Kurt Hofmann


Kurt Hofmann has been writing on the airline industry for nearly 25 years for a number of different media outlets in Europe. He appears frequently on Austrian, Swiss and German television and broadcasting channels to discuss issues affecting commercial aviation.

He joined ATW in 2004 and is a regular contributor to ATWOnline with a special focus on airlines in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kurt worked as a travel agent in the 1990s, but soon began reporting on civil aviation. Through the years, he has established a very strong personal global network with CEOs and other executives in the airline industry.


TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-200
Tap Air Portugal introduces EconomyXtra class
Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal has launched a new travel class—EconomyXtra—which is located between the traditional Economy and Business Class on medium-haul flights.
SunExpress appoints new strategy & transformation director
Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines’ joint venture SunExpress has named Armin Bovensiepen as the company’s new director strategy and transformation, beginning Oct. 14.
Emirates A380
Clark: Emirates A380 fleet will operate into the mid-2030s 
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark expects to operate an Airbus A380 fleet for the next 15 years.
Gallery: A look at Air Astana's first A321neoLR state-of-the-art cabin
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana have presented its first of seven Airbus A321neoLR in the airline’s technical center at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport. The aircraft will replace the carrier's Boeing 757s, take over existing long-haul routes, and add capacity for new services including Tokyo and Singapore. Exclusive photos by ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann.
Air Astana A321neoLR
Air Astana eyes international expansion with A321neoLRs
Air Astana is targeting international expansion when it receives all seven of its Airbus A321neoLRs, which are expected to take the Kazakhstan-based carrier to a new level, president and CEO Peter Foster told ATW.
Munich Airport CEO sees limited European impact from new global hubs
The recent openings of two global hubs—Beijing Daxing and the new Istanbul Airport—will have a limited impact on Europe’s hub systems, Munich Airport president and CEO Michael Kerkloh said.
KLM Boeing 737-800
Elbers: Replacing KLM’s Boeing 737s not a priority 
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CEO Pieter Elbers sees no urgent need to decide soon on a replacement aircraft for its narrowbody Boeing 737s.
Air France-KLM: ‘Too early’ to see Delta, LATAM cooperation benefits
Air France-KLM chief executives say it is too early to see how the new strategic cooperation between Delta Air Lines and Chile’s LATAM Airlines will affect the SkyTeam alliance and its member-partners.
Finnair A350-900
Finnair to fly to Tokyo Haneda in 2020
Helsinki-based Finnair plans to launch flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport from summer 2020.
Air France-KLM Group CEO Ben Smith
CEO: Air France can learn from KLM’s efficiency 
The Air France-KLM Group has seen a major improvement in operations since reaching labor stability, CEO Ben Smith said during a press conference in Amsterdam.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air expands capacity in Romania
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air plans to expand its Romanian operations and will base one additional Airbus A320 in the city of Iasi.
Adria Airways CRJ900
Bankrupt Adria Airways leaves Star Alliance
Insolvent Slovenian carrier Adria Airways left Star Alliance Oct. 2, becoming the second member airline in a month to leave the alliance because of bankruptcy.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair German pilots vote for 4-year collective labor agreement
Irish LCC Ryanair’s German pilots have voted in favor of a four-year collective labor agreement (CLA) to cover all Ryanair’s directly employed pilots in Germany until March 2023.
Brussels Airlines plans to launch 6X-weekly Brussels-Ljubljana services
Star Alliance members boost Slovenia services after Adria bankruptcy 
Star Alliance partners Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plan to increase their presence in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after Adria Airways filed for bankruptcy Sept. 30.
Lufthansa Technik, GE Aviation engine MRO shop opens in Poland
Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation have launched a new MRO facility, XEOS, in southwest Poland to overhaul GEnx-2B and, eventually, GE9X engines.
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