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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.

Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air to boost capacity in Austria, UK
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air, which launched operations at its Vienna, Austria, base in June 2018, is adding two more Airbus A321s and six new routes in mid-December.
Helvetic Airways prepares for transition to E190-E2 fleet 
Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways has completed preparations for its 12 Embraer E190-E2s to enter into service, with delivery of the first four anticipated this year.
Embraer’s Slattery: Boeing JV antitrust approval on track for year-end 
Embraer’s commercial aircraft joint venture (JV) with Boeing is on track to receive antitrust approval by the end of the year, but there is still much work to be done to bring the companies together, Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery said.
CEO: Star Alliance focuses on seamless travel for member airlines 
Star Alliance is continuing efforts to deliver a better experience for passengers traveling across its global network on multiple carriers, according to alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh.
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300
Air Belgium boosts transatlantic routes; returns to Hong Kong
Air Belgium is increasing routes to the French Caribbean, adding two transatlantic destinations, and making a comeback to China.
Lufthansa A350-900
Lufthansa, Eurowings to expand leisure long-haul network in 2020
Lufthansa and its LCC subsidiary Eurowings plans to expand their leisure long-haul network from their Munich and Frankfurt hubs, starting from summer 2020.
Avianca Brasil to exit Star Alliance Sept. 1
Brazilian airline Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas S/A, formerly doing business as Avianca Brasil, will leave Star Alliance Sept. 1.
Turkish sees 2Q net profit decline on new airport move, MAX grounding
Turkish Airlines reported a 2019 second-quarter net income of $26 million, down 79.5% from a net profit of $127 million in the year-ago period.
Air Serbia A319
Air Serbia stays profitable in 2018 on business, network improvements
Air Serbia reported a €12.2 million ($13.9 million) net profit for 2018, down 22% from €15.7 million a year ago.
Flydubai to expand Southeast Asia network
Dubai-based LCC flydubai will expand services to Thailand and Myanmar by adding Krabi and Yangon routes to its network this winter.
Ethiopian Airlines expands India, African network
Ethiopian Airlines will expand services to India and within Africa by adding Bangalore and Beira (Mozambique) routes to its network this fall.
LaudaMotion, pilots reach agreement, avoiding job cuts
Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion and its pilots have reached an agreement on two labor issues, avoiding the possibility of job cuts at the Vienna-based LCC, according to a local news report.
TUI Boeing 737 MAX 8
TUI Group sees 3Q net profit decline on MAX grounding
Hanover, Germany-based TUI Group has seen a negative financial impact by the global Boeing 737 MAX grounding as well as delayed bookings for the 2019 third quarter (April-June).
Cargolux Boeing 747-400F
Cargolux, trade unions ink new collective work agreements
After more than a year of intense negotiations, Luxembourg’s all-freight operator Cargolux has signed two new collective work agreements with trade unions LCGB and OGBL.
SWISS to launch Washington, Osaka services in 2020
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to launch new services from Zurich to Washington Dulles and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.
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