Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
Romanian Carrier Tarom Appoints New Provisional Head 
Florin Susanu has been appointed as the provisional general manager of Romanian flag carrier Tarom.
Qatar Airways’ Al Baker Retains Confidence in MAX and Boeing 
Despite the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8s in five months, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker says his confidence in the aircraft and the manufacturer remains unchanged.
SWISS To Adjust Its C Series Aircraft Designation To A220s 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will rename its Bombardier CS100/300 aircraft as Airbus A220-100/300s later this year.
Vienna Airport Receives Permission For Third Runway 
Austria’s Supreme Administrative Court has granted permission for Vienna Airport to add a third runway.
Turkish Airlines Move To New Istanbul Airport Set For Apr. 6 
Turkish Airlines has confirmed it will transfer operations from its current hub at Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport on Apr. 6.
EasyJet Converting Cabin Crew Licenses To Its Austrian AOC 
EasyJet will convert 3,000 flight attendant licenses and aircraft spare parts into its Austrian air operator’s certificate (AOC) as the UK-based LCC prepares for a no-deal Brexit, easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren told Aviation Daily on the sidelines of the Airlines 4 Europe (A4E) summit in Brussels.
KLM CEO: Airline To ‘Focus On Business’ 
While the long-term impact of the Dutch state’s decision to take a stake in the Air France-KLM Group is unclear, the move demonstrates the government’s “strong commitment” to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the carrier’s CEO said.
SAS Plans Airbus A321LR Test Runs In 2020 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will begin testing smaller-scale, long-haul flights starting in summer 2020 with three Airbus A321LRs, SAS president & CEO Rickard Gustafson said during an analyst call Feb. 27.
SAS Cites Higher Costs, Brexit Uncertainty In 1Q Net Loss 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has reported a SEK576 million ($64 million) net loss for November 2018-January 2019, its fiscal 2019 first quarter, widened from a SEK291 million loss it posted in the year-ago period.
Caribbean Carrier InselAir Ceases Operations 
Dutch Caribbean carrier InselAir ceased operations Feb. 16, but announced its closure via social media Feb. 25.
TAP Air Portugal Expands Network From Porto 
TAP Air Portugal is planning to expand operations from Portugal’s second main airport, Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, to São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) Airport; New York/Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and several European destinations.
Germania Flug Operations Continue; Airline Now Fully Swiss-Owned 
Swiss entrepreneur and Air Prishtina CEO Leyla Ibrahimi Salahi has taken full ownership of Switzerland-based Germania Flug AG.
Kenya Airways Names Six Executive Appointments 
Kenya Airways has announced six new senior management appointments, including Ursula Siling as the airline’s new CCO, succeeding Vincent Coste.
Japan Airlines, Vistara Finalize Codeshare Agreement 
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Indian domestic airline Vistara have signed a codeshare deal, the two carriers announced Feb. 22 with a promise to open up more routes between India and Tokyo.
ANA Begins Vienna Flights, Considers More European Routes 
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched a new route to Vienna and sees further growth potential for its European network.
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