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.

LOT CEO Sebastian Mikosz resigns as privatization stalls
LOT Polish Airlines CEO Sebastian Mikosz has resigned after the Polish government again delayed the flag carrier’s privatization process.
Turkish CEO Kotil speaks out against airline subsidies 
Turkish Airlines president and CEO Temel Kotil has spoken against airline subsidies.
Turkish Airlines A330-300
Kotil: Turkish Airlines renews interest in airline investments 
Turkish Airlines is beginning to look at investing in other airlines, CEO Temel Kotil told ATW in Istanbul.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings reports promising bookings for first flights
Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings has reported promising bookings for first flights from Vienna to the Caribbean, Thailand and Dubai from Nov. 9.
Airberlin A330-300
Airberlin widens net losses in 2Q, 1H
Airberlin reported a second-quarter net loss of €37.5 million ($41.6 million), widened from a net loss of €8.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-400
LOT, Turkish Airlines to enhance partnership
LOT Polish Airlines and Turkish Airlines have signed a letter of understanding, which will initiate an enhanced cooperation on existing codeshare routes.
Emirates A380
Emirates takes delivery of 65th A380, retires Boeing 777-200 fleet 1
Emirates Airline has taken delivery of its 65th Airbus A380-800 and has phased out its last Boeing 777-200.
Greek ATC four-hour strike affects hundreds of flights
Air travel to and from Greece has been heavily affected as air traffic controllers went on a four-hour strike Aug. 5 at the height of the European summer tourism season.
Rendering of787-9 in Air Europa livery
CEO: Air Europa holding company Globalia to go public 
Spain’s largest tourism group, Globalia, which includes Spanish carrier Air Europa, “has plans to go public and trade in the stock markets,” Air Europa CEO Maria Jose Hidalgo told ATW.
Germania A319
Germania introduces premium-economy class on Iran routes
Berlin-based Germania will launch premium-economy class flights on routes to Iran starting from Sept. 1.
Icelandair Boeing 757-200
Icelandair Group’s 2Q EBITDA up 11.3%
Icelandair Group has reported a second-quarter EBITDA of $50.3 million, up 11.3% from $45.2 million in the year-ago period, due to profitable organic growth and lower fuel prices.
China Airlines names Chang Yu-Hern as president
China Airlines has appointed aviation veteran Chang Yu-Hern as president, the Taiwan-based carrier said in a statement.
Kenya Airways E-170
Kenya Airways widens net losses for 2014-15 financial year 
Nairobi-based Kenya Airways reported a net loss of KSh25.74 billion ($274 million) for the 2014-15 financial year ended March 31, deepened from a KSh3.38 billion net loss in the year-ago period.
Rendering of A330-200 in Iberia livery
IAG to add 13 Airbus aircraft to Iberia 
International Airlines Group (IAG), parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, plans to convert up to five Airbus A330-200 and eight A350-900 options into orders for Iberia as well as open new long-haul routes.
Interview: Airberlin CEO Stefan Pichler 
Airberlin’s new CEO has implemented a restructuring plan to chase elusive profits. Changes include senior management replacement

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