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.

EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER
EgyptAir to resume flights to Japan
EgyptAir will resume flights to Japan after four years of interruption.
TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
TAAG Angola Airlines expects another challenging year
South Africa-based TAAG Angola Airlines continues to struggle in a difficult operating environment in Africa, CCO William Boulter told ATW in an exclusive interview last week at the IATA AGM in Cancun.
Lufthansa A380
Lufthansa to move five A380s from Frankfurt to Munich
Lufthansa will transfer five of 14 Airbus A380s from its Frankfurt home base to Munich starting from summer 2018.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin asks for state aid
Airberlin has asked the governments of Berlin and North-Rhine Westphalia for a guarantee application.
Air India Boeing 777-200LR
Air India considers Los Angeles, Houston nonstop services 
Air India is evaluating new nonstop flights from India to Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas, as the Indian flag carrier continues its international expansion.
Iran Air to take first Boeing 777-300ER in April 2018
Iran Air expects to take delivery of its first new Boeing 777-300ER in April 2018, chairman and MD Farhad Parvaresh told ATW at the IATA AGM in Cancun.
SAS A330-300
CEO: SAS on track to open bases in London, southern Spain 
SAS Scandinavian Airlines is on track to launch two bases in London and southern Spain, with a total of nine aircraft, which are expected to operate at a 30% lower cost compared to SAS mainline operations.
Enders: Gulf region remains relevant for Airbus
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said the Gulf region remains “important and relevant” for the Toulouse-based manufacturer, despite growing geopolitical uncertainties.
FlyNiki A320
Etihad, airberlin outline FlyNiki’s future
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group and Germany-based airberlin have confirmed the sale of Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki.
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy
Airbus forecast: Airlines to need nearly 35,000 aircraft by 2036
Airbus has forecast a need for 34,170 passenger and 730 freighter aircraft, worth a combined total of $5.3 trillion, by 2036, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2017-2036 presented June 9.
Bangkok Airways A319
Bangkok Airways considers Airbus A319neo, A321ceo 
Thailand-based Bangkok Airways is evaluating the Airbus A319neo and A321ceo to be able to add more destinations and increase frequencies on existing routes.
TUIfly Boeing 737-800
Etihad, TUI Group call off plans for new leisure airline
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday company TUI Group have ended plans to establish a new European leisure airline group.
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
CEO: Kenya Airways has potential to be major African carrier 
Kenya Airways has all the ingredients to become a major player in Africa following restructuring over the last two years, CEO Sebastian Mikosz told ATW at the IATA AGM in Cancun.
Air France A320
Air France: Pilots in control of Boost future
Air France-KLM’s new subsidiary Boost project is on track, but pilots will ultimately control the destiny of the company’s proposed new long-haul operation.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines targets 3Q 2018 for A380 charter carrier 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad said it has received global interest from the tourism industry to be part of a dedicated Airbus A380 charter business concept targeting pilgrimage traffic.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 27, 2017

The subsidy irony of Anderson’s new gig

Amtrak’s pick of former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson to be its president and CEO provides exactly the sort of tough leadership that the woefully-inadequate US passenger rail line needs....More
Jun 23, 2017

Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to employees....More
Jun 22, 2017

Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker defiant in face of blockade, laptop ban

The diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Gulf neighbors has not thwarted Qatar Airways’ ambitions....More
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