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.


Emirates Airline to codeshare with Italy train operator
Emirates Airline plans to codeshare with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, which plans to add 27 train stations to the Dubai-based carrier’s network.
Abu Dhabi Airports names new CEO as AUH expansion plans ramp up
Abu Dhabi Airports has appointed Bryan Thompson as CEO as the company continues to implement a multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which is designed to increase overall capacity.
Austrian Airlines’ new livery
CCO: Austrian to raise summer 2019 capacity as LCC competition grows 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to increase capacity in summer 2019 to protect its market share as LCC competition intensifies.
Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300
Turkish Airlines swings to profit in 1H on revenue gains 
Turkish Airlines reported strong 2018 first-half profits Aug. 9, citing increasing demand and unit revenues, despite increasing fuel prices.
Adria Airways opens German base at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Slovenia’s Adria Airways plans to open a base at German’s Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport from winter 2018-19.
Norwegian wet leases Hi Fly A380 for London-NY route
Low-cost, long-haul carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is operating a single Airbus A380 from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly through Aug. 23 on its London Gatwick-New York JFK services to fill in for temporarily out-of-service Boeing 787s as they undergo Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine inspections.
EasyJet expands Switzerland operations
UK-based easyJet plans to further expand its Switzerland operations by adding new services, including up to 3X-weekly Basel-Warsaw (Poland) and 4X-weekly Geneva-Warsaw flights beginning Oct 28.
Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines introduces upgraded A380 on Zurich route
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has replaced its Airbus A380 on the Zurich-Singapore route with an A380 version fitted with the latest onboard cabin productions and innovations.
Air Italy Airbus A330-200
Air Italy increases frequencies on long-haul routes
Newly rebranded Air Italy plans to increase frequencies this winter on its new long-haul network because of strong demand.
From left, new CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech and former CEO Kay Kratky.
New Austrian Airlines CEO takes over Aug. 1
Former Lufthansa Cargo CCO and executive board member Alexis von Hoensbroech will take over as CEO of Austrian Airlines on Aug. 1.
Lufthansa 1H results reflect cancellations, Eurowings challenges 
Lufthansa Group delivered a €677 million net profit for the first half of 2018, however flight cancellations and expansion of LCC Eurowings burdened group earnings.
AirBaltic crew at the Farnborough Air Show.
AirBaltic reports 1H revenue up 19% on new business plan
Latvian flag carrier airBaltic posted a first-half revenue of €180.8 million ($216.7 million), a 19% increase over the same period last year. Passenger numbers for the half-year grew 20% year-over-year (YOY) to 1.9 million.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair’s German pilots back strike action
Ryanair’s German pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, have voted to strike if the Irish LCC has not submitted a “negotiable offer” by Aug. 6.
Finnair Airbus A320
Finnair launches high-speed internet service on A320 fleet
Finnair has launched a new high-speed internet service on its European Airbus A320 family flights in a partnership with California-based communications provider Viasat.
Air Austral, Air Madagascar & Kenya Airways join forces
La Réunion-based Air Austral and Air Madagascar have signed an MOU with SkyTeam member Kenya Airways to lay the foundation for a new partnership and boost their presence in Africa and the Indian Ocean.
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