Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
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Germania Plans For A320neos To Join Fleet 
Berlin-based Germania Group has established an entry-into-service process for its Airbus A320neos, which will start joining fleet in January 2020.
South African Regulator Revokes SA Express’ Permits 
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. SA Express’ aircraft maintenance organization approvals and certificate of airworthiness for nine of its 21 aircraft were also suspended.
LaudaMotion To Launch ‘City Shuttle’ 
New Austrian carrier LaudaMotion plans to launch an extensive European network—called City Shuttle—from Vienna beginning with the 2018-19 winter schedule.
Swedish Regional NextJet Ceases Flying 
Swedish regional airline NextJet filed for bankruptcy and canceled all flights as of May 16.
Austrian Pushes Back Long-Haul Fleet Renewal 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines does not have strong enough finances to renew its long-haul fleet in the near future, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told Aviation Daily sister publication ATW.
LaudaMotion Postpones Zurich Operations 
New Austrian carrier LaudaMotion will postpone its plan to operate from Zurich, as the carrier will not have enough aircraft available, a spokesperson confirmed to Aviation Daily sister publication ATW.
Brussels Airlines Braces For Pilot Strikes 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Brussels Airlines’ pilot union has called for strike action on May 14 and May 16, which is expected to create a significant disruption to flight operations, the carrier confirmed to Aviation Daily sister publication ATW.
Ethiopian Airlines Firms 10 Bombardier Q400s 
Ethiopian Airlines placed a follow-on order for 10 Bombardier Q400s, plus purchase rights for five additional Q400 turboprops, the Star Alliance member said.
EasyJet Grows Berlin Base 
EasyJet is continuing its expansion out of Berlin, which has become a focus city for the UK LCC, and is part of its strategy to hold dominant market shares in the large European cities where it has bases.
Flybmi Eyes Bombardier CRJ900s, Embraer E19Os 
UK-based flybmi (formerly known as bmi regional) is looking to expand its fleet beyond its 20 Embraer 135/145 regional jets with Bombardier CRJ900s or E190s, which offer more capacity as the carrier prepares for post-Brexit operations.
LaudaMotion, Eurowings Ending Cooperation 
Lufthansa Group LCC subsidiary Eurowings will end its cooperation agreement with Austrian startup LaudaMotion by the end of May, LaudaMotion confirmed.
KLM Cityhopper Seeks To Increase Fleet Productivity 
KLM Cityhopper, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ regional subsidiary, plans to increase its Embraer jet fleet’s productivity, enabling it to reduce its number of standby aircraft from three to one by 2020.
Ireland’s Shannon Airport Makes Transatlantic Pitch To LCCs 
Ireland’s Shannon Airport (SNN) is targeting LCCs that operate or plan to operate Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A321LR aircraft to use the airport for transatlantic flights to the U.S. and Canada, according to a top airport official.
Wizz Air Airbus A321neos To Begin Arriving in 2019 
Eastern European LCC Wizz Air will install 239 seats in its Airbus A321neos, of which the first aircraft will be delivered in January 2019.
TAP Portugal, EgyptAir To Expand Codesharing 
Star Alliance members TAP Portugal and EgyptAir will expand their current codeshare agreement on European routes.
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