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 Djibouti to commence cargo operations in late 2015
East Africa-based Air Djibouti, the Republic of Djibouti’s new national carrier, has confirmed it is on schedule to commence cargo operations later this year and add passenger services in 2016.
Rendering of A320 in Eurowings’ livery
Lufthansa LCC Eurowings to operate under two Austrian AOCs 
Lufthansa, which is transforming its Eurowings subsidiary into a pan-European platform to operate low-cost flights from several bases outside Germany, will place the carrier’s two air operator’s certificates (AOC) in Austria.
India’s GoAir appoints Prock-Schauer as new CEO
Mumbai-based GoAir has appointed Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as CEO, succeeding Giorgio De Roni.
Aegean Airlines A321
Aegean Airlines slightly narrows Q1 loss as capacity increases
Greece’s Aegean Airlines has reported a first-quarter net loss of €8.3 million, slightly narrowed from a €8.4 million loss in the year-ago period.
People wait at the departure hall of Brussels airport in Zaventem.
ATC technical failure closes Belgian airspace
An air traffic control technical failure closed Belgian airspace Wednesday morning, which caused hundreds of flights to be either canceled or diverted.
New Berlin Brandenburg Airport expects to open in 2H of 2017
The new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) now expects open in the second half of 2017.
Wizz Air A320 in new livery
Wizz Air to launch new Vilnius services after Air Lituanica closure
Eastern European-based Wizz Air will launch two additional routes from Vilnius, Lithuania, after Air Lituanica ceased operations, offering rescue fares to passengers.
Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER
Air Astana opens training center for engineers in Almaty
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana has opened a training center for engineers in Almaty, with certification in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147 standards by Kazakh and European aviation authorities.
Lufthansa aircraft tails at Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa evaluates task force on random cockpit crew checks 1
Lufthansa is considering setting up a task force to evaluate implementing random medical checks of pilots to improve safety in the cockpit, Lufthansa spokesperson Barbara Schaedler told ATW in an email.
Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F
Lufthansa Group airlines used less fuel in 2014
Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines operated more efficiently in 2014, using an average of 3.84 liters of kerosene in 2014, to carry a passenger 100 km, a 1.6% improvement over the previous year (2013: 3.91 l/100pkm).
Air Malta A320
Reports: Turkish Airlines eyes strategic alliance with Air Malta
Turkish Airlines is evaluating a strategic alliance with Air Malta, which may include a partial investment or a complete takeover of Air Malta, according to several Maltese media reports.
Luxair Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
LuxairGroup’s net profit soars in 2014
Luxembourg-based aviation company LuxairGroup, parent of Luxair, reported a 2014 net profit of €9.7 million ($11.8 million), a more than fivefold increase from €1.9 million in the year-ago period.
Tajikistan’s Somon Air names new CEO
Tajikistan-based Somon Air has named Eugenio Jaime Manzano as its new CEO.
From left, outgoing CEO Jaan Albrecht with incoming CEO Kay Kratky
CEO: Austrian Airlines eyes cautious growth as competition intensifies 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to follow a cautious growth path after restructuring as competition grows more intense.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787
LOT Polish Airlines CEO: Airlines are difficult to sell 
LOT Polish Airlines is raising the prospect of an initial public offering (IPO) following the carrier’s reported first profit for seven years for 2014, according to several European media outlets.

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