Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
AirBaltic’s Fast Growth To Continue In Summer 2019 
Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has announced its first destinations for the 2019 summer season, which starts at the end of March.
Austrian Airlines, Facing LCC Competition, To Increase Capacity 
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to increase capacity in summer 2019 to protect its market share as LCC competition intensifies.
Abu Dhabi Airports Names New CEO 
Abu Dhabi Airports has appointed Bryan Thompson as CEO, as the company continues to implement a multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) aimed at increasing overall capacity.
EasyJet Grows Switzerland Operations 
UK-based easyJet plans to further expand its Switzerland operations by adding new services, including up to 3X-weekly Basel-Warsaw (Poland) and 4X-weekly Geneva-Warsaw flights beginning Oct 28.
New Austrian Airlines CEO Takes Over 
Former Lufthansa Cargo CCO and executive board member Alexis von Hoensbroech took over as CEO of Austrian Airlines on Aug. 1.
Finnair Launches High-Speed Internet Service On Airbus A320s 
Finnair has launched a new high-speed internet service on its European Airbus A320 family flights in a partnership with California-based communications provider Viasat.
Walsh: Possible BA/China Southern JV Being Considered 
A possible joint venture (JV) between China Southern Airlines and International Airlines Group’s (IAG) British Airways (BA) could create more opportunities, especially at the new Beijing airport, where China Southern has a strong position, IAG CEO Willie Walsh told Aviation Daily sister publication ATW.
Flybe’s Hodder Named New Level CEO 
International Airlines Group’s (IAG) low-cost, long-haul carrier Level appointed Vincent Hodder as its new CEO.
Fiji Airways Considers South Pacific Opportunities 
Oneworld connect partner Fiji Airways is considering possible investments and joint ventures (JV) with carriers in the South Pacific region, similar to what Ethiopian Airlines is doing on the African continent.
Germany’s LGW Names New Managing Directors 
Germany-based regional carrier LGW named Francesco Sciortino and Michael Knoth as new managing directors, succeeding Peter Knecht and Felix Genze, from Aug. 1.
Boeing 737 MAX Joins Ethiopian Airlines’ Fleet 
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8, the first of 30 of the type the carrier has on order.
Kenya Airways, Nairobi Airport To Merge 
Kenya Airways plans to merge with Nairobi International Airport (NBO) to better compete with other state-owned carriers in Africa and the Middle East, such as Ethiopian Airlines and Emirates Airline.
Kenya Airways Eyes Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2 Order 
Kenya Airways is evaluating an order of up to 20 Bombardier CSeries or Embraer E2 regional jets.
RwandAir To Add Airbus A330neo, Boeing 737 MAXs 
RwandAir will take delivery of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737MAX 8s in 2019 and confirmed new services to the U.S. and China.
CEO: South African Airways Faces Tough Restructuring 
South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana said the airline has identified necessary measures needed to restructure the loss-making national carrier.
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