Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
Polish Aviation Group Established In Step Toward CEE Market Unity 
The Polish government has established a Polish Aviation Group (PGL) in a bid to strengthen its position in the regional aviation sector.
Ethiopian Airlines MRO Shop Gains GEnx Repair Capability 
Ethiopian Airlines’ MRO shop Ethiopian Maintenance & Engineering Services has become the first facility in Africa to capably repair the GEnx engine, which powers Boeing 787 aircraft, the carrier said Oct. 12.
Ryanair Appoints Third Managing Director for LaudaMotion 
Ryanair confirmed the appointment of a third MD for Austria-based LaudaMotion. Former Ryanair commercial manager Colin Casey joins MD Andreas Gruber and founder Niki Lauda to lead the new Austrian carrier.
AirBaltic CEO Says A220-300 Launch Problems Mainly Overcome 
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said—as the launch operator of the Airbus A220-300 (formerly the Bombardier CS300)—technical issues with the aircraft are mainly overcome.
Lufthansa Regional CityLine To Operate A319s in 2019 
Lufthansa Group is making another shift to its regional airline portfolio with plans to transfer Airbus A319s from Lufthansa mainline to Lufthansa’s CityLine regional carrier, starting in 2019.
TUI Confirms Talks With Intro Aviation To Sell Corsair 
TUI Group confirmed that is in talks with German airline investment group Intro Aviation to sell its French leisure airline Corsair International.
Finnair Wet-Leases Air Italy A330 To Replace Damaged Jet 
Finnair will wet-lease an Airbus A330 from Air Italy to operate its Helsinki-Chicago O´Hare and Helsinki-Miami routes between Oct. 12 and 31.
LaudaMotion, Lufthansa To End Aircraft Lease Dispute 
Lufthansa and Ryanair‘s Austria-based LCC, LaudaMotion, have agreed to end a dispute over aircraft leases that escalated in July. Both companies now can avoid a Nov. 18 court hearing in London.
Capacity, Frequencies Grow On Saudia International Routes 
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has announced additional seat capacity and frequencies on several international routes.
SAS To Add 17 Routes, Six New Cities Next Summer 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced it will add 17 direct routes from Scandinavia in the summer of 2019.
Swiss To Wet-Lease Three Adria Airways Saab 2000s 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines has added three Saab 2000 turboprops to its fleet, wet-leased from Slovenia-based Adria Airways, and will end the wet-lease of one Austrian Airlines Bombardier Q400, all as of Oct. 28.
Avianca Targets Flights To More Western European Cities 
Bogota-based Avianca, which plans to launch five-times-weekly service to Munich in November, is targeting more destinations in Europe.
Airbus: Africa Will Need 1,100 New Airliners In Next 20 Years 
The Airbus Global Market Forecast predicts passenger traffic from and to Africa will increase by 4.9% annually over the next 20 years. It also forecasts African carriers will need more than 1,100 new passenger and freighter aircraft to meet this demand.
Romania’s Blue Air, Investors Taking Over Air Moldova 
The Civil Aviation Group (CAG), a consortium comprising Romania-based LCC Blue Air and a group of investors from Moldova, plans to take over loss-making flag-carrier Air Moldova.
Austrian Airlines, Air Canada To Expand Joint Venture 
Star Alliance members Austrian Airlines and Air Canada plan expand their transatlantic joint venture beginning Apr. 29, 2019.
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