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.

Etihad Airways 787-9 in new livery
Etihad recruits 40 Alitalia pilots; to hire up to 600 cockpit personnel
Etihad Airways has recruited 40 fully qualified pilots from Alitalia as part of a large-scale global campaign to hire between 500 to 600 captains and first officers over the next three years to keep pace with the rapid expansion of its fleet and global network.
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa modifies A320 family aircraft to reduce noise
Lufthansa began to modify its Airbus A320 family fleet last month with vortex generators to reduce noise. The first modified aircraft was an A319.
Airberlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer to step down in February
Airberlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer announced Monday he will step down Feb. 1, 2015, as former Lufthansa executive and Fiji Airways CEO Stefan Pichler takes the helm to move the company forward with its previously announced restructuring program, the company said Monday.
Germanwings A319
Germanwings to complete integration of Lufthansa routes Jan. 8 
Lufthansa low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will take over Lufthansa’s last remaining European point-to-point service, Düsseldorf-Zurich, on Jan. 8, Germanwings spokesperson Heinz Joachim Schoettes confirmed to ATW.
Interview - Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO 
Qatar Airways is experiencing remarkable changes and rapid growth under the leadership of CEO Akbar Al Baker. In the last 12 months alone, Qatar has joined the oneworld global alliance, hosted the IATA AGM at its Doha hub city and taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, which began revenue flights to London Heathrow in October.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa cuts profit guidance for 2015 due to pilot strikes
Lufthansa Group has reported nine-month net profit of €482 million ($613.4 million), a €235 million improvement on the year-ago period.
CSA Czech Airlines A319
CSA Czech Airlines in negotiations with Korean Air for financial aid 
SkyTeam member CSA Czech Airlines is working to get financial help from key shareholder Korean Air to overcome its financial struggles.
WOW Air A320
WOW Air to launch first transatlantic services to Baltimore 
Iceland-based low-cost carrier WOW Air will launch 4X-weekly seasonal Reykjavik Keflavik-Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) Airbus A321 services from June 4, 2015.
Airberlin A319
Airberlin cuts further 200 jobs, will harmonize single-aisle fleet 
Airberlin plans to eliminate a further 200 jobs of administration and ground personnel staff during 2015, several German media outlets have reported.
FlyNiki A320
FlyNiki to launch Vienna-Abu Dhabi services Nov. 24 
Austria-based airberlin subsidiary FlyNiki will launch its first long-haul route Nov. 24 with daily Airbus A320 Vienna-Abu Dhabi services.
Lufthansa A321
Lufthansa flies to 12 tourist destinations from Munich this winter 
Lufthansa continues to increase utilization of its narrowbody aircraft on leisure routes during the low-demand winter season to reduce overcapacity.
Lufthansa to outsource IT services to IBM in restructuring move 
Deutsche Lufthansa is realigning its IT activities and will enter into a seven-year partnership with IBM, which it expects will reduce its IT infrastructure costs by at least €70 million ($89.4 million) per year.
Austrian Airlines Fokker 100
Austrian Airlines sets fleet modernization priorities 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is moving forward in its fleet modernization program after reaching a framework agreement for a new group collective wage agreement for approximately 3,200 flight staff.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin cuts capacity 5%; Germany approves continued Etihad codeshares 
Oneworld member and Etihad Airways equity partner airberlin will continue to adapt its route network by focusing on increased efficiency and further reducing seasonal effects, leading to a 5% reduction in capacity, according to airberlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.
Lufthansa A330
Lufthansa to detail plans for new long-haul LCC subsidiary in December 
Lufthansa’s supervisory board will decide on the details of its long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary in the first week of December, according to Lufthansa chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr.

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