Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
EVA Air Awaits China Overflight Permits For European Routes 
EVA Air, which remains banned from flying over Mainland China, continues to wait for overflight permits for direct service from Taipei to Europe via China. As a result, the Taiwan-based carrier is forced to operate longer routes between Taiwan and Europe via Russian airspace or Southern Asian routes.
TUI Considers MAX Contingency Plan Extension; Financial Impact 
European leisure airline TUI Group will decide by the end of May whether to extend contingency plans put in place to offset the impact of the grounding of its 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
Austrian Airlines Fleet Plan Will Forego Large Twin Widebodies 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines’ long-haul fleet replacement plan will most likely exclude large twin-widebody aircraft, Austrian CFO Wolfgang Jani told Aviation Daily.
Iranian Government Replaces Iran Air CEO 
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has appointed Touraj Zanganeh as CEO of Iran Air, according to Iran media reports.
Taiwan’s China Airlines Begins Fleet Replacement 
Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) has launched a narrowbody passenger aircraft and freighter replacement program that will include Airbus A321neos and Boeing 777 freighters.
Air Canada, Austrian Airlines Transatlantic JV Expands 
Star Alliance members Air Canada and Austrian Airlines are expanding their transatlantic joint venture (JV) as they launch new services.
SAS And Pilots Reach Agreement, Strike Called Off 
Late May 2, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced it had reached an agreement with its pilots—ending a six-day strike across its operations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Air Astana CEO Outlines Plans For LCC FlyArystan 
Kazakhstan-based LCC FlyArystan launched commercial operations May 1 with flights from Almaty International Airport on six domestic routes to Karaganda, the national capital Nur-Sultan (Astana), Pavlodar, Shymkent, Taraz and Uralsk.
Austrian Airlines Cites Vienna LCC Competition In Q1 Net Loss 
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines is expecting a challenging year related to LCC competition at its Vienna Airport hub, but CEO Wolgang Jani is vowing to invest against its competitors “as long as it is necessary.”
Salzburg Airport Closes For Five-Week Runway Renovation Project 
Austria’s Salzburg Airport shut down operations for five weeks beginning Apr. 24 to renovate its 59-year-old runway.
SAS-Pilot Unions Talks Collapse; Strike Imminent 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilots threatened to go on strike after labor negotiations with the airline collapsed.
Salzburg Airport To Close For Runway Renovation 
Austria’s Salzburg Airport will be closed for operations April 24-May 28 to undergo a renovation of its 59-year-old, 2,750-m-long runway.
Kenya Airways, Delta To Open 15 North American Codeshare Routes 
SkyTeam alliance members Kenya Airways and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines have signed a codeshare agreement that will open connectivity to 11 U.S. and four Canadian cities.
Air Italy Defends Transatlantic Routes As No Threat To U.S. Majors 
Responding to allegations by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines that Air Italy’s U.S. service additions violate the U.S.-Qatar Open Skies agreement, the Italian carrier said, “we are puzzled (but slightly flattered) that the three very largest U.S. carriers ... claim to be threatened by us.”
Air Mauritius Receives First A330neo; Plans To End KLM JV 
Air Mauritius received the first of two Airbus A330-900s it has on order at Airbus’s Toulouse final assembly plant Apr. 18; the aircraft are provided under contract with U.S.-based Air Lease Corp. (ALC).
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