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.

Rendering of 777-300ER in SWISS livery
SWISS’s Boeing 777-300ERs to offer Internet in all three classes
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), which will take delivery of the first of nine Boeing 777-300ERs on Jan. 29, has unveiled details on its Internet connectivity in all three cabin classes.
Lufthansa to develop commercial applications for drone technology
Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) has signed an agreement with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI to develop commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone technology, for key customers.
O’Leary: European LCCs will feed long-haul services for legacy carriers 
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has confirmed his interest in providing long-haul services for European legacy carriers.
Lufthansa A321
Lufthansa, UFO union sign arbitration agreement
Lufthansa and the Independent Flight Attendants’ Organization (UFO) have agreed on arbitration talks, which will continue until June 30, 2016.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings Europe to hire 600 employees
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings Europe will hire 600 crewmembers as its fleet expands to 19 Airbus A320s by the end of 2017.
Lufthansa A320neo
Lufthansa Group to take delivery of 52 new aircraft in 2016 
Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 52 new aircraft in 2016, marking the highest number of new aircraft in one year in the company’s history, Lufthansa chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told ATW on the sidelines of the European Aviation Summit in Amsterdam.
Cargolux 747-800F
Cargolux finalizes China joint venture, eyes transpacific services
Luxemburg-based Cargolux has finalized a shareholder agreement and approved a $77 million investment for a new cargo joint venture (JV), Cargolux China.
Emirates A380
Vienna Airport to modify terminals to handle Airbus A380s 
Vienna International Airport is looking for ways to modify its terminal facility to handle Airbus A380s.
LOT Polish Airlines 787-8
LOT’s acting CEO predicts growth in 2017-18 will be risky 
LOT Polish Airlines acting CEO Marcin Celejewski says growth will be risky for Poland’s flag carrier in 2017-18 when it plans to expand its fleet and network as part of a strategy to double in size by 2020.
A320 in Etihad-airberlin partnership livery
German court permits most Etihad/airberlin codeshare flights
Airberlin has won a court appeal over codesharing rights with Etihad Airways, reversing an earlier judgment and allowing the two carriers to continue operating 26 out of 31 codeshare flights for the full winter schedule.
LOT Polish Airlines 737-400
LOT Polish Airlines launches Tokyo services 
LOT Polish Airlines has launched its first new long-haul route in four years with the introduction of 3X-weekly Warsaw-Tokyo Narita services using a Boeing 787-8.
Cargolux 747-800
Cargolux expected to establish China joint venture 
Luxemburg-based Cargolux is expected to finalize a shareholder agreement to establish a joint venture (JV), “Cargolux China,” next week.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair carries more than 100 million passengers in 2015 
Ireland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair said it transported 101.4 million passengers in 2015, becoming “the first airline to reach this international traffic landmark.”
Airberlin 737-800
Airberlin ends 2015 with increased capacity utilization 
Airberlin, which is undergoing an extensive restructuring process, said capacity cuts toward the end of 2015 enabled it to increase capacity utilization by 0.9 percentage points to 79.9% year-over-year.
Norwegian 737-800
Unions react as Norwegian UK applies for US flight permits 
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian UK has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption authority and a foreign air carrier permit (FACP) to allow services between Europe and the US, several media outlets have reported.
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 3, 2016

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Jan 26, 2016

Very shaky start for anti-US ATC privatization coalition

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