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.


Laudamotion owner Niki Lauder
Laudamotion to relaunch new branding in October, eyes A320neo 
Laudamotion, the rebranded bankrupt airberlin Austria-based subsidiary NIKI, will launch March 25 with an interim branding on former airberlin aircraft.
Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300
Austrian Airlines boosts 2017 results on increased European demand
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines has reported a 2017 adjusted EBIT of €94 million ($112.6 million), up 62% from €58 million in 2016.
Gallery: An inside look at Boeing's production plant in Everett

Boeing's plant in Everett, built in 1968, is one of the largest building in the world. As aircraft types have changed, so have assembly lines to produce the new aircraft. Boeing is now transitioning from producing the 777s to the 777X in a three-year timeframe.  

ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann was on site to give you exclusive photos of Boeing's production plant.

Air France-KLM CEO: Group must adapt to fast-changing environment 
Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said the group must respond further to a fast-changing air transport environment to be more competitive.
O’Leary challenged by Ryanair’s rapid fleet, passenger growth 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary sees operations as the Irish LCC’s biggest challenge in 2018 as passenger numbers and fleet continue to grow.
Turkish confirms split widebody orders, changes mix
Turkish Airlines finalized MOUs it had for widebodies from Airbus and Boeing March 9, but changed the mix of aircraft, ordering more A350s and fewer 787s than in its original agreements.
All-women crew operates first Ethiopian Airlines Buenos Aires flight
Ethiopian Airlines launched 5X-weekly Addis Ababa-Buenos Aires Ezeiza services, March. 8. The flight is being operated with a Boeing 787-8 and makes a stop in Sao Paolo Guraulhos, Brazil.
Kenya Airways eyes Boeing MAX 
Kenya Airways is weighing the possibility of acquiring four Boeing 737 MAX narrowbodies to operate on smaller international markets.
CEO: Air France to decide on narrowbody fleet in 2018 
Air France will decide on its future narrowbody fleet this year and wants to take delivery of its first new aircraft from 2021.
Wizz Air A321
Wizz Air further expands Vienna operations
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air will add two more Airbus A321s to its Vienna, Austria base in early 2019, bringing the total number of aircraft based there to five.
Laudamotion to launch March 25
Laudamotion, the rebranded bankrupt airberlin subsidiary NIKI, plans to launch operations March 25, owner Niki Lauda confirmed to ATW.
Austrian Airlines A319
Austrian Airlines cancels 140 flights during union negotiations
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines has canceled more than 140 out of 570 flights March 6-7 as collective bargaining meetings are expected to interrupt flight operations, affecting 10,000 passengers.
Rendering of Wizz Air A321neo
Wizz Air CCO: Rapid fleet expansion presents operational challenges
Wizz Air sees operations as its biggest challenge in 2018 as the Budapest-based LCC continues rapid growth.
Austrian Airlines A320
Austrian Airlines expands capacity to Tel Aviv
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines will fly 18X-weekly Vienna-Tel Aviv services from March 25, up four additional frequencies per week compared to the prior-year period.
Austria’s Laudamotion receives AOC
Laudamotion, the rebranded bankrupt airberlin subsidiary NIKI, has received an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Austrian aviation authority Austro Control.