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Kurt Hofmann


Kurt Hofmann has been writing on the airline industry for nearly 25 years for a number of different media outlets in Europe. He appears frequently on Austrian, Swiss and German television and broadcasting channels to discuss issues affecting commercial aviation.

He joined ATW in 2004 and is a regular contributor to ATWOnline with a special focus on airlines in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kurt worked as a travel agent in the 1990s, but soon began reporting on civil aviation. Through the years, he has established a very strong personal global network with CEOs and other executives in the airline industry.

Turkish Airlines A321neo
Turkish 3Q net profit down 8.3% on challenging environment
Turkish Airlines reported a 2019 third-quarter net income of $655 million, down 8.3% from $714 million in the year-ago period.
Finnair Airbus A350-900
Finnair sets sustainability targets; to decide on narrowbody fleet
Finnair said sustainability will be a key driver for its 2020-2025 strategy period. This includes a long-awaited decision for a new narrowbody fleet, which will be the most significant contributor to the airline’s sustainability agenda.
Greece’s Astra Airlines cancels flights
Greek regional Astra Airlines has not operated any flights since Nov. 9, as a result of financial problems.
South African Airways A320
South African Airways to cut more than 900 jobs in restructuring plan
South African Airways (SAA) is embarking on a restructuring process that may lead to cutting approximately 944 out of 5,149 jobs.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air grows capacity in Poland, adds 15 routes
Wizz Air plans to add four Airbus A320s to its Polish operations, for a total of 30 aircraft based in the country, and launch 15 new routes.
Finnair outlines market-driven strategy for 2020-2025
After a period of accelerated expansion, Finnair said it will now focus on growing in line with the market as it updated its 2020-2025 strategy.
Jazeera Airways 9-month net profit up 90% on network expansion
Jazeera Airways increased its net profit for the first nine months of 2019, as the hybrid carrier said it continues to expand its network based on “solid” operations.
Austrian Airlines retrenches in face of ‘brutal’ LCC competition
Facing intense competition from LCCs in Vienna and rising fuel prices, Austrian Airlines saw a steep drop in earnings for the first nine months and warned of a possible loss for the financial year.
SWISS nine-month earnings down on fuel, maintenance costs
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) posted adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of CHF490 million ($493.5 million) for the first nine months, down 11% from CHF549 million a year ago.
Lufthansa cabin crews call for two-day strike
Lufthansa cabin crews, represented by the UFO union, said they will strike Nov. 7 and 8 after labor negotiations with the airline broke down.
Six months after launch, FlyArystan eyes further growth
Air Astana’s LCC FlyArystan carried more than 455,000 passengers during its first six months of commercial operations and is setting its sights on continued growth.
Austrian Airlines to cut costs, jobs as LCC competition intensifies
In the face of stiff competition from LCCs in Vienna, Austrian Airlines will undertake an aggressive cost-cutting effort in 2020 and eliminate hundreds of jobs.
Qatar Airways postpones fleet retirements on 777X delays 
Qatar Airways will postpone the retirement of its current Boeing 777s to compensate for delivery delays of the new 777X variant, group CEO Akbar Al Baker said.
Istanbul Airport serves over 41 million passengers in first year
Turkey’s new Istanbul Airport has served more than 41 million passengers—an average of 210,000 per day—since opening one year ago.
Emirates, flydubai optimize network, aircraft utilization
Dubai-based airlines Emirates and flydubai expect to further optimize their network and aircraft utilization, ensuring year-round routes with “seasonal” patterns, while opening up opportunities for both carriers to serve new markets.
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Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

Korean Air has just released details of its new safety video and it is certainly different; it’s a music video featuring K-pop band SuperM, which created a song for this purpose....More
Oct 30, 2019

Boeing scrutiny by lawmakers tough but necessary

While Boeing employees—and particularly CEO Dennis Muilenburg—have endured an awful two days at the US Senate and House hearings into the 737 MAX crashes today and yesterday, these hearings were necessary, and the questions posed by lawmakers were fair if often tough....More
Oct 28, 2019

Value for emissions ​

Just as value for money is a priority for airline customers, could ‘value for emissions’ be a better way of balancing the environmental – and economic - impact of aviation....More

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