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: An exclusive look inside Airbus's new Tianjin A330 facility

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus opened an A330 Completion and Delivery Center in Tianjin, China, to strengthen its expansion and strategic partnership with China. The first aircraft, an Airbus A330-200, was delivered to Tianjin Airlines, the carrier’s fourth of the type.

Lufthansa airberlin aircraft
Lufthansa, easyJet emerge as preferred bidders for airberlin 
Lufthansa Group and UK-based LCC easyJet have been selected as preferred bidders for the main assets of the insolvent airberlin, the Germany carrier has confirmed.
Eurowings A330-200
Condor, Eurowings to take over airberlin Caribbean routes
German leisure carrier Condor and Lufthansa Group LCC Eurowings will launch flights to the Caribbean from Dusseldorf from Sept. 25, following the closure of airberlin’s long-haul routes to these regions.
Tianjin Airlines A330
Airbus A330 Tianjin completion center to strengthen China ties 
Airbus has opened an A330 Completion and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, to strengthen its expansion and strategic partnership with China.
Turkish Airlines opens new flight training center in Istanbul
Turkish Airlines has opened a new flight training center at Istanbul Atatürk Airport for its more than 4,000 pilots and 10,000 flight attendants.
Airbus projects Chinese airlines will need 60-100 A380s
Airbus forecasts 2,000 aircraft in China by 2020 
Airbus expects to have 2,000 aircraft operating in China before the end of 2020 as demand continues to rise. In addition, Airbus projects Chinese airlines will need 60-100 A380s over the next five to seven years.
Finnair A321
Finnair to add capacity to Germany for 2018
Finnair will increase capacity 24% to German destinations beginning March 26, 2018, including a fourth daily frequency between Helsinki and Berlin.
EasyJet A319
EasyJet submits airberlin bid as investor deadline ends
UK LCC easyJet submitted a last-minute proposal to acquire parts of airberlin’s short-haul business as the deadline for potential buyers of the bankrupt German carrier ended Sept. 15.
Eurowings Airbus A320
Eurowings, UFO union sign collective agreement
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Eurowings and the UFO flight attendants union have signed a collective agreement that will enable the LCC to grow rapidly.
Adria Airways CRJ900
Austrian wet leases two Adria Airways CRJ900s
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines is wet leasing two Bombardier CRJ900s from Slovenia-based Adria Airways for short-haul routes on the Austrian network.
RwandAir A330-200
RwandAir to open second hub in Cotonou; establish JV airline
RwandAir will open a second hub in Cotonou (Benin), West Africa Sept. 30 and establish a joint venture (JV) airline.
Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda and partners bid for NIKI, parts of airberlin 
Niki Lauda, ex-Formula 1 champion and founder of Austria-based airberlin subsidiary NIKI, is partnering with UK-based Thomas Cook Group and its German leisure airline subsidiary Condor to bid for NIKI and other parts of airberlin.
Airberlin A320
Airberlin, Eurowings cancel more flights as pilots continue sickout
Airberlin canceled another 32 flights Wednesday, Sept. 13, after pilots continued to call in sick for the second day in unusually high numbers as the Sept. 15 deadline nears for potential buyers of the bankrupt German carrier.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin cancels 100 flights as pilots call in sick
Airberlin canceled more than 100 flights Sept. 12 after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers fearing possible redundancies at the bankrupt German carrier.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair announces major Frankfurt expansion
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will base another three Boeing 737-800s at Frankfurt Main Airport, taking it to 10 aircraft at the German hub, and add another five routes from its Madrid base.