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.


Airberlin to lease two Airbus A330-900neos
Germany-based airberlin has confirmed to ATW it will lease two Airbus A330-900neos, but has not disclosed the lessor.
EasyJet A320neo
EasyJet posts strong 3Q results, raises FY2017 profit outlook
UK-based low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet reported a strong balance sheet with net cash of £426 million ($553 million) as of June 30.
McCall sees positive UK response to EasyJet Europe 
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) EasyJet’s decision to place an air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria, launching EasyJet Europe, has been well received in the UK.
EasyJet A320
EasyJet Europe launches operations
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet has confirmed EasyJet Europe has launched operations after securing an air operator’s certificate (AOC) and an operating license by Austrian aviation authorities.
Saudia A330-300
Saudi Arabian airports removed from laptop ban list
Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah King Abdulaziz and Riyadh King Khalid international airports have been removed from the list of airports banning large personal electronic devices (PEDs) of US-bound passengers, according to a Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) statement July 19.
Thai Airways Boeing 777-200ER
Thai Airways to expand European services
Thai Airways International will launch 4X-weekly Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Vienna services Nov. 16, using a Boeing 777-200ER, with 30 seats in business and 262 in economy class.
Ethiopian Airlines expands Nigeria operations
Ethiopian Airlines plans to launch 3X-weekly Addis Ababa Bole International Airport-Kaduna (Nigeria) services Aug. 1, despite the economic challenges for the Addis Ababa-based carrier.
Lufthansa A340-600
Lufthansa Group increases 2017 profit forecast
The Lufthansa Group increased its profit forecast for 2017 as first-half preliminary figures showed adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) more than doubled to €1.04 billion ($1.2 billion) from €529 million in the year-ago period.
Brussels Airlines A319
CEO: Brussels Airlines aims to reduce costs a further 15% 
Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines must continue to reduce its cost base as it faces growing competition from low-cost carriers (LCCs) in its home market, CEO Bernard Gustin told ATW.
Eurowings CCO: Airberlin wet lease delivers 23,000 more flights 
Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings said the wet lease of 33 Airbus A319/320s from airberlin allows the carrier to offer 23,000 additional flights, 60 new routes and to generate an additional 3 million passengers.
Iran Air CEO Farzaneh Shrafbafi
Iran Air appoints first female CEO
Outgoing Iran Air chairman and MD Farhad Parvaresh has confirmed to ATW that Farzaneh Shrafbafi will become the first female CEO of the Iranian flag carrier.
EasyJet A319
EasyJet applies for Austrian AOC on Brexit uncertainty
UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet has applied for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) in Austria as the LCC faces uncertainty about being able to continue flying in the European Union (EU) after Brexit.
Airberlin A330-200
Airberlin to expand Dusseldorf services
Oneworld member airberlin plans to expand services at Dusseldorf by stationing 12 instead of 11 long-haul aircraft at the airport this winter, which will be used to provide additional flights to the US.
Berlin Brandenburg agrees to Terminal T1-E 'lite' project
The Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) supervisory board has agreed to the construction of a so-called Terminal T1-E’lite,’ which is designed to handle up to 6 million passengers and cost around €100 million ($114 million).
EgyptAir Boeing 777-300ER
EgyptAir clears US PED hurdle, but ban remains on London flights
EgyptAir is the latest Middle East airline to allow passengers to bring personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than mobile phones into the cabin on US-bound flights.