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 A320-200
Lufthansa to launch new Internet technology on European flights
Lufthansa will offer high-speed Internet access on its short- and medium-haul European flights from early summer 2016.
Estonian Air E170
Reports: Estonia may launch new carrier if EU rules aid was illegal
Estonia is ready to create a new airline should the European Union rule its existing flag carrier, Estonian Air, illegally received €40.7 million ($46 million) of state aid in 2013.
Etihad Airways A380
Etihad raises additional $200 million for group partners
Etihad Airways and its equity partner airlines have raised an additional $200 million following a surge in demand from international financial institutions, bringing the total funds raised to $700 million.
Alitalia A330-200
Alitalia CEO Silvano Cassano resigns, effective immediately
Alitalia confirmed that CEO Silvano Cassano will step down, effective immediately.
SAS A320
SAS Scandinavian Airlines closes Stavanger-Houston oil route
SAS Scandinavian Airlines will close its Stavanger-Houston, aka oil route, on Oct. 23 due to decreased demand and passenger loads resulting from reduced activity in the oil industry.
Intro Aviation confirms it will sell Austrian regional Intersky
German investor Intro Aviation wants to sell Austria-based regional Intersky this month, the company confirmed in a statement.
Lufthansa completes cabin upgrades
Lufthansa has completed a cabin modernization program of its short- and long-haul aircraft.
Airbus A380 flies over the Paris Air Show
Brégier: Time for US carriers to re-evaluate very large aircraft  3
Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier believes US carriers need to rethink using very large aircraft (VLA), especially as they face growing competition from Gulf carriers.
Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa Group reorganizes to enhance synergies
The Lufthansa Group has approved a reorganization plan to enable member airlines and service companies to align their structures and processes.
ATW Photo Gallery-Airbus Mobile FAL Opening-Sept. 14, 2015
Airbus has officially opened its A320 Family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – officially called the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility – which will become company’s first production site in America. This game-changing plan was announced in July 2012.
Iran to develop 27 airports, add new terminals
Iran is looking to develop 27 of 51 civilian airports with new terminal projects. It is also planning $8 billion worth of new airport construction in Araz, Qom and the Ikia regions.
Turkish Airlines CEO sees potential for closer ties with Lufthansa 
Turkish Airlines president & CEO Temel Kotil told ATW that an increased cooperation with Lufthansa could be possible, although nothing has been decided.
Vueling A320
Vueling will hire up to 200 pilots as market demand grows
Spanish budget carrier Vueling has announced plans to hire as many as 200 first officers to meet market growth demand in the 2016 summer season.
SpaceLiner concept
SpaceLiner could fly passengers from Europe-Australia in 90 minutes 1
A hypersonic plane that could carry 100 passengers between Europe and Australia in 90 minutes could be a reality by 2050, according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa CEO warns of ‘brutal changes’ in industry 
European airlines need more support from their governments in a fast-changing world where now-privatized carriers are competing with state-owned airlines, Lufthansa Group’s top executive said.

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