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.

Turkish Airlines A330-300
Kotil sees increasing value, benefits from alliances 
The value and benefits from airline alliances are reaching new levels, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines president and CEO Temel Kotil told ATW.
Austrian Airlines A320
Austrian Airlines to hire 160 pilots, 400 flight attendants 1
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is set to recruit 160 new pilots and 400 flight attendants as it expands bilateral air traffic between Austria to Germany.
Air Austral cancels order for two Airbus A380s 3
Réunion Island leisure carrier Air Austral has canceled an order for two Airbus A380s, which was placed in 2009.
Emirates A380
Emirates Airline orders two additional Airbus A380s
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has ordered two new Airbus A380s, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2017.
EgyptAir to boost Saudi Arabian network to 200 weekly flights
EgyptAir has added more than 50 weekly flights to several Saudi Arabian destinations this summer, which will boost the number of weekly flights to 200.
Austrian Airlines 777-200
Lufthansa Group to increase China services 
Lufthansa Group will increase its capacity in China by 24% this year, Lufthansa managing director-Greater China Juerg Christen told ATW in Shanghai.
Lufthansa Technik must improve workforce flexibility 
The maintenance and service market is expected to change significantly as more aircraft models with new technology, materials, components and engines enter operation, according to Hamburg-based MRO provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT).
Italian ATCs to strike April 9
Italy’s air navigation services provider ENAV plans to strike on April 9, affecting air travel to and from Italy, Eurocontrol confirmed via Twitter as it established a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair to invest $200 million in new base at Prague
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will invest $200 million to open a new base—its 84th—at Prague Airport from Oct. 31.
Austrian Airlines 777-200ER
Austrian Airlines to close Tokyo route, open Hong Kong service
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will end its route from Vienna to Tokyo Narita in September, and open a new service to Hong Kong.
India’s GoAir plans to take delivery of first A320neo in May
Mumbai-based GoAir, owned by the Wada Goup, plans to take delivery of its first Airbus A320neo in May if it is confident in the performance of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines powering the aircraft.
Airberlin appoints new FlyNiki managing director
Airberlin has appointed Oliver Lackmann as managing director of Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki, effective April 15.
Lufthansa Group, Singapore Airlines expand Asian codeshares
Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are expanding their codeshare agreements as part of a commercial joint venture that was concluded in November 2015.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair to add four 737s to Berlin Schoenefeld base
Irish budget carrier Ryanair plans to expand its base at Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport from five 189-seat Boeing 737-800s to nine of the type from October.
Greek ATCs call for 24-hour strike on April 7
Air traffic controllers in Greece will strike Thursday, April 7, for 24 hours, bringing delays and flight cancellations, as part of a nationwide government worker strike against pension cuts.
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Apr 21, 2016

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Apr 21, 2016

Customer choice 6

Airbus is hoping passengers will seek out its Airspace cabin and proactively buy flights because they are operated by Airbus products, but how many passengers actually know which aircraft type they are flying on?...More
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