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.


Volotea Airbus A319
Spanish LCC Volotea opens Italy base at Cagliari
Spanish LCC Volotea has opened a new base in Italy at Cagliari Elmas Airport, where it has two Airbus A319s.
LaudaMotion Airbus A320
LaudaMotion considers fifth base; eyes up to 35 A320s by summer 2020 
Irish LCC Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion is exploring a fifth base outside its German-speaking home market and is on track to operate at least 35 Airbus A320s by summer 2020.
Zurich-based Germania Flug rebrands as Chair Airlines
Switzerland’s Germania Flug AG has rebranded as Chair Airlines, effective July 1.
Corsair Airbus A330-200
Intro Aviation eyes up to 15 A330s for Corsair, North American routes
Intro Aviation, the new majority shareholder of French long-haul airline Corsair, plans to operate up to 15 Airbus A330 classics/A330neos and add new routes to North America.
Ethiopian Airlines to start New York JFK service in June
Ethiopian Airlines plans to launch 3X-weekly Addis Ababa-New York JFK services via Abidjan, Ivory Coast, beginning June 17.
IATA AGM 2019: UIA may switch MAX order to Airbus narrowbodies
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)—which had planned to take delivery of three Boeing 737 MAX 8s beginning in mid-April—is considering switching from Boeing to Airbus aircraft as a long-term fleet strategy step.
IATA AGM 2019: Air Mauritius eyes leaner operations as competition grows
Air Mauritius is reviewing its business model and network, and upgrading its fleet, in response to growing competition at the airline’s Indian Ocean base.
Aegean widens 1Q net loss on fuel costs, lower fares
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines reported a first-quarter net loss of €35.2 million ($39.6 million), 14% greater than a €30.8 million loss in the year ago period as fuel costs rose and average fares declined.
Wizz Air Airbus A321
Wizz Air adds aircraft, new routes to Vienna base
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air, which launched operations from its Vienna, Austria base in June 2018, is adding a sixth Airbus A321 and six new routes from mid-December.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9
IATA AGM 2019: LOT CEO: Boeing MAX, 787 groundings challenge high-season operations
LOT Polish Airlines is being challenged by the grounding of its five Boeing 737 MAX 8s and some of its Rolls-Royce powered Boeing 787 fleet during the European high season.
IATA AGM 2019: SkyTeam CEO: Alliance moves from expansion to customer experience focus
Global alliance SkyTeam has refocused its priorities from network expansion to customer experience enabled by technology.
IATA AGM 2019: Boeing should consider renaming MAX, Kenya Airways CEO says
Renaming the Boeing 737 MAX could help restore the public’s trust in the aircraft when the global fleet is flying again, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said.
IATA AGM 2019: Finnair CEO eyes network growth, narrowbody re-fleet
Finnair is focused on its position as a niche European carrier whose size allows it to be flexible, the airline’s CEO said.
South African Airways CEO resigns
South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has resigned from his post, a source close to the Star Alliance member told ATW on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Seoul June 2.
IATA AGM 2019: Ethiopian CEO says brand still strong despite MAX crash
Ethiopian Airlines remains a “very strong brand” although the financial impact on the airline of the crash of one of its Boeing 737 MAXs and the subsequent grounding of the MAX is not yet known, the carrier’s chief said.
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