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.

Articles
Lufthansa tails
Lufthansa flight attendants give June 30 deadline to avoid strikes
Lufthansa flight attendant union said it would announce several strike actions July 1 if an agreement has not been reached by June 30 over pay and pension benefits.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787
LOT cyberattack grounds 1,400 passengers at Warsaw airport
Star Alliance carrier LOT Polish Airlines was forced to cancel 11 out of 200 scheduled flights Sunday at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport after its computers were hacked, grounding 1,400 passengers.
Clark: Emirates could double in size at Dubai World Central 
Emirates Airline could double in size with the opening of the new Dubai World Central Airport (DWC), which is scheduled to be completed by 2023, Emirates president Tim Clark told journalists on the sidelines of the IATA AGM recently in Miami.
ATW Photo Gallery - Swiss CS100 arrives in Zurich
The Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CSeries that was on display at the Paris Air Show arrived in Zurich where it will be demonstrated in advance of Swiss becoming the launch operator for the CS100 in mid-2016.
Air France A380
CEO: Air France accelerates Perform 2020 plan
Air France will accelerate implementing its Perform 2020 strategic plan, following increased pressure on unit revenue since April.
Swiss International Air Lines CS100 on static display at the Paris Air Show
Swiss Bombardier CS100 moves from Le Bourget to Zurich
The Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CSeries that was on display at the Paris Air Show has flown to Zurich, where it will be demonstrated in advance of Swiss becoming the launch operator for the CS100 in mid-2016.
Rendering of A350-900 in Finnair livery
CEO: Finnair eyes new narrowbody fleet; A350 to set stage for growth  1
Finnair is in the process of selecting its future narrowbody fleet, CEO Pekka Vauramo told ATW on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Miami.
SAS 787-800
CEO: SAS still finalizing details on pilots’ seniority status 
SAS Scandinavian Airlines, which last month approved the last of four collective bargaining agreements with all four pilot unions, is still finalizing details on seniority status.
TAP Portugal A330-200
Portugal sells 61% stake in TAP to JetBlue founder
The Portuguese government has sold its 61% stake in TAP Portugal to the Gateway consortium, a joint venture (JV) between JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines founder David Neeleman and Portuguese bus company Barranquiro Group.
Tim Clark: Search for missing MH370 may soon end without results 1
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark told journalists on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Miami that it is only a matter of time before the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end.
Rendering of A330-200 in RwandAir livery
Africa’s RwandAir to operate long-haul flights to China, Europe 
RwandAir, the flag carrier of the central African state of Rwanda, is preparing to operate its first widebody aircraft on long-haul routes to Asia and Europe.
AACO: The Open Skies debate is damaging the industry 
The debate between US carriers and the big three Gulf carriers is damaging the aviation industry, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) secretary general Abdul Teffaha told ATW in Miami on the sidelines of the IATA AGM.
Air France CEO: Capacity discipline on North Atlantic routes is crucial
Shifting too much capacity from unprofitable long-haul routes to North Atlantic networks could cause a drop in yield, Air France chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Miami.
South African Airways A320
South African Airways switches A320 order to A330s 
South African Airways (SAA) is in the final stages of swapping out an existing order for 10 Airbus A320s for five A330s.
LOT CEO seeks to step up Star involvement
LOT Polish Airlines is focused on how to reap more benefits from its 10-year membership with the Star Alliance, CEO Sebastian Mikosz told ATW.

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