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.


NIKI Airbus A320-200
New court ruling casts further doubt on IAG-NIKI deal
An Austrian court in Korneuburg has ruled that the NIKI insolvency proceedings and asset sale should restart from scratch, further casting doubt on International Airlines Group (IAG) acquiring NIKI.
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018
Kenya Airways will launch daily Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta-New York JFK services on Oct. 28, becoming the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the US.
Vietnam SVP-commercial Trinh Ngoc Thanh
Vietnam Airlines waits for ULR aircraft to open US west coast services 
Vietnam Airlines (VNA) is considering nonstop services to the US west coast, but must wait for ultra-long range aircraft to become available for nonstop transpacific flights from Vietnam.
NIKI Airbus A320-200
NIKI CEO steps down; IAG deal may be in jeopardy
Austria-based airberlin subsidiary NIKI CEO Oliver Lackmann confirmed he will step down by the end of February as the deal with International Airlines Group (IAG) hits a snag.
Wizz Air A320
Wizz Air to open Vienna base
Wizz Air will open a new base in Vienna, Austria, and will base one Airbus A320 there from June.
Lufthansa A320neo
Lufthansa Group to hire more than 8,000 staff in 2018
Lufthansa said it will hire more than 8,000 new employees in 2018—the majority will be flight attendants for various group airlines, including Eurowings and Austrian Airlines.
El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-900
EL Al to end UP budget brand; names new CEO
El Al Israel Airlines has confirmed it will discontinue its UP budget brand as the company revises its European market business to implement a new economy fare-structure system on European El Al mainline flights.
EasyJet A320
EasyJet begins Berlin Tegel operations, German domestic flights 
UK LCC easyJet launched its first German flights and operations from a new base at Berlin Tegel Airport on Jan. 5.
Turkish Airlines targets 74 million passengers in 2018
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines is targeting 74 million passengers carried in 2018, comprising 33 million on domestic and 41 million on international routes.
Turkish Airlines board chairman İlker Aycı and Airbus CEO Tom Enders
Turkish Airlines commits to A350 XWB order
Turkish Airlines has signed an MOU with Airbus to acquire 20 A350-900s, plus five options.
Air Astana takes first A321neo, completes new technical center
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, which is on an operating lease from Dublin-based lessor AerCap.
BA owner IAG confirms NIKI deal
International Airlines Group (IAG), parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, is adding NIKI to its portfolio after sealing a deal to acquire the Austrian carrier for €20 million ($24 million).
BA owner IAG set to take over NIKI
British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) is believed to be on the verge of taking over NIKI, after the administrator handling the Austrian carrier’s insolvency process said Thursday that only one of four bidders remained.
Singapore Airlines A350-900
Singapore Airlines, Scoot to expand European network 
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group and its LCC subsidiary Scoot plan to further grow their European network.
Lufthansa Airbus A380
Lufthansa makes seasonal network changes for Munich-based A380s
Lufthansa—which plans to transfer five of 14 Airbus A380s from its Frankfurt home base to Munich from March 25, 2018—has announced seasonal network changes.