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.

Investigation underway into Air France A380 engine failure
An investigation is underway after an Air France Airbus A380 made an unscheduled landing in Canada after one of its four engines failed.
International flights to Iraq’s Kurdish region suspended
Flights to northern Iraq’s Kurdish region have been suspended by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.
Lufthansa to use Boeing 747-400 on Frankfurt-Berlin route
Germany’s Lufthansa plans to operate Boeing 747-400s between Frankfurt and Berlin Tegel, citing high demand on the domestic route.
SunExpress reports solid winter capacity 
SunExpress, a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, plans to increase winter capacity throughout its network from the end of October.
Lufthansa A330-300
Lufthansa, Eurowings to take over several airberlin long-haul routes
Lufthansa will expand its long-haul network from Berlin and Dusseldorf from Nov. 8, as insolvent airberlin ceases long-haul flight operations by Oct. 15, as leasing companies gradually withdraw their A330 fleet.
KLM Airbus A330-200
Air France-KLM, GOL, to open Fortaleza hub
Air France-KLM and its Brazilian partner, São Paulo-based LCC GOL will open a third hub in Brazil with new flights to Fortaleza in the summer 2018 season.
Eurowings Airbus A320
Lufthansa Group approves $1.2 billion growth plan for Eurowings
Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved a €1 billion ($1.2 billion) investment to purchase and lease up to 61 aircraft for its LCC subsidiary Eurowings as the bidding process for parts of the insolvent airberlin continues.
Lufthansa names Karl-Ludwig Kley as supervisory board chairman
Lufthansa has elected Karl-Ludwig Kley as new supervisory board chairman, effective immediately, following the resignation of former board chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber Sept. 24.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin details Lufthansa, easyJet bids
Airberlin said negotiations with its short list of bidders, which include Lufthansa Group and UK LCC easyJet, for parts of the insolvent carrier will continue through Oct. 12.
Gallery: An exclusive look inside Airbus's new Tianjin A330 facility

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus opened an A330 Completion and Delivery Center in Tianjin, China, to strengthen its expansion and strategic partnership with China. The first aircraft, an Airbus A330-200, was delivered to Tianjin Airlines, the carrier’s fourth of the type.

Lufthansa airberlin aircraft
Lufthansa, easyJet emerge as preferred bidders for airberlin 
Lufthansa Group and UK-based LCC easyJet have been selected as preferred bidders for the main assets of the insolvent airberlin, the Germany carrier has confirmed.
Eurowings A330-200
Condor, Eurowings to take over airberlin Caribbean routes
German leisure carrier Condor and Lufthansa Group LCC Eurowings will launch flights to the Caribbean from Dusseldorf from Sept. 25, following the closure of airberlin’s long-haul routes to these regions.
Tianjin Airlines A330
Airbus A330 Tianjin completion center to strengthen China ties 
Airbus has opened an A330 Completion and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, to strengthen its expansion and strategic partnership with China.
Turkish Airlines opens new flight training center in Istanbul
Turkish Airlines has opened a new flight training center at Istanbul Atatürk Airport for its more than 4,000 pilots and 10,000 flight attendants.
Airbus projects Chinese airlines will need 60-100 A380s
Airbus forecasts 2,000 aircraft in China by 2020 
Airbus expects to have 2,000 aircraft operating in China before the end of 2020 as demand continues to rise. In addition, Airbus projects Chinese airlines will need 60-100 A380s over the next five to seven years.
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Oct 13, 2017

Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
Oct 6, 2017

Democratic route development

German LCC Eurowings has asked passengers to vote on potential new destinations, ticking boxes for passenger engagement, marketing and route development....More
Oct 2, 2017

Monarch’s fragile wings

The collapse of UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is bad for those travelers whose vacations are upended; worse for the almost 2,000 people who have lost their jobs with a company that has entered bankruptcy after 50 years of operating. But it should have come as no surprise, given what is happening in the European airline market....More
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