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.

Klaus Froese and Thomas Winkelmann
Lufthansa appoints new managers in Frankfurt and Munich
Lufthansa’s executive board has appointed new managers responsible for hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900
Adria Airways up for sale again
Slovenia-based Adria Airways has been put up for sale again after the Slovenian government issued a request for Expressions of Interests (EOI) for a majority stake in the carrier on July 1, Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SDH) confirmed on its website.
Lufthansa tails
Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines introduce new fares concept
The Lufthansa Group is implementing a new economy class fare concept on European flights this summer for three of its 11 airlines, chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told ATW in Warsaw.
Lufthansa A319
Lufthansa pilots may call for new strikes after mediation fails 1
Lufthansa’s pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)—which had agreed to arbitration of all open collective wage agreements in May—said Monday that mediation has failed, raising the possibility of new strike action at the height of the summer travel season.
Q400 Next Gen aircraft
Kazakhstan regional Qazaq Air to launch services with three Q400s
Kazakhstan-based regional carrier Qazaq Air, a subsidiary of Samruk Kazyna, Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, has announced that it will launch domestic services in Kazakhstan with three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft leased from Falcon Aviation Services LLC of Abu Dhabi.
Luxair Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Lufthansa to sell its 13% stake in Luxair 
Lufthansa is looking to dispose of its 13% stake in Luxembourg-based flag carrier Luxair, it confirmed to ATW.
TAP Portugal A330-200
TAP Portugal undergoing transition after sale to Atlantic Gateway 
TAP Portugal is undergoing a transition period after the Portuguese government sold its 61% stake to the Atlantic Gateway consortium, a joint venture (JV) between JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines founder David Neeleman and Portuguese investor Humberto Pedrosa owner of transportation and services company Barraqueiro Group.
Lufthansa Cargo MD-11
Lufthansa Technik reduces sound in A320s, MD-11Fs
Lufthansa Technik will be equipping the 100th aircraft of the Lufthansa Airbus A320 family fleet with sound-reducing vortex generators in the next few weeks.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Spohr: Lufthansa does not need more VLAs 
Lufthansa said its 33 very large aircraft (VLA)—the Airbus A380 and Boeing-747-8I—is a good number for the company but does not expect to add more, Lufthansa Group chairman & CEO Carsten Spohr told ATW in Warsaw.
Munich Airport’s new satellite facility
New satellite facility at Munich Airport to open in April 2016
Germany’s Munich Airport will open its new satellite facility in April 2016, operator Flughafen München (FMG) and Lufthansa announced.
Condor expands long-haul operations from Munich
German leisure carrier Condor will base one Boeing 767-300ER in Munich and will add five new long-haul destinations from Munich during the summer season.
Taiwan’s China Airlines eyes passenger boost if transfer ban is lifted 
Taipei-based China Airlines could see an additional 500,000 passengers on the cross-strait routes between China and Taiwan if the transfer ban on Chinese layovers in Taiwan is lifted this year, chairman Huang-Hsiang Sun told ATW in Germany.
Air Canada rouge A319
CEO: Air Canada’s improved results supported by rouge concept 
Air Canada leisure affiliate rouge has “proven its case” by lowering costs for the Canadian flag carrier, CEO Calin Rovinescu told ATW last week on the sidelines of the Star Alliance meeting in Warsaw.
Lufthansa flight attendants postpone further strikes until mid-July
Lufthansa’s flight attendant union UFO has agreed to postpone any further strike action until mid-July after receiving concessions on pay and pensions from the German carrier.
Shinobe: ANA eyes more destinations and frequencies, not larger aircraft 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is focusing on more destinations and frequencies rather than larger aircraft for domestic operations, president and CEO Osamu Shinobe told ATW on the sidelines of the Star Alliance chief executive board meeting in Warsaw last week.

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