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 A320
Austrian Airlines confirms A320/321 design limit extension 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines has confirmed a design limit extension for its aging Airbus A320/321 fleet, CEO Kay Kratky told ATW.
EgyptAir 737-800
EgyptAir looks to modernize fleet
EgyptAir plans to add 33 different types of aircraft and manufacturers as part of its fleet modernization plan.
Lufthansa Group A340-600
Lufthansa Group 1H net profit up 56.6%
Lufthansa Group delivered a first-half net profit of €672 million ($766.7 million), up 56.6% from a net profit of €429 million a year ago.
Embraer E190-E2 in Air Astana livery
Air Astana 1H traffic up 12%, leases five E190-E2 Jets
Air Astana carried 1.9 million passengers in the 2017 first half, up 12% compared to the year-ago period.
Airberlin to launch Toronto, Chicago routes in 2018
Oneworld member airberlin will expand its North Atlantic network in 2018 with the launch of 4X-weekly Düsseldorf-Toronto Pearson International Airport services starting May 1 and 5X-weekly Düsseldorf -Chicago O'Hare services from May 2.
Air Seychelles reduces European network

Air Seychelles will adjust its European route network, the Indian Ocean Mahé Island-based airline said July 30, with plans to suspend its 2X-weekly Mahé-Dusseldorf route from September 10. Additionally, Air Seychelles’ Mahé-Paris Charles de Gaulle operation will be reduced from four to 3X-weekly flights from September 12.

Fraport firms operation of Brazil’s Fortaleza, Porto Alegre airports
Frankfurt-based Fraport AG has signed concession agreements with the Brazilian government for managing and developing Brazil’s Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) airports.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
Ethiopia creating new Aviation Holding Group
The Ethiopian government will establish an Aviation Holding Group to oversee the country’s aviation-related interests.
Germany’s DFS, Unifly develop drones app
German aviation authority DFS has launched a new app that shows hobby pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) where they can fly their drones at any time and location in Germany.
New German leisure carrier SundAir receives first A320
New German airline SundAir has taken delivery of the first of two leased Airbus A320s and is preparing to start operations, pending final approval by German aviation authorities, which is expected soon.
Air Partner remarkets 15 Saudia Boeing 777-200ERs
Air Partner’s Aircraft Remarketing division (formerly Cabot Aviation) has been appointed by Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia as its exclusive remarketing agent for 15 Boeing 777-200ERs.
Rendering of Lima Airport expansion.
Peru, Fraport agree to major Lima Airport expansion
Lima Airport Partners (LAP)—a Fraport majority-owned company—and the government of Peru will move ahead with a major expansion program of Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) after signing an amendment to the 2001 Lima Airport Concession.
Lessor SMBC focuses on high-tech aircraft 
Ireland-based lessor SMBC Aviation Capital is continuing to focus on the most technologically advanced fleet and is evaluating further orders of next generation widebody aircraft.
EasyJet A319
EasyJet to recruit more than 1,200 new cabin crew
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet will recruit more than 1,200 new permanent- and fixed-term cabin crew positions—the largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history—as the LCC continues to grow.
Airberlin to lease two Airbus A330-900neos
Germany-based airberlin has confirmed to ATW it will lease two Airbus A330-900neos, but has not disclosed the lessor.
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Is Europe in the next phase of consolidation?

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Aug 15, 2017

Airport drinking; when to call time?

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