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.

Lufthansa A320neo
Lufthansa Group to take 10 A320neos in 2017
Lufthansa Group—which took delivery of its fifth Airbus A320neo on Dec. 29, 2016—expects to receive 10 more of the type in 2017.
Condor Boeing 757-300
Germany’s Condor outlines new Italy network strategy
German leisure carrier Condor Airlines has outlined a new Italy network strategy to offer travelers alternatives in important markets such as Turkey, which has seen slowed bookings and decreased demand because of its unstable geopolitical climate in 2016.
Austrian Airlines outlines airberlin wet-lease operations
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will expand European services with 46 additional frequencies in the 2017 summer flight schedule, effective March 26, 2017, using five wet-leased airberlin Airbus A320s.
SunExpress commercial director Peter Glade
SunExpress to report solid 2016 performance 
SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is expected to report a solid 2016 performance, despite “challenging conditions” for the airline industry in the tourism sector—including a series of terrorist bombings and a failed coup attempt in Turkey, which depressed yields and slowed bookings because of decreased demand.
Singapore Airlines to increase northern summer frequencies
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase flight frequencies to points in Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia in the northern summer season from March 26-Oct. 28, 2017, to meet growing travel demand.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings to open Munich base in 2017
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings will open a base in Munich, Germany, in March 2017.
Lufthansa A350 XWB
Lufthansa takes delivery of first Airbus A350 XWB
Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first of 25 Airbus A350-900s.
INTERVIEW: Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab
Kurt Hofmann interviewed Mark Schwab in Rio de Janeiro in December, where the Alliance celebrated the opening of a dedicated lounge at Rio’s Galeão–Tom Jobim International Airport. Schwab joined Star from United Airlines in 2011. He retires Jan. 1 and will be succeeded by COO Jeffrey Goh.
Airberlin names Thomas Winkelmann CEO
Airberlin has named Thomas Winkelmann as its new CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. He will replace Stefan Pichler.
SAS, Singapore Airlines extend codeshare agreement 
Star Alliance members SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) are expanding their codeshare cooperation as part of a joint venture (JV) agreement that was signed in 2012.
Lufthansa, pilot union agree to arbitration 
Lufthansa and the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilot union have agreed to arbitration by the end of January 2017, in an effort to resolve a pay dispute that has resulted in repeated strikes.
Airberlin A320
Lufthansa, Etihad finalize codeshare, wet lease of 38 airberlin aircraft 
Germany’s Lufthansa Group and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group have finalized a codeshare deal and wet-lease agreement for 38 airberlin Airbus A319/A320 aircraft operating for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air to launch new Varna services; CFO resigns 
Budapest-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air plans to open its 27th base at Bulgaria’s Varna Airport, from July 21, 2017, with one new Airbus A320.
Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr
Lufthansa acquires Brussels Airlines, to become part of Eurowings 
Lufthansa Group has taken over 100% of SN Airholding, the parent company of Brussels Airlines, in a deal to fully integrate the Belgian carrier into Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group in 2018.
Munich aims to become Germany’s first carbon-neutral airport 
Munich Airport has approved an ambitious climate protection concept to become Germany’s first airport to achieve carbon-neutral operations.
Blogs & Commentary
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MH370 becomes a ghost ship

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