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.

Austrian Airlines A320
Austrian Airlines expands capacity to Tel Aviv
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines will fly 18X-weekly Vienna-Tel Aviv services from March 25, up four additional frequencies per week compared to the prior-year period.
Austria’s Laudamotion receives AOC
Laudamotion, the rebranded bankrupt airberlin subsidiary NIKI, has received an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Austrian aviation authority Austro Control.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair boosts German operations
Irish LCC Ryanair is expanding its German network by adding four new routes from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, but will transfer some flights from Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) because of weak economic performance.
Gallery: Salzburg Airport welcomes ski tourists to Austria

Salzburg Airport, located close to the Austrian Alps, is one Europe's top two airports for winter charter operations. Every Saturday between late December until March/April, the airport handles up to 30,000 passengers—most of them ski-tourists, who fly in from all over Europe, Israel or Russia mostly on leisure carriers. The airport handles around 210 aircraft movements on peak Saturdays.  The most common aircraft types are Airbus A321s and Boeing 757s, in addition to several Boeing 777 or 747 aircraft.

Dubai airport to temporarily close southern runway in 2019
Dubai Airports has confirmed plans to close Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) southern runway (12R-30L) for a 45-day period in 2019.
Tyrolean Technik to end turboprop MRO business after 38 years
Tyrolean Technik, a fully owned subsidiary of Austrian Airlines, will downsize its Innsbruck maintenance and repair operations (MRO) by the first half of this year by terminating MRO work on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 as business declines and cost rises for the type.
Ethiopian Airlines adds Airbus A350 XWB flight simulator
Ethiopian Airlines has finalized the installation of an Airbus A350 XWB full flight simulator (FFS), becoming the first FFS operator of the type in Africa.
Qatar economy class product
Al Baker: Qatar to reveal new economy seat; supports supersonic transport
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is working on a new economy-class product, which could be unveiled as early at 2019, likely at next year’s ITB Berlin.
Gallery: Airbus A350-1000 delivery flight

Airbus has delivered the first production A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways on Feb. 20. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first-ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats.

Al Baker: Air space blockade is costly for Qatar Airways 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the airspace blockade on Qatari territory initiated June 5, 2017, by neighboring nations has negatively affected the performance of the airline.
SunExpress Boeing 737-800
SunExpress reports strong 2017 on traffic growth
SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, reported a €1.2 billion turnover ($1.4 billion) for 2017, the highest turnover in its history.
Eurowings Airbus A320
Eurowings to expand Dusseldorf base
Eurowings will expand services from its Dusseldorf base by 30%—to 1 million available seats per month—from summer 2018 when the Lufthansa LCC subsidiary will increase its based aircraft from 26 to 40.
Eurowings to open Nuremberg base
Lufthansa LCC subsidiary Eurowings will open a base in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of March with a leased TUIfly Boeing 737-800.
Ukraine International Airlines expands long-haul fleet
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is taking delivery of the first of four Boeing 777-200ERs in mid-February, a spokesperson in Kiev confirmed to ATW.
Laudamotion to partner with Eurowings, Condor
Niki Lauda, who bought former airberlin subsidiary NIKI in January and rebranded it into Laudamotion, plans to team up with Lufthansa LCC Eurowings and German leisure carrier Condor when enough aircraft become available.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 20, 2018

O’Leary’s winning hand with Lauda

Michael O’Leary must have played a lot of Risk as a boy. And he frequently won, judging by how he played his hand over LaudaMotion, a prize that was keenly sought by Lufthansa and British Airways owner IAG....More
Mar 9, 2018

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing question remains: why are there still so few women running airlines?...More
Mar 2, 2018

Delta CEO takes the high road

Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a Florida school that left 17 students and staff dead....More
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