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.

Vienna International Airport
Austrian court blocks Vienna airport expansion
An Austrian court has blocked plans for a third runway at Vienna International Airport on environmental concerns, a ruling the airport intends to appeal.
Transavia Boeing 737-700
Transavia to close Munich base by October
Air France-KLM low-cost carrier (LCC) Transavia will shut down its base in Munich, Germany, by Oct. 31, the company said in a statement.
Gallery: On board the SWISS CS100's stunning flight to St. Moritz

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the Official Airline of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2017 in St. Moritz and normally operates its Bombardier CS100 aircraft on scheduled flights throughout Europe. The aircraft, which is not built to fly in airshows, delivered three stunning flight displays accompanied by the Patrouille Suisse, the Swiss Air Force’s air display team, above the ski mountain resort of St. Moritz.

ATW Correspondent Kurt Hofmann was exclusively invited to join an unusual trip for an civil airliner aircraft and its pilots. 

Air Astana A320neo
CEO: Air Astana evaluates A319neo, expects A321neo delivery delay 
Air Astana is conducting a fleet study that may result in taking Embraer E2, Bombardier CSeries or Airbus A319neo aircraft, according to president Peter Foster.
Hamburg Airport reopens after toxin sickens 68 people
Germany’s Hamburg Airport terminals 1 and 2 were temporarily closed Sunday, Feb. 12 after passengers and staff complained of nausea at the central security checkpoint.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Kjos: Norwegian to open two US bases, launch Argentina service 
Fast-expanding low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian plans to open two more US bases, which are in addition to New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports.
Wet-leased airberlin A320s begin service for Eurowings
Three airberlin Airbus A320s operating in Eurowings colors launched Feb. 10 from Hamburg to Manchester, Stuttgart and Nuremberg.
Royal Jordanian Boeing 787-8
Royal Jordanian completes long-haul fleet harmonization
Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) completed its long-haul fleet harmonization process Jan. 24, after taking delivery of the final Boeing 787-8 out of an order for seven.
Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos and Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary
Ryanair, Norwegian to start feeder flights this summer
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair and LCC Norwegian plan to start joint feeder flights from summer 2017 onward.
SWISS 777-300ER inspected after unscheduled landing in Canadian Arctic
A Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) Boeing 777-300ER is being inspected after making an unscheduled landing in Iqaluit, Canada.
Turkish Aerospace aims to increase global presence 
Ankara-based Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is on a drive to increase revenues substantially and grow its international presence under new president and CEO Temel Kotil who leads the company after leaving his position as CEO of Turkish Airlines.
Gallery: Lufthansa presents first A350 with new cabin interior

Lufthansa unveiled the first of 25 Airbus A350-900s in Munich after Lufthansa Technik completed the cabin installation. The aircraft—which was delivered to Lufthansa in December 2016—is scheduled to begin Munich-Delhi services Feb. 10.

Lufthansa A350-900
Lufthansa unveils first A350 XWB with new cabin interior
Lufthansa unveiled the first of 25 Airbus A350-900s Feb. 2 in Munich after Lufthansa Technik completed the cabin installation.
Flydubai Boeing 737-800
Flydubai reports $8.6 million profit in 2016
Dubai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) flydubai posted a 2016 net income of AED31.6 million ($8.6 million) for 2016, down 69% from net income of AED100.7 million in 2015.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 27, 2017

Express cargo’s big shift

Express cargo companies are scrambling to keep up with the e-commerce monster they helped spawn....More
Feb 16, 2017

Not all US domestic routes are created equal

For years, US airlines basically treated a 45-90-minute hop the same as a 5-hour transcontinental flight....More
Jan 30, 2017

Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was happening in light of the Trump travel ban that ignited protests over the weekend....More
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