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.


LOT Boeing 787
LOT Polish Airlines to launch Singapore services in 2018
LOT Polish Airlines plans to begin 3X-weekly Warsaw-Singapore Changi services from May 15, 2018.
VLM Airlines Fokker 50
VLM Airlines acquires Belgian AOC for Fokker 50
Belgian aviation authorities have granted an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to regional VLM Airlines for its Fokker 50 aircraft, just days after approving an AOC for Airbus A320s acquired from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.
Austrian Airlines Embraer E195
Austrian Airlines to train 96 pilots for 2018
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is looking for 96 future pilots as it begins a new training course for ab initio pilots.
SkyTeam opens lounge in Vancouver
SkyTeam alliance has opened its latest branded lounge at Vancouver International Airport—its first lounge in the Americas and seventh worldwide.
Saudia Airbus A330-300
Albrecht: LCC flyadeal may integrate Saudia hub operations 
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) may team up with the group’s LCC flyadeal to increase frequencies on Saudi Arabian trunk routes to feed Saudia’s upcoming hub operations in Jeddah.
LOT: Poland needs new airport to avoid Warsaw Chopin growth limits 
The Polish government has approved a plan to build a new central airport likely to be located in central Poland between the capital Warsaw and Lodz, capable of servicing as many as 100 million passengers per year.
Strong 3Q traffic, revenue lifts Aegean Airlines net profits 
A combination of network adjustments and maturity of international destinations drove Aegean Airlines’ international tourist flow upward 14% in the first nine months of 2017, leading the Greek carrier to report a net profit of €71.7 million ($22.6 million).
Turkish Airlines sees rebound reflected in 3Q results 
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines reported a 3Q net profit of $697 million, up significantly from the $184 million profit in the year-ago period, as traffic demand returned and revenues rose.
Lufthansa Aviation Training begins fleet renewal with Cirrus aircraft
Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) has received six of 25 Cirrus Aircraft SR20s for its primary training fleet.
IndiGo A320s
IndiGo to reach 1,000 flights per day in December
Indian LCC IndiGo will launch 47 flights in December, which includes19 new routes and 28 additional frequencies, achieving 1,000 flights per day on Dec. 23, 2017.
Brussels Airlines A330
Brussels Airlines to operate long-haul flights for Eurowings 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines will operate long-haul flights for LCC Eurowings from Düsseldorf, Germany, starting in summer 2018, Eurowings MD-operations Michael Knitter confirmed to ATW.
Gallery: Onboard Emirates Airline's 100th A380

Emirates Airline took delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 on Nov. 3 at the manufacturer plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder. ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann gives an exclusive look at the new cabin interior features. The Dubai-based carrier has 42 additional A380s on order and is the largest operator of the type.

Edelweiss Air A320
Edelweiss Air to lease A320s from Macquarie Group
Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) subsidiary Edelweiss Air will add three leased Lufthansa Airbus A320s from Macquarie Group as part of its expansion plans.
Clark sees potential for 200 A380s at new Dubai airport
The new Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) would allow Emirates Airline to operate 200 Airbus A380s – twice as many as it has today, the carrier’s president said Friday.
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
Kenya Airways suspends Hong Kong, Hanoi services
Kenya Airways ceased flights to Hong Kong, China and Hanoi, Vietnam from Oct. 29, following an evaluation of its Asian network.