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.


Gallery: Airbus unveils first ANA A380 in sea turtle livery

ANA's first  A380 has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg Finkenwerder on Dec. 13. ANA Holdings placed a firm order for three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the very large aircraft in Japan. Airbus provided these pictures of the A380, which bears the airline’s distinctive and unique Hawaiian green sea turtle livery.

LaudaMotion to add nine routes, increase frequencies in 2019
Austria-based Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion will add nine routes and increase frequencies on existing services in 2019.
Avianca Colombia A320neo
CEO: Avianca Colombia to add European routes as demand grows
Bogota-based Avianca—which reported load factors of nearly 90% in the third quarter on hub routes to Europe—plans to add a second daily Bogota-London Heathrow service if slots are available.
SunExpress Boeing 737-800
SunExpress to increase summer 2019 capacity by 15%
Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines’ joint venture SunExpress will increase capacity by 15% for the summer 2019 season in response to strong demand in Turkey.
EVA Air to expand Japan services; boost capacity 10%
Taiwan’s EVA Air plans to add three more destinations in Japan in 2019 and boost capacity by 10% as it reshapes its Japanese market and global network.
LOT to increase US frequencies as more 787-9s arrive in 2019
LOT Polish Airlines plans to increase frequencies on its North American routes as the Warsaw-based carrier takes delivery of four more Boeing 787-9s in 2019.
Saudia Airbus A330-300
Saudia expands India network, increases frequencies
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has added its ninth destination in India by relaunching services to Calicut after ceasing services in May 2015 because of widebody aircraft runway restrictions.
WOW Air A330-300
WOW Air begins Reykjavik Keflavik-Delhi services
Icelandic LCC WOW Air launched 3X-weekly Reykjavik Keflavik-Delhi (India) services Dec. 6, using a 345-seat Airbus A330-300.
Rendering of A320neo in Aegean livery
Aegean selects Pratt GTF engine for A320neo family aircraft
Aegean Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine for up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
Thomas Cook Airbus A321
Thomas Cook posts 37% profit growth despite disruptions
The airline division of UK travel operator Thomas Cook Group weathered summer European aviation disruptions to post a 37% profit growth to £129 million ($150 million) for the financial year ended Sept. 30.
Switzerland’s PrivatAir files for insolvency
Swiss charter carrier PrivatAir filed for insolvency Dec. 5, including its German subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH.
Air Astana takes first Embraer E190-E2
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has taken delivery of its first Embraer E190-E2, which arrived at Nursultan Nazarbayev International airport in Astana Dec. 3.
Some flydubai DXB flights switch to T3 as part of Emirates cooperation
Dubai-based LCC flydubai has moved flights to 11 of its destinations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Finnair faces disruptions as regional pilots plan action
Finnair is preparing for disruptions in domestic and regional flights beginning Dec.1 as a result of a planned industrial action by pilots of its regional operation, Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra).
TAP Air Portugal to add Chicago and Washington services
TAP Air Portugal is expanding its US network by adding 5X-weekly Lisbon-Chicago O’Hare service starting June 1, 2019and 5X-weekly Washington Dulles service from June 16.
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