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.


Saudia Airbus A320
CEO: New Jeddah terminal puts Saudia on global alliance map
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)—which began operations from Jeddah’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport May 29—is set for growth opportunity at the new terminal, Saudia CEO Jaan Albrecht told ATW on the sidelines of this week’s IATA AGM in Sydney.
Iran Air to launch Tehran-Sydney flights
Iran Air is planning to launch Tehran-Sydney services later in 2018, using Airbus A330-200s.
Qantas eyes more cities for potential ultra-long haul
The early success of Qantas’ new Perth-London Heathrow nonstop service is encouraging the Australian airline to consider other cities for ultra-long haul flights.
Iran Air hopes to receive 11 new airliners this year 
Iran Air expects to take delivery of 11 new aircraft in 2018, but is up against a tight time window because of renewed sanctions against Iran that are expected to come into force in early August.
O’Leary: Ryanair has ‘no interest’ in Norwegian investment 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is denying reports the Irish LCC plans to invest in Norwegian.
Royal Air Maroc adds Boeing 767-300BCF; enters Alitalia codeshare
RAM Cargo, the air freight entity within Royal Air Maroc, has added a Boeing 767-300BCF to its fleet, bringing in an additional 45 tons of capacity with the converted freighter.
Ethiopian Airlines to be first African carrier to operate 100 aircraft
When Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its 100th aircraft—a Boeing 787-9—on June 5, the Star Alliance member will become the first African airline to operate a 100-aircraft fleet in the history of the continent.
O’Leary: Ryanair may make further investment in LaudaMotion 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said the Irish LCC could invest more than the planned €100 million ($117 million) into Austrian startup LaudaMotion to grow its fleet faster.
Vienna airport benefits from LCC boon
Austria’s Vienna International Airport (VIE) has experienced one of the highest growth rates of new low-cost carrier (LCC) routes of any major European airport as more LCCs have entered the market.
Rendering of A320neo in Germania livery
Germania prepares for A320neo service entry
Berlin-based Germania Group has established an entry-into-service process for the Airbus A320neos, which will join the fleet in January 2020.
South African regulator suspends SA Express AOC
South African regional airline SA Express was forced to stop operations May 24 after the Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended its air operator's certificate (AOC), citing safety concerns.
Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean narrows net losses in 1Q on higher revenue, passenger growth
Greece-based Aegean Airlines reduced net losses 14% in the first quarter, reporting a net loss of €30.8 million ($38 million), narrowed from a net loss of €35.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
LaudaMotion CEO, founder and owner Niki Lauda
LaudaMotion to launch City Shuttle flights, targets A320neos by winter 
New Austrian carrier LaudaMotion plans to launch an extensive European network—called City Shuttle—from Vienna beginning with the winter schedule 2018/19.
Swedish regional NextJet files for bankruptcy, cancels flights 
Swedish regional NextJet has filed for bankruptcy and canceled all flights from May 16.
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