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.

Air Italy A330-200
Air Italy: Our ‘tiny share’ of market no threat to US majors 
Responding to allegations by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines that Air Italy’s US service additions violate the US-Qatar Open Skies agreement, the Italian carrier said, “We are puzzled (but slightly flattered) that the three very largest US carriers … claim to be threatened by us.”
Jazeera Airways A320neo
Jazeera Airways to launch Kuwait-London Gatwick services
Jazeera Airways will begin flights from Kuwait City to London Gatwick using an Airbus A320neo this year.
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
Kenya Airways, Delta codeshare to open 15 North American routes
Kenya Airways and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines have signed a codeshare agreement that will open connectivity to 11 US and four Canadian cities.
Air Mauritius A330neo
Air Mauritius takes first Airbus A330neo; to end KLM JV in October
Air Mauritius received the first of two Airbus A330-900s it has on order at Airbus’s Toulouse final assembly plant April 18; the aircraft are provided under contract with US-based Air Lease Corp. (ALC).
Air Nostrum and pilots reach labor agreement, ending strike action
Pilots of Spanish regional operator Air Nostrum, represented by the SEPLA union, have reached an agreement, ending a strike that had been planned for six days, from April 15-17 and April 22-24.
Emirates 777-200LR business class in a 2-2-2 configuration
Emirates completes 777-200LR fleet refit
Emirates Airline has reconfigured its 10 ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LRs while retiring the last two 777-300s from its fleet.
Dubai prepares to temporarily close one runway
Dubai International Airport (DXB) will close its southern runway this week for maintenance work, but the airport and Emirates Airline say they are well prepared for the 45-day closure. Work on the runway, one of two at DXB, will begin April 14 and is scheduled to run through May 30.
A4E criticizes low EU ATC performance targets
Airlines for Europe (A4E) has rebuked the European Union (EU) for extending the maximum threshold for Europe's air navigation service providers (ANSP) from 0.5 minutes to 0.9 minutes per flight, the weakest performance targets ever.
Strikes in Spain to affect air travelers during peak Easter holiday
Passengers traveling to and from Spain during the busy Easter holiday season will need to expect delays as airport ground workers, security staff and pilots plan strike action.
Azul A330neo
Brazil’s Azul to add 21 aircraft in 2019, raising capacity up to 20%
Azul Brazilian Airlines expects a total capacity growth of 18%-20% this year, consisting of a 16%-18% increase in domestic capacity and a 20%-25% rise in international capacity.
Level Airbus A321 at Amsterdam.
IAG’s Level opens base at Amsterdam Schiphol
International Airlines Group’s (IAG) Vienna-based LCC Level opened a base at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport April 7, with services to London Luton, Rome Fiumicino and Vienna.
Cockpit interior of an Airbus A320 simulator.
Lufthansa Aviation Training invests $100 million in simulators
Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) is investing €89 million ($100 million) in pilot training equipment, in response to Lufthansa’s fleet strategy plans.
Air Nostrum pilots plan six-day strike during Easter holiday
Pilots of Spanish regional operator Air Nostrum have planned six 24-hour strike days from April 15-17 and April 22-24, during the European Easter travel high season.
Turkish Airlines relocates to new Istanbul Airport
Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines started the final relocation process from the carrier’s Istanbul Atatürk hub to the new Istanbul Airport on April 5 at 3:00 a.m. local time, which was expected to take 45 hrs.
UIA Boeing 737-800
UIA cuts summer schedule on postponed 737 MAX 8 deliveries
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)—which had planned to take delivery of three Boeing 737 MAX 8s beginning in mid-April—will adjust its summer schedule as deliveries of the type are postponed until the US manufacturer’s flight-control software upgrade is certified and the grounding is lifted.
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Mar 25, 2019

When KLM decided to take over Ryanair…

Five leading European airline CEOs had some fun during the recent Airlines for Europe (A4E) Aviation Summit, saying which rival airline they would like to run for a week and why....More
Mar 13, 2019

US, under pressure, grounds MAX

A stunning week, beginning with the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX and, three days later, every single MAX is grounded—and the US was last to make that call....More
Mar 13, 2019

FAA, US airline leaders need to speak up on MAX

News this morning that Canada has grounded the Boeing 737 MAX is highly significant and truly leaves the US isolated on this issue....More

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