Jan 18, 2019

The consequences for aviation of government failure

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