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.

SWISS CEO CEO Thomas Klühr
SWISS targets 25% savings on unit costs with CSeries
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is targeting a 25% savings on unit costs with its Bombardier CSeries 100/300 aircraft, CEO Thomas Klühr told ATW on board the first passenger flight of the SWISS CS100 on July 6.
Air France-KLM CFO to leave in November
Air France-KLM Group has announced the resignation of CFO Pierre-François Riolacci, effective Nov. 4, when he will become CFO at Danish facilities manager ISS A/S.
Finnair A330-300
Finnair to introduce Wi-Fi service on A330s
Finland flag carrier Finnair will begin installing Panasonic Avionics Corp. (PAC Panasonic) Wi-Fi on its eight Airbus A330-300s in October. Installation is estimated to be completed in May 2017.
Taiwan, China’s airlines make flight adjustments ahead of typhoon
Airlines in China and Taiwan have either canceled or delayed flights over the next few days as the region braces for Typhoon Nepartak, which is expected to make landfall on Taiwan’s east coast early Friday, then hit China Saturday.
Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr
Bombardier: Successful SWISS CSeries EIS is ‘critical’
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)—which took delivery of its first Bombardier CSeries 100 June 29—could benefit from a swift entry-into-service (EIS) period, according to a Bombardier executive.
Ethiopian Airlines A350-900
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines sees drop in African business 
Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines, which operates the largest network within Africa, has seen a 2%-3% drop in African business, mainly because of microeconomic challenges in oil export nations, Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW at last week’s Airbus A350 XWB delivery in Toulouse.
easyJet A319
EasyJet to launch seven new routes from Switzerland
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet plans to add seven new routes from Switzerland, increasing the number of routes from Geneva to 74, from Basel to 54, and six from Zurich.
Saab 2000
SkyWork Airlines begins Saab 2000 operations
Switzerland-based regional SkyWork Airlines took delivery of its first Saab 2000 turboprop, and launched the first flight July 1 from Bern to London City via EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.
AerCap president sees continued strong demand on operating leases 
Ireland-based lessor AerCap has experienced strong demand as low fuel prices have boosted airlines into record-making profits, creating a need for additional aircraft, according to AerCap president and CCO Philip Scruggs.
LOT Boeing 737-400 with modernized cabin
LOT Polish Airlines places its first upgraded 737-400 in service
LOT Polish Airlines, which recently completed a cabin upgrade in its Boeing 737-400s, placed the first of three newly modernized aircraft into service on its Warsaw-London Heathrow route June 27.
Austrian Airlines A319
Austrian Airlines to cancel 300 flights in July, August amid pilot shortage
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will cancel 300 flights in July and August because of the ongoing integration of 17 Embraer E-195s into its fleet and related pilot trainings.
SriLankan Airlines cuts European services
Oneworld member SriLankan Airlines will close two out of three European services this fall.
Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 first flight
CEO: A350 XWB takes Ethiopian Airlines ‘to the next level’
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s first operator of the type.
Gallery-Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of first A350 XWB
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the East African carrier, which also becomes the first African A350 XWB operator. The airline’s first aircraft, on lease from AerCap, arrived in Addis Ababa on June 29th, 2016.
Turkish Airlines 777-300ER
Turkish CEO: Yields under pressure as transfer business grows
Turkish Airlines is feeling pressure on yields as it grows its transfer business to compensate for a drop in local demand caused by political and economic instabilities in Turkey and Europe.
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 22, 2016

The big divide between airlines & Wall Street: PRASM

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Jul 22, 2016

Is this the worst-ever airline flight safety video?

Air New Zealand has released its latest flight safety video. The Kiwi airline is famous for its fun videos and they are usually popular, but I have to say that I think they’ve produced a dud this time....More
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