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.

Russia extends cold weather limits for Airbus A320 family
The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee has granted approval for Airbus to operate the A320 family aircraft in extreme cold weather conditions—down to minus 54° Celsius (-65.2°F).
Ethiopian Airlines 737-800
CEO: Ethiopian Airlines sees load factor improvement after Ebola crises 
Ethiopian Airlines, which has been affected by the Ebola crises in some parts of Western Africa, now sees improvement in load factor.
Reports: Hamburg Airways suspends flight operations
The German Civil Aviation Authority (LBA) suspended the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Hamburg Airways shortly before Christmas, several German media outlets have reported.
Turkish Airlines A321
Turkish to convert eight A321-200neo options; suspends flights to Libya 
Turkish Airlines has confirmed to ATW it will exercise options for eight Airbus A321-200neos for delivery in 2019.
Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900
CEO: Austrian Airlines considers operating Eurowings from Vienna 
Lufthansa, which is transforming its Eurowings subsidiary into a pan-European platform to operate low-cost flights from several bases outside Germany, could also start service from Vienna.
Kotil: SunExpress long-haul operations will not affect Turkish 
Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil told ATW that new SunExpress long-haul Airbus A340-300 operations will not affect Turkish’s long-haul business.
Lufthansa A321
Five Lufthansa Group airlines to use biokerosene mixture at Oslo Airport
Lufthansa Group will be fueling its aircraft at Oslo Airport with a biokerosene mixture, becoming the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation.
Lufthansa 747-8I
Lufthansa to hire 1,650 new employees in 2015
Lufthansa has announced plans to hire 1,650 new employees in 2015, who will work at several points in Germany.
New Good Times 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) must become more “flexible, efficient and competitive,” CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW on the sidelines of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) summit in Istanbul.
Interview — Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communications, Turkey 
Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Lütfi Elvan is a strong advocate for commercial air transportation, which generates more than 180,000 jobs and $23.8 billion revenue in Turkey annually.
All Nippon Airways Boeing 787
Shinobe: ANA’s fleet planning depends on Haneda slots 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is reviewing its fleet plans as Tokyo Haneda Airport gets additional slots, president and CEO Osamu Shinobe told ATW on the sidelines of the Star Alliance chief executive board meeting in New Delhi.
Airbus A380
Brégier says A380 challenge is to get more customers  1
Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier has made it clear there is no doubt the A380 production program will continue.
SpiceJet 737-800
Indian Minister: Government help for SpiceJet is limited 
India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told ATW that discussions are ongoing for a revival plan for Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet, which has been struggling financially.
Executive team Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker, former EADS
Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A350 XWB 
Oneworld member Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB in Toulouse.
ATW Photo Gallery-Qatar Airways A350 XWB delivery
A selection of photographs from our exclusive coverage of the delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350 XWB.

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