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.

Bird strike causes extensive damage to Turkish 737, lands safely
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800—enroute from Istanbul Ataturk to Nevşehir Kapadokya—flew through a flock of birds on final approach to Nevşehir on Tuesday, causing extensive damage to the aircraft’s radome.
Rendering of A350-900 in Lufthansa livery
Lufthansa: First Airbus A350 due to arrive in Munich at end of 2016
Lufthansa has confirmed its first Airbus A350-900 will be based at its second major hub in Munich at the end of 2016.
Germanwings A319
Germanwings brand to stay until pilot union dispute is resolved 
Lufthansa Group, which had planned to retire its low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Germanwings brand by integrating it into Eurowings by the end of the year, will keep it until the dispute with pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is resolved, a Germanwings spokesperson told ATW.
Lufthansa A300-600
Lufthansa Group swings to profit in 1Q
Lufthansa Group reported a first-quarter net profit of €425 million ($474.4 million), reversed from a €252 million loss in the year-ago quarter.
Lufthansa nominates Kay Kratky to head Austrian Airlines
Lufthansa has nominated Kay Kratky as CEO of subsidiary Austrian Airlines as of Aug. 1.
Airbus alarmed over reports of alleged industrial espionage 1
Airbus is alarmed about German media reports suggesting the German spy agency BND (Bundes Nachrichten Dienst) collected data on European firms, including Airbus, at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA).
Cargolux Boeing 747-800F
Cargolux posts $3 million profit for 2014
Luxemburg-based Cargolux has reported a 2014 profit of $3 million, down 64% from $8.4 million in 2013, despite a $40 million impairment on its Boeing 747-400F fleet and a provision for any potential anti-trust impact.
Lufthansa A319
CEO: Lufthansa Group must maintain ‘financial stability, sound profitability’ 
The Lufthansa Group must continue with “financial stability and sound profitability” to ensure the group’s sustainability, Group CEO Carsten Spohr said during a supervisory board meeting in Hamburg.
Airberlin A330-300
Airberlin posts record losses for 2014 on restructuring costs
Air Berlin has reported a €377 million loss ($458 million) in 2014, deepened 19% from a €315.5 million loss in the year-ago period.
TAP Portugal A330-200
TAP Portugal pilots to start 10-day strike May 1
Pilots from TAP Portugal and its associate Portugalia will begin a 10-day strike on Friday, May 1, in an ongoing dispute on the privatization process.
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa offers arbitration concession to pilot union
Lufthansa has offered its pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) general arbitration of all open collective wage agreements, as a concession to avoid new strikes.
ANA Boeing 787-9
ANA to launch first Boeing 787-9 international service
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce the Boeing 787-9 on its Tokyo Haneda-Munich route on May 5, becoming the first Japanese airline to use the type on international routes.
Croatia Airlines opens third MRO hangar in Zagreb 
Croatia Airlines has opened a third maintenance hangar in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of plans to increase its third-party MRO business.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
Ethiopian Airlines eyes long-term initiatives in Africa  1
Ethiopian Airlines is considering developing air carriers in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of South Sudan, an airline executive told ATW.
Reports: Startup Air Croatia temporarily suspends operations
Regional carrier Air Croatia—which began operations April 2 with a single wet-leased ATR 42 from Netherlands-based Denim Air—suspended all operations from April 23 due to financial constraints.

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