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.

Wizz Air CEO József Váradi
Wizz Air CEO: No need for the complexity of airline partnerships 
Wizz Air CEO József Váradi said the Central and Eastern European LCC has no interest in airline partnerships as it has reached a scale to be competitive in the market.
Al Baker: Qatar hopes to be first to fly the 777X 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker anticipates that deliveries of the Boeing 777X will be on time and hopes the airline will be the first to fly the new long-haul aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2020.
Romania’s Tarom appoints provisional GM
Florin Susanu has been appointed as the provisional GM of Romanian flag carrier Tarom.
Qatar Airways CEO: Confidence in MAX and Boeing unshaken 
Despite the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8s in five months, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker says his confidence in the aircraft and the manufacturer remains unchanged.
SWISS A220-100
SWISS to designate CSeries aircraft as A220s 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will rename its Bombardier CS100/300 aircraft as Airbus A220-100/300s later this year.
Court gives final approval for third runway at Vienna Airport
Austria’s Supreme Administrative Court has granted permission for Vienna Airport to add a third runway.
Wizz Air A320neo
Wizz Air launches Airbus A321neo operations
Wizz Air has begun scheduled Airbus A321neo operations March 15 from Budapest (Hungary) to London Luton (UK).
Analysts: TUI 737 MAX 8 grounding costs $3.4 million per week
Hanover, Germany-based TUI Group's grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet will cost the company about €3 million ($3.4 million) per week, European analysts say.
Saudia Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Saudi Arabian Airlines evaluates widebody order
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) CEO Jaan Albrecht told ATW the carrier is evaluating a major widebody order within the next six months—which could be either an Airbus A350 or Boeing 787—and is considering new long-haul routes to North America.
SWISS 2018 operating profit up 16% on traffic growth, fuel-efficient aircraft
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) posted a record operating profit of CHF636 million ($645.9 million) for 2018, up 16% from CHF548 million in the previous year.
Turkish Airlines to move to new Istanbul Airport April 6
Turkish Airlines has confirmed it will transfer operations from its current hub at Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport on April 6.
Lufthansa Aviation Training sees strong FFS demand
Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) continues to see strong demand for full-flight simulator (FFS)-based pilot training, even though the industry is in its ninth consecutive year of growth.
Refurbished SWISS A340 business class
SWISS returns first refurbished A340-300 to revenue service
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) operated its first Airbus A340-300 with a completely refurbished interior on its first revenue flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Japan’s Tokyo Narita on March 7.
Gallery: Star Alliance opens branded lounge in Amsterdam
The Star Alliance-branded lounges network has grown to eight, with the opening of its newest one March 8, which became the first dedicated alliance lounge in Amsterdam.
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US, under pressure, grounds MAX

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