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.

Air France launches Paris-Miami service 
Air France announced that it is operating its Airbus A380 on the Paris Charles de Gaulle-Miami route starting from Dec. 1 until March 28, 2015.

CityJet Avro RJ85
Intro Aviation in final talks to replace CityJet’s Avro RJ85 fleet 
German investor Intro Aviation—which acquired Irish regional CityJet and its subsidiary Belgium-based VLM in April—is in final talks with aircraft manufacturers to replace CityJet’s Avro RJ85 fleet.
Lufthansa A380
Lufthansa Group: Aircraft insurance fees remain stable—for now 
In the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17—a Boeing 777-200ER that crashed over Ukraine July 17, killing all 298 on board—there has been industry-wide chatter about whether aircraft insurance companies will increase fees, especially when flying over war territories.
DFS Munich tower
German air navigation services provider DFS to increase airline fees 30% 1
German air navigation services provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has confirmed plans to increase charges 30% from next year, pending approval by the European Commission, which is expected to rule in November.
Vienna Airport to sell stake in Friedrichshafen Airport
Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG) will sell its entire 25.15% stake in Germany-based Flughafen Friedrichshafen GmbH, transferring equal shares to the city of Friedrichshafen and the Bodensee district.
Interview - Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline 
As the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, as well as a launch customer for the Boeing 777X, Dubai-based Emirates Airline holds a power in the widebody aircraft market like no other. Shock waves ran through the industry when Emirates announced in June it was canceling its order for 70 Airbus A350 XWBs.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa narrows net losses in 1H; confirms full-year outlook
Lufthansa Group reported a first-half net loss of €79 million ($106 million), narrowed from a net loss of €203 million in the year-ago period.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 100
Austrian Airlines takes 2Q operating profit hit on political unrest, union disputes
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines has posted a second-quarter operating profit of €10 million ($13.4 million), down 52% compared with a €21 million operating profit in the year-ago quarter.
Condor Airlines, Germanwings ink cooperation
Germany-based leisure carrier Condor Airlines and Lufthansa low-cost subsidiary Germanwings have signed a cooperation for feeder flights offering Germanwings passengers service to Cologne and Manchester.
Airbus A350 XWB MSN005 touched down in Frankfurt, Germany
Airbus A350 XWB visits Lufthansa’s Frankfurt base
The Airbus A350-900 developmental aircraft MSN005 visited Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub on July 25-26, as part of a three-week global route proving tour.
Germany’s Zweibrücken Airport declares insolvency
Germany’s Zweibrücken Airport has announced insolvency, but will continue operations because agreements have been reached with airlines, clients and suppliers, according to several media reports.
ATW Photo Gallery - Swiss Aviation Training July 2014
A selection of photos from ATW correspondent Kurt Hoffman's visit to join Swiss Aviation Training and Swiss International Air Lines' first officers for touch-and-go-training at Chaterauoux.
Turkish Airlines in final stages of evaluating A380, 747-8I order 
Turkish Airlines is in the final stages of evaluating an order for either the Airbus A380-800 or Boeing 747-8I, the carrier has confirmed, saying an order is likely to come before the end of the year.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER damaged by fire in Nigeria 
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER has been damaged by a fire at Kano Aminu International Airport (KAN) in Nigeria as it was being refueled, Turkish spokesperson Ali Genc confirmed to ATW in Istanbul.
Austrian Airlines to launch domestic flights for Swiss from Nov. 1 
Austrian Airlines, which has taken delivery of the first of four additional Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, will launch 4X-daily domestic Zurich-Lugano services on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines from Nov. 1.

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