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Kurt Hofmann

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.

Articles
LaudaMotion CEO expects profitability in third year
Vienna-based LCC LaudaMotion will see continued losses in its second year of operations, but expects profitability in FY2021 as the scaling effects of fleet and network growth reduce costs.
Airlines learn to navigate the path to ancillary revenue growth
As ancillary revenue becomes increasingly important to their bottom lines, many airlines are finding that determining which products and services to offer is a learning process.
Gallery: An exclusive look at Turkish Airlines' new lounges at Istanbul Airport
Turkish Do&Co, a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Austria-based catering company Do&Co, operates the carrier's lounges at the new Istanbul Airport. ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann brings you exclusive photos from a visit.
EasyJet prepares for more summer disruptions in Europe
UK LCC easyJet is taking steps to prepare for another summer of anticipated flight disruptions in Europe.
Colombia’s Viva Air mines data to improve air travel
Colombia-based LCC Viva Air, through its innovation lab, is working with universities to harness data and develop new ways to increase revenue, improve the passenger experience and drive operational efficiency.
Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800
CEO: UIA to restructure Kiev hub model; has no interest in alliances
Ukraine International Airlines is reviewing its hub system at Kiev Boryspil International Airport to improve efficiency and optimize its network.
Vienna Airport reports passenger record for first five months
Vienna International Airport (VIE) saw a record number of passengers in the first five months of 2019 and anticipates further growth as traffic increases, particularly in the LCC market.
Pakistan International Airlines eyes digital services
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is working to catch up with the digital ancillary services market as part of a roadmap it laid out three years ago.
Virgin Atlantic sees extra revenue from three-tier economy offering
Virgin Atlantic’s decision to divide its economy product into three tiers two years ago has been paying dividends, EVP-commercial Juha Jarvinen said.
PARIS 2019: Cebu orders A321XLRs; Saudia A320neos & Delta more A220s
Cebu Pacific signed an MOU for 16 Airbus A330-900s, five A320neos and 10 A321XLRs, the newest and longest-range version of the A321neo. The MOU was among a set of new Airbus aircraft order announcements made on the second day of the Paris Air Show that included AirAsia, Delta Air Lines and Saudia.
Avianca appoints former Aeromexico exec new CEO 
Bogota-based Avianca Holdings SA has appointed Anko van der Werff as new CEO, effective July 15.
Volotea Airbus A319
Spanish LCC Volotea opens Italy base at Cagliari
Spanish LCC Volotea has opened a new base in Italy at Cagliari Elmas Airport, where it has two Airbus A319s.
LaudaMotion Airbus A320
LaudaMotion considers fifth base; eyes up to 35 A320s by summer 2020 
Irish LCC Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion is exploring a fifth base outside its German-speaking home market and is on track to operate at least 35 Airbus A320s by summer 2020.
Zurich-based Germania Flug rebrands as Chair Airlines
Switzerland’s Germania Flug AG has rebranded as Chair Airlines, effective July 1.
Corsair Airbus A330-200
Intro Aviation eyes up to 15 A330s for Corsair, North American routes
Intro Aviation, the new majority shareholder of French long-haul airline Corsair, plans to operate up to 15 Airbus A330 classics/A330neos and add new routes to North America.
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Blogs & Commentary
Jun 25, 2019
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US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More
Jun 20, 2019
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PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

The fourth and final trade show day saw a handful of additional Airbus narrowbody orders or conversions, closing a show that was relatively light on new airliner order numbers—as anticipated—but which still delivered some surprises....More
Jun 19, 2019
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PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs

Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody....More

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