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.


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.
Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER
Emirates to launch third London route to Stansted
Emirates Airline is launching services to London Stansted Airport (STN), the Dubai-based carrier’s third London route, starting June 8, 2018.
2018 commercial aviation industry market forecast 
The global airline industry continues to prove it can deliver profits year after year.
Condor Boeing 757-300
Germany’s Condor adds more capacity to fill NIKI gap
German leisure carrier Condor has leased seven aircraft during the holiday season to fill a capacity gap left by airberlin subsidiary NIKI, which filed for bankruptcy and immediately ceased operations Dec. 13.
Eurowings Airbus A320
Eurowings inks agreements with labor unions for expansion
Eurowings has signed agreements with the Verdi trade union and Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union that will enable the Lufthansa LCC subsidiary to grow rapidly, especially in Germany.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport targets October 2020 opening
The Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) supervisory board has set October 2020 as the new opening date for the much-delayed airport project.
NIKI Airbus A320-200
NIKI: Number of bidders rise as Dec. 21 deadline approaches 
The number of bidders for airberlin subsidiary NIKI, which filed for bankruptcy Dec. 13 and ceased operations immediately, is growing as the deadline to present binding offers ends at noon on Dec. 21.
EasyJet A320
EasyJet expands Switzerland operations 
UK-based LCC easyJet plans to further expand its Switzerland operations by basing two additional Airbus A320s at Basel/Mulhouse from summer 2018.
Eurowings BIZclass
Eurowings to install long-haul, business-class cabin 
Lufthansa LCC subsidiary Eurowings will introduce lie-flat seats in a new business class, BIZclass, on selected long-haul routes in 2018.
NIKI founder Niki Lauda
NIKI bankruptcy leaves thousands of passengers stranded 
Airberlin subsidiary NIKI—which filed for insolvency Dec. 13 and abruptly ceased operations—has left up to 40,000 passengers stranded throughout its European network after a rescue deal by Lufthansa collapsed, four months after airberlin filed for bankruptcy.
Gallery: Onboard Singapore Airlines' new A380

Singapore Airlines has invested $850 million for its recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations for 19 Airbus A380s. Five of them will be delivered brand-new with the features. Retrofit work on the remaining 14 A380s is expected to begin in late 2018 and scheduled to be completed by 2020.

Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines takes first A380 with new on-board cabin products 
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of the first of five Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations.
Lufthansa Group reports 32% growth in November 
Lufthansa Group airlines transported 10.1 million passengers in November, an increase of 32% compared to the year-ago month.
Azul Airbus A330-200
Azul, Turkish Airlines to codeshare 
Azul Brazilian Airlines and Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement.
Germany’s LGW begins Airbus A320 operations for Eurowings 
Germany-based regional carrier LGW has begun wet-lease Airbus A320 operations for Lufthansa LCC subsidiary Eurowings as part of Lufthansa Group’s €210 million ($247 million) bid to take over a large part of bankrupt airberlin assets, which includes Austria’s NIKI and LGW.