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.

Lufthansa pilots extend strike through Nov. 24
In all, 1,800 flights and more than 215,000 passengers would be affected Nov. 23-24, Lufthansa said.
Airberlin Boeing 737.
Airberlin to hire 500 additional flight attendants
Airberlin is set to recruit more than 500 additional flight attendants related to the airline’s growth plan for long haul routes, especially to North America.
Lufthansa cancels 876 flights ahead of Nov. 23 strike
Lufthansa canceled 876 out of nearly 3,000 planned flights – including 51 long-haul routes – for Wednesday Nov. 23 following the call from Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) for a pilot strike.
Lufthansa A320s
Lufthansa Group faces strikes Nov. 22-23
Lufthansa Group will be affected by two strikes Nov. 22-23.
Airbus NAVBLUE to increase Vietnam airspace efficiency
Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE has completed a deal with Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corp. (VATM) to deliver optimized airspace design for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, to enhance safety and efficiency.
Austrian Airlines Boeing 767
Austrian government to cut local aviation taxes 50% by 2018
The Austrian government will cut local aviation taxes 50% by January 2018. Pending government approval, taxes should be reduced by 25% in 2017 and 25% the following year.
TUIfly Boeing 737-800
Etihad, TUI Group in final talks to create new leisure airline
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday company TUI Group are in final discussions to create a European leisure airline group, which is expected to operate 60 aircraft on point-to-point services to key tourist markets.
Eurowings A330
Eurowings doubles US services
Lufthansa Group low-cost subsidiary Eurowings plans to launch 2X-weekly Cologne-Orlando services beginning July 8, 2017 and 3X-weekly Cologne-Seattle services from July 11, 2017.
Lufthansa, SWISS announce summer 2017 destinations
Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have released their 2017 summer destinations.
Rendering of A350-900 in Lufthansa livery
Lufthansa to receive first Airbus A350-900 Dec. 19
Germany’s Lufthansa has confirmed it will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on Dec. 19, 2016.
Airbus A380-388Q upper deck business class
Emirates takes delivery of new generation A380s, Boeing 777s
Dubai-based Emirates Airline has begun taking delivery of new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, according to a Nov. 15 statement.
Etihad Airways Engineering, Airbus develop A380 MRO services
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus have agreed to work jointly on developing a new Airbus A380 MRO services offering.
Lufthansa Group, Singapore Airlines extend codeshare agreements
Star Alliance members Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are expanding their codeshare agreements as part of a commercial joint venture (JV) that was concluded in November 2015.
Austrian Airlines A320
Austrian Airlines to recruit 100 new pilots in 2017
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines will recruit 100 new pilots without flight experience in 2017, and will train them in the European Flight Academy.
Jaan Albrecht with Kurt Hofmann
Jaan Albrecht appointed CEO of Saudi Arabian Airlines Group
Saudi Arabian Airlines Group has appointed former SunExpress CEO Jaan Albrecht as the CEO of mainline carrier Saudia, the Group confirmed to ATW.
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