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.


Etihad Airways and Airbus employees
Etihad takes delivery of 10th and final A380
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its 10th and final Airbus A380.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air reports net profit for FY2017 up 28%
Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air reported a net profit of €246 million ($258.3 million) for the financial year ended March 31, up 28% compared to net profit of €193 million in the previous financial year.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings opens Palma de Mallorca base
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings opened a base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May 24, and will launch its first Airbus A320 flight May 25 to Bremen, Germany.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air enhances A320 operations in Belgrade
Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air has based a second Airbus A320 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Emirates A380
Emirates to fly A380 on Beijing, Shanghai & Birmingham services
Dubai-based Emirates Airlines will begin a second daily Airbus A380 service to Beijing and Shanghai Pudong from July 1, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER on both routes.
Germania Boeing 737-700
Germania opens Palma de Mallorca base
Berlin-based Germania opened a base in Palma de Mallorca, Spain May 19, and will operate daily flights between Palma de Mallorca and Friedrichshafen, Muenster/Osnabruck, Dresden, Bremen and Nuremberg for the summer season.
Lufthansa Technik Middle East opens new Dubai facility
Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) has become fully operational in the Aviation District at Dubai South, near Dubai’s Al Maktoum International.
Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8
Uzbekistan Airways launches 787-8 operations to New York
Uzbekistan Airways launched 2X-weekly Tashkent-Riga-New York JFK Boeing 787-8 services, replacing a 767-300ER on the route, May 18.
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair begins trialing connecting flights through Rome
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair began trialing connecting flights through Rome Fiumicino, May 17, in a move away from point-to-point services.
Airberlin Boeing 737-800
Airberlin names new board members
Airberlin has appointed new board members as part of the German carrier’s strategy to reposition itself into a network carrier.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800
Turkish Airlines may help Albania establish flag carrier
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines may give technical assistance to the Albanian government in setting up its own national carrier, Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama announced at a May 9 joint press conference in Tirana, Albania.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin launches Los Angeles services
Oneworld member Airberlin launched 3X-weekly Berlin Tegel-Los Angeles (LAX) services May 16, just weeks after Star Alliance members Austrian Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines started services to LAX from Vienna and Warsaw.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-800
CEO: Copa to complete $50 million cost reduction plan this year 
Copa Airlines plans to complete a $50 million cost reduction plan this year, CEO Pedro Heilbron told ATW.
Gallery: A look inside Lufthansa Technik's Frankfurt MRO facility

Lufthansa Technik’s (LHT) central maintenance location is at Frankfurt Airport where the MRO provider services all of Lufthansa’s aircraft as well as aircraft for more than 100 other customers. LHT’s 4,000 personnel work in three shifts around the clock maintaining aircraft.

Frankfurt’s LHT center has four hangars with 90,000 sq m of floor space. Three of the hangars are used for the Lufthansa’s fleet. The Frankfurt maintenance base services more than 700 aircraft, including about 260 aircraft belonging to Deutsche Lufthansa.

China Airlines launches first A350 XWB flights to the US
Taipei-based China Airlines launched its first Airbus A350 XWB route to the US May 14, from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to San Francisco, California.