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 Boeing 777
Austrian Airlines mulls Airbus A321 design limit extension 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is considering a design limit extension for its aging Airbus A321 fleet, a company executive told ATW in Los Angeles.
AeroLogic appoints new management
Germany-based AeroLogic, a joint venture of Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, has appointed Josef Moser as COO and accountable manager at AeroLogic from May 1.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-600
Lufthansa says transatlantic routes remain strong 
Lufthansa’s transatlantic business remains strong—especially on North Atlantic routes—even though South America traffic and capacity have dropped, an airline executive told ATW in Los Angeles.
Airberlin A330-200
Berlin Tegel ground handling issues prompt airberlin route delay
Airberlin has delayed the planned expansion of US connections because of continued ground handling problems at Berlin-Tegel Airport.
Austrian Airlines launches Los Angeles services
Austrian Airlines launched 6X-weekly summer season Vienna-Los Angeles LAX services April 10, its sixth North American destination and first route to the US west coast.
Zagreb Airport’s new passenger terminal doubles capacity
Croatia’s Zagreb Airport has opened a new 65,000-sq m passenger terminal, which began operations March 28.
Iberia, Qatar Airways begin codeshare flights
Oneworld members Iberia and Qatar Airways have begun codeshare flights offering passengers more flight options to/from Doha and Spain and Portugal.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian to launch two new transatlantic routes from Gatwick
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian will begin 4X-weekly London Gatwick-Seattle, Washington services from Sept.17, and 3X-weekly flights to Denver, Colorado from Sept. 16.
Avianca Brasil A330-200
Avianca Brasil to launch Miami, Santiago de Chile services
Avianca Brasil will begin its first intercontinental service from São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) to Miami, Florida on June 23, followed by daily GRU-Santiago de Chile flights in July.
Cargolux Boeing 747-8F
Cargolux 747-8F reaches 1 million hours on GEnx engine
Luxembourg-based freight carrier Cargolux said it has become the first operator to fly 1 million hours with GE Aviation’s GEnx engine, which powers its Boeing 747-8F aircraft.
Austrian regional People’s Viennaline eyes ACMI business
The Austrian regional carrier People’s Viennaline—which will close its Altenrhein-Friedrichshafen-Cologne route April 14—anticipates a move into the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) market as it attempts to offset the effect of the route closure.
Alitalia A330-200
24-hour strike forces Alitalia to cancel 394 flights
Italian national carrier Alitalia was forced to cancel 394 flights—including 12 intercontinental flights—between late evening April 4 and early morning April 6 because of a 24-hour strike action called by trade unions, the SkyTeam member reported on its website.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8
LOT Polish Airlines launches Los Angeles services
LOT Polish Airlines launched 4X-weekly Warsaw-Los Angeles services April 3, its fourth North American destination and first route to the US west coast.
Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F
Lufthansa Cargo posts €50 million loss in 2016, evaluates 777F fleet
Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) reported an adjusted EBIT loss of €50 million ($52.5 million) for 2016, reversed from a net profit of €74 million in 2015.
FlyNiki takes over airberlin leisure routes 
German carrier airberlin, which has transferred its leisure routes to Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki, said the first FlyNiki Dusseldorf-Palma de Mallorca service began March 26.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 19, 2017

Flying long haul with Norwegian

Norwegian’s long-haul expansion has made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, but is the product any good? The simple answer is yes, but....More
Apr 14, 2017

US mainline-regional system likely contributed to bumping incident

I can’t help but wonder if the Byzantine relationship between mainlines and regionals is partly to blame for this incident....More
Apr 11, 2017

Munoz’s apology may not be enough

Let’s start with today’s good news for United. The CEO issued a full apology for the awful bumped-then-dragged passenger incident, took full responsibility and promised a full review of the company’s crew transport and over-booking procedures....More
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