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.

Articles by Kurt Hofmann
Lufthansa pilots to strike April 2-4
Lufthansa pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, will strike for three days from April 2-4.
Vueling A320
Vueling CEO: Growth challenges continue 
Spanish low-cost carrier (LCC) Vueling is continuing its expansion program, but also facing new challenges as the carrier grows.
Frankfurt, Munich airports most affected by Thursday’s strike
Frankfurt and Munich airports were most affected Thursday by German public services trade union Verdi strike over wages.
Air Berlin in recapitalization talks, postpones results conference
Air Berlin, which has postponed its financial results conference for the second time, said it is in recapitalization talks.
Hamburg Airport builds new air cargo center
Hamburg Airport began construction work on its new air cargo center March 17.
Seven German airports to be affected by Thursday's Verdi union strike
Seven major German airports—including Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart and Hanover—will be affected by German public services trade union Verdi strike over wages on Thursday.
Lufthansa Technik eyes growth 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Lufthansa Technik (LHT)—currently the largest independent MRO provider—is eyeing future growth.
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Lufthansa Cargo eyes new partnerships 
Lufthansa Cargo is planning to set up a partnership with an airline outside of the Lufthansa Group by the middle of this year as well as with a second carrier in 2015, CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt confirmed at the carrier’s annual results conference.
Lufthansa Technik: Airbus A380 wing rib feet repairs halfway completed 
Lufthansa Technik (LHT), which has been performing some Airbus A380 wing rib feet repairs for over a year, is about halfway through the repairs.
Verdi union calls for strike at Frankfurt Airport on Thursday
German public services trade union Verdi has called for a warning strike over wages on Thursday regarding Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport, which could further affect flights through Germany this week.
Emirates sees Qantas benefits; looks to grow other markets  1
Emirates Airline’s strategic cooperation agreement with Qantas is doing well despite fares in Australia being under pressure, Emirate CCO has told ATW.
Lufthansa pilots vote to strike 1
More than 95% of Lufthansa pilots have voted in favor of going on strike, union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, announced Friday. The union is seeking better pay and working conditions for pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings.
Vueling CEO: Carrier to develop second hub in Rome 
Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling is looking to develop a second hub at Rome Fiumicino Airport later this year, CEO Alex Cruz told ATW on the sidelines of the ITB tourism fair in Berlin.
Lufthansa Technik’s annual operating profit climbs 23% despite tough European market
Lufthansa Technik Group (LHT) reported a 2013 operating profit €404 million ($562 million), up 23.2% from €318 million the previous year.
Air Astana’s 2013 profit down 15.7%
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana has reported a 2013 net profit of $51.4 million, 15.7% down from the previous year.

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