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.


Flydubai Boeing 737-800
Flydubai to add three seasonal routes
Dubai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) flydubai said it will launch new seasonal flights from Dubai to Batumi (Georgia), Qabala (Azerbaijan) and Tivat (Montenegro).
Turkish regional BoraJet suspends operations
Turkish regional carrier Borajet Airlines suspended operations April 23, citing maintenance issues, but said it plans to resume operations by the time the new Istanbul airport opens in 2018.
Gallery: Asiana Airlines takes first A350 XWB

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 April 24 in Toulouse, which is on lease from Dublin-based SMBC Aviation Capital. The aircraft is the first of the type to be operated by a Korean airline. Asiana has ordered 30 A350s and will initially operate the aircraft on flights from Seoul to Hong Kong and Manila beginning in May. The A350 is configured in a three-class layout with 311 seats, comprising 36 premium-economy, 28 business- and 247 economy-class seat.

Asiana Airlines A350-900
Asiana Airlines takes delivery of first A350 XWB
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, which is on lease from Dublin-based SMBC Aviation Capital.
Vilnius Airport to close for runway reconstruction this summer
Lithuania’s Vilnius Airport will temporarily close from July 14-Aug. 17 for runway reconstruction and most flights will be redirected to Kaunas Airport.
Iberia premium-economy class
Iberia reveals first premium-economy routes
Spanish flag carrier Iberia has unveiled its first Airbus A340-600 fitted with new premium-economy seats and revealed first routes.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean’s passenger growth up 5% in 1Q 2017
Greece-based Aegean Airlines and subsidiary Olympic Air carried 2.1 million passengers in the first quarter, up 5% compared to 2.01 million the year-ago quarter.
Lufthansa A320neo
Lufthansa to receive five A320neos in 2017
Lufthansa Group will take delivery of five Airbus A320neos instead of the 10 originally planned to be delivered this year, Lufthansa spokesperson Joerg Waber confirmed to ATW.
Finnair A350-900
Finnair finalizes A350 XWB sale-and-leaseback deal
Finland flag carrier Finnair has finalized a sale-and-leaseback agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services for one Airbus A350 XWB.
TAP Portugal Embraer E190
TAP Portugal to launch London City services
TAP Portugal plans to launch twice-daily weekday flights from Lisbon to London City Airport (LCY) starting Oct. 29, becoming the only airline to operate between the two destinations.
Austrian Airlines Boeing 777
Austrian Airlines mulls Airbus A321 design limit extension 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is considering a design limit extension for its aging Airbus A321 fleet, a company executive told ATW in Los Angeles.
AeroLogic appoints new management
Germany-based AeroLogic, a joint venture of Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, has appointed Josef Moser as COO and accountable manager at AeroLogic from May 1.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-600
Lufthansa says transatlantic routes remain strong 
Lufthansa’s transatlantic business remains strong—especially on North Atlantic routes—even though South America traffic and capacity have dropped, an airline executive told ATW in Los Angeles.
Airberlin A330-200
Berlin Tegel ground handling issues prompt airberlin route delay
Airberlin has delayed the planned expansion of US connections because of continued ground handling problems at Berlin-Tegel Airport.
Austrian Airlines launches Los Angeles services
Austrian Airlines launched 6X-weekly summer season Vienna-Los Angeles LAX services April 10, its sixth North American destination and first route to the US west coast.