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.

ATW Photo Gallery: Bombardier in final preparations for first CSeries delivery to SWISS
Montreal Mirabel-based aircraft manufacturer Bombardier plans to deliver the first-ever CSeries 100 to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss international Air Lines by the end of June. ATW visited the facility on May 11 to get the latest update, touring the Final Assembly Line and meeting with management including President Commercial Aircraft Fred Cromer.
Bombardier CS100
Cromer: Airlines may take a second look at CSeries 
Bombardier’s first CSeries delivery, a CS100 to Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines, is on track for the end of June and opens a new gate for the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said at the company’s production site in Montreal.
Aerolíneas Argentinas increases frequencies to Europe
Buenos Aires-based Aerolíneas Argentinas has announced several route improvements.
Qatar A350 XWB
Qatar Airways cuts flights because of aircraft shortages 8
Qatar Airways is making selective flight cancellations in several markets because of a delay in Airbus aircraft deliveries, Qatar Airways executive communications manager Christine Sarkis confirmed to ATW in Doha.
TAAG Angola Airlines 777-300ER
TAAG Angola Airlines’ new 777-300ER to fly on Portugal route
TAAG Angola Airlines, the national airline of Angola, has taken delivery of another Boeing 777-300ER, which will be used on Angola-Portugal double daily services from June 2.
Transavia to launch Munich-Berlin flights
Air France-KLM’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Transavia will launch 12X-weekly Munich-Berlin Schönefeld services on May 30, becoming the first LCC to operate from the Bavarian capital to the German capital.
Air France-KLM narrows loss in 1Q
Air France-KLM Group has reported a first-quarter net loss of €155 million ($175.3 million), narrowed from a €559 million net loss in the year-ago period.
Etihad: 31 passengers injured in severe turbulence near Jakarta
An Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200, operating as flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on May 4, encountered severe and unexpected turbulence about 45 minutes prior to arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, injuring 31 passengers, the airline reported in a statement.
Alitalia 777
Alitalia narrows losses in 2015; on track for profitability in 2017
Italian flag carrier Alitalia has reported a 2015 net loss of €199 million ($217.4 million), narrowed from a loss of €580 million in 2014.
Air France A380
Air France-KLM appoints Jean-Marc Janaillac as chairman and CEO 1
Air France-KLM has appointed Jean-Marc Janaillac as chairman and CEO when Alexandre de Juniac steps down to replace the retiring Tony Tyler as IATA’s DG and CEO this summer.
Turkish Airlines 777-300ER
Turkish Airlines to take delivery of 26 Boeing aircraft in 2016
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines will take delivery of six Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 737-800NGs in 2016.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin deepens losses in 2015
Airberlin has reported a €446.6 million loss ($485.5 million) in 2015, deepened from a €376.7 million loss in the year-ago period.
Eurowings A330-300
Lufthansa working to bring Brussels Airlines into Eurowings 
The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa is working to bring 45%-owned Brussels Airlines into its low-cost carrier (LCC) Eurowings and will decide by the end of August whether to exercise a call option to allow for a full takeover.
French ATCs to strike again April 28 
French air traffic controllers (ATCs) will strike again Thursday, April 28, the 44th strike day in France since 2009.
Lufthansa aircraft at Munich Airport
New Munich satellite facility to boost Lufthansa’s competitiveness 
Lufthansa Hub Munich CEO Thomas Winkelmann told ATW he believes the new satellite facility at Munich Airport, which began operations Tuesday, will better position Lufthansa in the global aviation competitive market.
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Consistent inconsistency

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Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers 5

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