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 Technik Puerto Rico construction
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico eyes A320 family aircraft 
Lufthansa Technik’s (LHT) new Puerto Rico MRO facility at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla is set to open in July.
Interview — Emirates Airline President Tim Clark
What is your response to the report commissioned by American, Delta and United that alleges Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are receiving billions of dollars of state subsidies?
TAP Portugal A330-200
TAP Portugal pilots announce 10-day strike beginning May 1
TAP Portugal’s Pilots Union SPAC has announced a 10-day strike from May 1 to protest the ongoing privatization process.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines to adjust North American operations 
Ethiopian Airlines is switching its European technical landing hub from Rome Fiumicino to Dublin from May 15, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has confirmed to ATW.
Etihad Airways A380
Hogan: Etihad delivers significant benefits to Europe 
Etihad Airways contributes considerable benefits to the European economy, Etihad president and CEO James Hogan told European Commission Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in response to “protectionist competitors” that threaten the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s ability to provide jobs and invest in partner airlines.
FlyNiki A320
FlyNiki abandons Bratislava base, extends Finnair codeshare
Austria-based airberlin subsidiary FlyNiki has dropped plans to establish a base in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, the airline has confirmed to ATW.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-400
LOT Polish Airlines reports first profit in seven years in 2014
LOT Polish Airlines reported a 2014 annual net profit on its core business of PLN99 million ($26 million), reversed from a PLN67 million loss in the year-ago period.
Frankfurt Airport Terminal 3 construction to begin in late 2015
Construction of Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) Terminal 3 (T3) will begin in late 2015, Fraport AG owner and operator has announced.
Airbus A320 in Etihad and airberlin livery
German authorities continue to question airberlin, Etihad codeshare
German aviation authorities are again questioning the continuation of codeshare routes for the upcoming winter schedule between Etihad Airways and its strategic equity partner airberlin.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER in special livery
Turkish Airlines launches nonstop services to San Francisco

Turkish Airlines has inaugurated 5X-weekly Boeing 777-300ER service from Istanbul Ataturk to San Francisco, California. This is the Istanbul-based carrier’s second destination in California and its 11th service in the Americas.

EgyptAir A330-200
EgyptAir expects a stable summer 2015 schedule
Star Alliance member EgyptAir said that its 2015 summer schedule will be stable in terms of frequencies compared to last year. The summer schedule runs through Oct. 24.
Emirates Airline A380
Emirates Airline to launch first dual-class A380 service to Copenhagen
Emirates Airline has announced its first Airbus A380 service in a dual-class cabin layout (without first class) on the Dubai-Copenhagen route from Dec. 1.
Rendering of A350-900 in Finnair livery
Finnair to introduce first onboard Wi-Fi service in the fall
Finnair has approved an investment program for bringing Wi-Fi connectivity to the majority of its widebody and narrowbody fleet.
Cargolux 747-8F
Cargolux to transfer second 747F to Italian subsidiary
Cargolux plans to transfer a second Boeing 747 freighter to its subsidiary Cargolux Italia, again stirring up fears of social dumping.
Turkish Airlines A330-300
Turkish Airlines to lease five additional Airbus A330s
Turkish Airlines will expand its widebody operations by adding five Airbus A330s to its fleet, a spokesperson confirmed to ATW.

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