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 Boeing 747-8I
Boeing delivers 1,500th 747
Boeing has delivered its 1,500th 747—a 747-8 Intercontinental—to Lufthansa.
ATW Photo Gallery-Boeing delivers 1,500th 747 1
A selection of photos from the delivery ceremony.
Air Astana Boeing 767-200
Air Astana expands into Europe, eyes narrowbody fleet replacement
Air Astana is expanding into Europe, planning to replace its narrowbody fleet and is considering membership into an alliance for future growth.
Swiss International Air Lines CEO Harry Hohmeister
Swiss CEO: European Airlines must change with the times 
European carriers are in danger of missing out on future growth possibilities if they don’t change from their old, established structures, Swiss International Air Lines CEO Harry Hohmeister told ATW.
Turkish Airlines extends African network
Turkish Airlines has launched its 39th destination in Africa with a 4X-weekly Istanbul Ataturk-Cotonou, Benin services routed via Abidjan.
EXCLUSIVE: Clark: Emirates to revisit Airbus A350-900 or Boeing 787-9 order in 1H 2015 
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark told ATW he is leaving the door open for a future Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 order.
CEO: Ukraine International Airlines in survival mode 
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)—which faces massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region—is “working hard to cope and survive,” president and CEO Yuri Miroshnikov told ATW.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air opens 17th base in Riga 
Central and Eastern Europe-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air has opened its 17th base in Riga and is initially deploying one Airbus A320.
Rendering of Airbus A350-900 in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines livery
Air France-KLM launches seven-year bond 
Air France-KLM has launched a seven-year bond for €600 million ($813 million) as the carrier continues to actively manage its debt.
Finnair A330-300
Finnair wet leases Boeing 767, 787 to fill Airbus A330 maintenance gap 
Finnair is wet leasing a Boeing 767 and 787 to temporarily replace one of its Airbus 330 aircraft, which is undergoing extra maintenance.
Rendering of Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9
CEO: Air New Zealand expects 787-9 delivery in July 
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon has confirmed to ATW it is expecting the first Boeing 787-9 delivery in early- to mid-July.
Germania extends Hamburg operations 
Berlin-based Germania is expanding its operations from Hamburg. The carrier will launch weekly flights to Rhodos June 17.
Lufthansa A340-300
Lufthansa reduces earnings forecast; American, European routes under pressure  1
Lufthansa is adjusting its earnings forecast to better match revenue predictions for the passenger and cargo businesses, which are falling below original expectations.
Clark: Emirates has no plans to operate more fifth-freedom routes 
Dubai-based Emirates Airline president Tim Clark told ATW the carrier’s only Europe-North America service is still going strong, but he has no further plans to operate similar fifth freedom routes.
Wizz Air takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A320 
Wizz Air takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A320

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