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 Cargo 777F
Lufthansa Cargo takes over time:matters Group
Germany’s Lufthansa Cargo has taken over complete ownership of time:matters Group, a company specializing in global same-day delivery and time-critical international spare part logistics.
Austrian Airlines to launch first US West Coast flights 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will evaluate 6X-weekly Vienna-Los Angeles services from 2017, which would become Austrian's first route to the US West Coast.
Airberlin to introduce business class on European routes
Airberlin and its Austria-based subsidiary FlyNiki will introduce business class on German domestic and European flights this year.
Malaysia Airlines A330-300
Malaysia Airlines appoints new CCO
Malaysia Airlines has appointed Arved von zur Muehlen as CCO, effective Sept. 5, succeeding Paul Simmons who will be leaving in mid-September.
Lufthansa reports near-miss with UAV in Munich
Germany’s Lufthansa has confirmed an incident involving a near-miss between an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, and a Lufthansa Airbus A321 on approach to Munich Airport Aug. 4.
ASL Boeing 737 freighter overshoots runway at Bergamo
An ASL Airlines Boeing 737-400F overshot the runway at Bergamo al Serio airport near Milan in Italy early Friday morning, Aug. 5.
SWISS Airbus A330
SWISS temporarily suspends Istanbul flights
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will cut its double daily Zurich-Istanbul Ataturk flights from Oct. 29.
Airberlin Airbus A330
Airberlin boosts UK regional links with Flybe codeshare
Germany-based airberlin has signed a codeshare agreement with UK-based regional airline Flybe that will increase connectivity between their two countries and beyond.
Rome Ciampino Airport
Rome Ciampino Airport announces runway closure in October
Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) will be temporarily closed from late Oct. 14 through Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. local time for runway maintenance and upgrades.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin to increase US flights for summer 2017
Germany-based airberlin will increase flights to the US up to 50% by summer 2017, from 55 to 78 weekly nonstop flights from Berlin and Dusseldorf compared to this summer.
Lufthansa A320s
Lufthansa 1H net profit falls 55%, lowers full-year outlook
Lufthansa Group delivered a first-half net profit of €429 million ($463.3 million), down 55% from a net profit of €954 million a year ago.
Adria Airways Canadair CRJ900
4K Invest completes takeover of Adria Airways
German-based restructuring specialist 4K Invest (AA International Aviation Holding) has completed the takeover of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways.
Qatar Airways A380
Qatar Airways increases stake in IAG to 20%
Gulf carrier Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 15.67% to 20.01%, in what it called an attractive buying opportunity, the company announced Aug. 1.
PIA CEO Bernd Hildenbrand and SriLankan chairman Aji Dias
CEO: Pakistan International Airlines wet-leases three SriLankan A330s
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) signed a wet-lease agreement with SriLankan Airlines for three A330s, PIA CEO Bernd Hildenbrand confirmed to ATW.
Austrian Airlines’ technical subsidiaries eye third-party markets 
Austrian Airlines’ technical subsidiaries, Innsbruck-based Tyrolean Technik and Austrian Technik Bratislava (ATB), are planning a closer cooperation with an eye on third-party markets.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 26, 2016

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