Kurt Hofmann

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.

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Lufthansa A321
Vereinigung Cockpit says more pilot strikes possible
Lufthansa’s pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) will not rule out further strikes over transition payments for early retirees, a spokesperson told ATW in Frankfurt on Friday after a two-day strike nears an end for its Germanwings low-cost subsidiary.
ANA Boeing 787-9
ANA names VP Katanozaka as new CEO, updates fleet development
All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent ANA Holdings has named senior EVP Shinya Katanozaka as president and CEO, succeeding Shinichiro Ito, who will take over as chairman April 1.
Deutsche Bahn to file separate price-fixing lawsuit against 11 airlines 
German rail operator Deutsche Bahn—along with several other unnamed companies—is set to file a billion-euro lawsuit seeking damages from 11 air cargo carriers, including Lufthansa and British Airways, for allegedly operating a price-fixing cartel from 1999-2006.
Turkish Airlines A340-300
Turkish Airlines to launch Abuja, Manila and Taipei service in March
Turkish Airlines plans to extend services in Africa by adding 5X-weekly flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Abuja/Nigeria, its 38th destination in the continent, from March 3.
Germanwings A319
Germanwings pilots to strike Thursday and Friday
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called for a 48-hour pilot strike Thursday and Friday for Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings, the latest in a series of ongoing protests over transition payments for early retirees.
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines considers Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777X
Ethiopian Airlines is evaluating the Airbus A350-1000 and the Boeing 777X as it considers further widebody order plans, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has confirmed to ATW.
EuroLOT Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Reports: EuroLOT to be liquidated April 1
Warsaw-based EuroLOT has blocked all bookings beyond March 31 following ongoing financial problems.
ANA Cargo 767-300ER freighter
ANA extends Okinawa cargo hub, freighter fleet to grow  1
Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to extend its dedicated freighter hub in Okinawa for its midnight express and intra-Asia/Japanese domestic network.
ATW Photo Gallery-Onboard the Lufthansa 747-8I
A selection of photos from ATW's Aviation Editor Kurt Hofmann aboard the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I aircraft.
Security personnel at three German airports to strike Monday
German public services trade union Verdi has called for a one-day strike Monday of security personnel at Hanover, Hamburg and Stuttgart airports, causing canceled flights and delays for several thousand passengers.
Lufthansa Cargo CEO: ANA cargo JV positive
The joint venture (JV) begun Dec. 1 by German Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) and Japan-based ANA Cargo is already a success for both partners.
Tokyo airports to add 79,000 annual flight movements by 2020 
Both Tokyo airports—Haneda and Narita International—are working on further expansion plans, which could be achieved by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport Terminal 3 under construction
Tokyo’s Narita airport to open low-cost carrier terminal in April
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport plans to open its dedicated low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal in early April.
Air Astana economy sleeper class onboard a Boeing 757
Air Astana introduces economy sleeper class on 757 services to Europe
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana has introduced an economy sleeper class on Boeing 757 services from Astana to London and Frankfurt from Feb. 3; Paris will be added March 29.
Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 767-300
Canada approves Ukraine International Airlines for scheduled flights
Transport Canada Aviation Security has approved Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) for a Canadian foreign air operator’s certificate (FAOC), which permits scheduled passenger services from Ukraine to Canada.

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