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.

Berlin Tegel reports 12% passenger drop after airberlin insolvency
Berlin Tegel Airport has reported a 12% year-over-year (YOY) drop in passenger throughput for October following airberlin’s insolvency.
Air France plans return of engine-failure A380 from Goose Bay
The Air France Airbus A380 that was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Canada two months ago after one of its four engines failed is expected to return to scheduled service in January.
Lufthansa unveils first details of new business class
Lufthansa has given initial information about its new business class that will roll out from 2020, beginning with its new Boeing 777Xs.
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 at Berlin Tegel Airport
Lufthansa expands 747 use on Frankfurt-Berlin route
Lufthansa will expand Boeing 747-400 operations between Frankfurt and Berlin Tegel airports, citing high demand on the domestic route since the closure of bankrupt airberlin.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport board to discuss opening date
Berlin Brandenburg International Airport’s (BER) supervisory board will discuss a new startup date for the airport’s much-delayed opening at an extraordinary meeting Dec. 15.
Corsair Boeing 747-400
Source: TUI Group to sell Corsair 
TUI Group plans to sell French leisure airline Corsair International, a source told ATW.
LOT Boeing 787
LOT Polish Airlines to launch Singapore services in 2018
LOT Polish Airlines plans to begin 3X-weekly Warsaw-Singapore Changi services from May 15, 2018.
VLM Airlines Fokker 50
VLM Airlines acquires Belgian AOC for Fokker 50
Belgian aviation authorities have granted an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to regional VLM Airlines for its Fokker 50 aircraft, just days after approving an AOC for Airbus A320s acquired from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.
Austrian Airlines Embraer E195
Austrian Airlines to train 96 pilots for 2018
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is looking for 96 future pilots as it begins a new training course for ab initio pilots.
SkyTeam opens lounge in Vancouver
SkyTeam alliance has opened its latest branded lounge at Vancouver International Airport—its first lounge in the Americas and seventh worldwide.
Saudia Airbus A330-300
Albrecht: LCC flyadeal may integrate Saudia hub operations 
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) may team up with the group’s LCC flyadeal to increase frequencies on Saudi Arabian trunk routes to feed Saudia’s upcoming hub operations in Jeddah.
LOT: Poland needs new airport to avoid Warsaw Chopin growth limits 
The Polish government has approved a plan to build a new central airport likely to be located in central Poland between the capital Warsaw and Lodz, capable of servicing as many as 100 million passengers per year.
Strong 3Q traffic, revenue lifts Aegean Airlines net profits 
A combination of network adjustments and maturity of international destinations drove Aegean Airlines’ international tourist flow upward 14% in the first nine months of 2017, leading the Greek carrier to report a net profit of €71.7 million ($22.6 million).
Turkish Airlines sees rebound reflected in 3Q results 
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines reported a 3Q net profit of $697 million, up significantly from the $184 million profit in the year-ago period, as traffic demand returned and revenues rose.
Lufthansa Aviation Training begins fleet renewal with Cirrus aircraft 
Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) has received six of 25 Cirrus Aircraft SR20s for its primary training fleet.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 12, 2017

Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the airline and airport directly involved, but for the wider industry....More
Dec 11, 2017

Should movie theaters disclose popcorn prices ‘up front’?

With DOT dropping proposed rules that would have required airlines to disclose bag fees 'up front,' there is a lot of finger wagging about 'hidden' airline fees....More
Dec 10, 2017

British Airways, Heathrow & UK Border Force mess up big time

It's 3am, London time, Monday and I'm sitting on the floor of Heathrow Terminal 5....More
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