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.

Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900
Lufthansa supervisory board approves new LCC concept
Lufthansa’s supervisory board has formally approved the “Wings” long-haul, low-cost (LCC) concept and the lease of up to seven Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the new low-cost carrier’s intercontinental routes.
Lufthansa 747-8I
Lufthansa pilots' 10th strike to affect long-haul, cargo flights Thursday
Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced late Tuesday it will continue its strike action Thursday, which will affect long-haul and cargo flights.
Emirates upgrades three destinations to A380 services
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has upgraded its daily services to San Francisco, California and Milan Malpensa Airport to Airbus A380 operations.
FlyNiki Airbus A320
Source: Helvetic Airways to take seven FlyNiki Embraer E-190s 
Switzerland-based Helvetic Airways will buy seven 112-seat Embraer E-190s from Austria-based airberlin subsidiary FlyNiki, which is expanding its fleet capacity with five 150-seat Airbus A319s and two 180-seat A320s, a source close to airberlin’s management confirmed to ATW.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787
CEO: LOT to announce new narrowbody fleet order in 1Q 2015 
LOT Polish Airlines plans to announce an order for a new narrowbody fleet in the first quarter of 2015.
Interview - Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Lufthansa German Airlines CEO 
Karl Ulrich Garnadt, who took the helm of Lufthansa German Airlines in May, is steering the carrier through times both good and not-so-good.
Interview - TAP CEO Fernando Pinto 
With privatization on the horizon and continued challenges during Portuguese financial difficulties, TAP continues on its careful growth plan.
A New Era 
When Qatar Airways was relaunched in 1997, there would have been few people who would have predicted that in less than 20 years, this Doha-based carrier would be a Skytrax five-star operation and a oneworld global alliance member flying to more than 140 destinations. On top of those achievements, Qatar is about to become the world’s first airline to operate the Airbus A350 XWB.
Lufthansa A330
Lufthansa pilot union calls for ninth strike Monday and Tuesday
Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called for its ninth strike action Monday and Tuesday in a series of ongoing protests over transition payments for early retirees.
LCC Germanwings takes on more Lufthansa flights 
Germanwings took over 9X-daily Düsseldorf-Berlin Tegel flights from parent Lufthansa for a total of 57 weekly flights.
CEO: LOT Polish Airlines to grow rapidly starting in 2016 
LOT Polish Airlines, in the aftermath of a restructuring, has been banned by European Union regulators from growing capacity or adding routes until early 2016.
Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) COO Ahmed Al Haddabi, FlyNiki MD Christian Lesjak
FlyNiki launches Abu Dhabi long-haul flights, Etihad codeshare 
Austria-based airberlin subsidiary FlyNiki launched its first long-haul route with daily Vienna-Abu Dhabi Airbus A320 services Nov. 24, featuring 12 business- and 132 economy-class seats with Wi-Fi service.
Avianca A320
Avianca eyes order for more than 160 narrowbody aircraft 
Avianca Holdings plans to order more than 160 narrowbody aircraft by the end of the year, chairman Germán Efromovich told ATW in Abu Dhabi.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines expands summer schedule for 2015 
Greece-based Aegean Airlines has announced its summer 2015 operations will include a network of 134 destinations, including 100 international and 34 domestic routes in 42 countries.
Emirates Airline A380
Emirates overhauls its first Airbus A380  1
Emirates Engineering has completed a 3C check, the largest maintenance check on any aircraft, on the first A380 delivered to Emirates Airline.

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