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.

Germania Airbus A319
Germania to open new European routes in summer 2019
The Germania Group will introduce several new routes from German airports throughout Europe for the 2019 summer season.
Aegean Airlines Boeing 737
Aegean Airlines reports 9-month net profit up 13% on growing demand
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines reported a net profit of €80.9 million ($94 million) for the first nine months of 2018, up 13% from a €71.7 million net profit in the year-ago period.
TAP CEO: Alliance membership still ‘extremely important’ 
TAP Air Portugal CEO Antonoaldo Neves still sees strong benefits from an alliance membership even though many airlines are choosing to establish joint ventures (JVs).
Gallery: Exclusive look at TAP Air Portugal’s first A330neo

TAP Air Portugal, launch operator of the Airbus A330neo, took delivery of its first aircraft, an A330-900, on Nov. 26. TAP plans to have three aircraft in service by year-end 2018. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service between Lisbon and Sao Paolo, Brazil, in December. 

Launch operator TAP Air Portugal takes delivery of first A330neo
Airbus delivered the first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal Nov. 26, kicking off a major fleet replacement for the airline.
LaudaMotion receives first of two A320s from SMBC
LaudaMotion has received the first of two Airbus A320s leased from SMBC Aviation Capital as part of the Ryanair subsidiary’s growth plans.
Gallery: Singapore Airlines' world's longest A350-900ULR flight to New York

Singapore Airlines (SIA) re-introduced the world's longest long-haul flight Oct. 11, 2018, a nonstop service between Singapore and New York Newark International Airport.  ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann flew the new route and offers exclusive photos of behind-the-scenes operations.

Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air adds aircraft, new routes to Vienna base
Wizz Air adds aircraft, new routes to Vienna base
Gallery: New terminal at Muscat International Airport

Muscat International Airport's new terminal began operations on March 20, 2018. Different from the major hubs in the region—Dubai, Doha in Qatar or Abu Dhabi—the new facility is much smaller and delivers the needs for the national flag carrier Oman Air.

ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann brings an exclusive look at the terminal.

SWISS names Goudarzi Pour new CCO
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) named Tamur Goudarzi Pour as the carrier’s new CCO, effective January 2019.
Munich Airport Terminal 1 expansion wins approval
Munich Airport has received approval from the local government of Upper Bavaria for the extension of its Terminal 1.
Oman Air: New Muscat terminal already bringing benefits
Muscat International Airport’s new terminal is already delivering a better experience for passengers as well as improved airline operations, Oman Air officials said.
Oman Air Boeing 787-9
For Oman Air, JVs are the future, not alliance membership 
Oman Air believes joint ventures (JVs) with codeshare partners would offer greater benefits to the national carrier than membership in a global alliance.
Israel’s Arkia becomes Airbus A321LR launch customer
Tel Aviv-based Arkia Airlines took delivery of the first Airbus A321LR at a ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg factory Nov. 13.
Ethiopian Cargo continues growth with eighth 777
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services took delivery of the airline’s eighth Boeing 777 freighter Nov. 10, the latest step along the company’s growth road map.
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Blogs & Commentary
Dec 13, 2018

Putting promises into action

Africa has been trying to liberalize its skies for the past 30 years. Lots of promises have been signed – some of them legally binding – but barriers still remain. When will the continent move from bureaucracy to action?...More
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More

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