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.


Austrian court rejects complaints against Vienna Airport’s third runway
Austria’s Constitutional Court has dismissed citizen complaints against Vienna Airport’s third runway and has referred further action to the Administrative Court.
LOT Embraer E195
New Polish Aviation Group to strengthen regional aviation sector
The Polish government has established a Polish Aviation Group (PGL) to strengthen its position in the regional aviation sector.
ANA Boeing 787-9
ANA to expand European network with Vienna service
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its network to Europe with daily Tokyo Haneda-Vienna (Austria) services, starting Feb. 19, 2019.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8
Ethiopian Airlines MRO facility to repair first GEnx engines in Africa 
Ethiopian Maintenance & Engineering Services, part of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, has become the first MRO in Africa to repair GE Aviation’s GEnx engine, which powers the Boeing 787.
Ryanair appoints third new managing director for LaudaMotion
Ryanair has confirmed the Irish LCC has appointed a third managing director for Austria-based LaudaMotion.
Lufthansa Airbus A319
Lufthansa’s CityLine to begin Airbus A319 operations in 2019
Lufthansa Group is making another shift to its regional airline portfolio by transferring its Airbus A319s from Lufthansa mainline to Lufthansa CityLine, starting in 2019.
Corsair Boeing 747-400
TUI in talks with German Intro Aviation Group to sell Corsair
TUI Group has confirmed is in talks with German airline investment group Intro Aviation to sell French leisure airline Corsair International.
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss
CEO: AirBaltic A220-300 delivers higher-than-expected fuel savings
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss told ATW the Airbus A220-300 (former Bombardier CS300) has so far delivered higher-than-expected fuel savings. In addition, the launch operator has overcome many technical issues with the aircraft.
Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX
Flydubai to operate 39 routes from DWC during DXB runway closure
Dubai-based flydubai will operate 39 routes to select destinations from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) during the 45-day runway closure in 2019 at Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) of southern runway (12R-30L).
Air Italy to wet lease A330 to Finnair after ORD incident
Finnair will wet-lease an Airbus A330 from Air Italy to operate its Helsinki-Chicago O’Hare and Helsinki-Miami routes Oct. 12-31.
Wizz Air modifies baggage policy from Nov. 1
Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air has announced a new baggage policy, effective Nov. 1.
Saudia Boeing 787-9
Saudia increases capacity, frequencies on international routes
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has announced additional seat capacity and frequencies on several international routes.
LaudaMotion, Lufthansa to drop dispute on leasing contracts 
Lufthansa and Ryanair’s Austria-based LCC LaudaMotion have agreed to end an aircraft leasing dispute that escalated in July.
SAS Airbus A320neo
SAS Scandinavian Airlines to add 17 new routes in summer 2019
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will add 17 direct routes from Scandinavia in summer 2019.
SWISS adds three wet-leased Saab 2000s
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has added three Saab 2000 turboprops to its fleet, wet-leased from Slovenia-based Adria Airways, and will end the wet-lease of one Austrian Airlines Bombardier Q400, all as of Oct. 28.
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