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.

Rendering of CS300 in airBaltic livery
AirBaltic expects fewer CS300s this year, but still plans 4Q EIS
Latvian carrier airBaltic still plans to launch the Bombardier CS300 into commercial service this year, but it will receive fewer CS300s than planned in 2016.
WOW Air A321
Iceland’s WOW Air to begin Reykjavik-Miami service in April 2017
Iceland’s WOW Air to begin Reykjavik-Miami service in April 2017
Austrian Boeing 777
Austrian Airlines launches Vienna-Hong Kong route
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines launched 5X-weekly Vienna-Hong Kong services Sept. 5, its third destination in mainland China after Shanghai Pudong and Beijing.
Transavia Boeing 737-700
Transavia makes management changes
Air France-KLM low-cost carrier (LCC) Transavia has appointed Erik-Jan Gelink as its new head of commercial, effective Sept. 15.
Emirates A380
Emirates to launch fifth A380 service to New Zealand
Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to launch daily Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch, New Zealand, services from Oct. 30, increasing the number of Airbus A380 flights between Dubai and New Zealand to 5X-daily.
EasyJet A320
Lufthansa Technik Malta, easyJet sign base maintenance contract
Lufthansa Technik Malta and UK low-cost carrier easyJet have signed a five-year base maintenance contract for more than 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft.
SWISS expects to maintain flight schedule despite CSeries delays 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) said it will not have to reduce its schedule this year because of delays in Bombardier CSeries aircraft deliveries.
Finnair A320
Finnair to introduce high-speed Wi-Fi service on A320s
Finnair will begin installing ViaSat’s high-speed Wi-Fi network on its entire Airbus A320 family aircraft fleet in May 2017.
Ryanair 737-800
Ryanair further expands Berlin Schoenefeld base
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair has further expanded its base at Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport from Sept. 1, adding 16 new destinations.
China Airlines A350 XWB
China Airlines to start A350 XWB flights to Europe in January
Taipei-based China Airlines, which expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB by the end of September, will launch its first nonstop service to Europe on Jan. 9, 2017, the China Airlines’ Vienna office confirmed to ATW.
Vienna Airport glitch resolved
Vienna International Airport flight operations have returned to normal following a glitch in data transmissions problems that caused cancellations and delays on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Tarom 737-300
Romania’s Tarom reports $7 million net loss in 1H
Romanian flag carrier Tarom said it recorded a first-half net loss of RON28.6 million ($7 million), “while the budget of revenue and expenditure provided, for the same period, a loss of RON3.4 million.”
Former SunExpress CEO joins Thomas Cook Group
UK-based tour operator Thomas Cook Group has appointed former SunExpress CEO Paul Schwaiger as commercial director-Continental Europe, effective Sept. 1.
SriLankan Airlines A330-200
Sri Lanka’s Colombo Airport to partly close for maintenance
Sri Lanka’s Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will partially close between Jan. 6 and April 6, 2017, for maintenance work on its 3,350 meter-long main runway.
Interview: Peter Bellew, CEO & Group MD Malaysia Airlines Berhad

Peter Bellew became CEO and group managing director of Malaysia Airlines Berhad on July 1, succeeding Christoph Mueller. Bellew had been the airline’s COO since August 2015, and previously was director of flight operations at Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair.

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