Jens Flottau

Jens Flottau
Managing Editor, Commercial Aviation,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Jens leads Aviation Week’s global commercial coverage. He covers program updates and developments at Airbus, and as a frequent long-haul traveler, he often writes in-depth airline profiles worldwide.
He started his journalism career in 1992 as a freelance writer for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily national newspaper and soon specialised in air transport. Jens joined Aviation Week and Aviation Daily in 2000 as one of the European correspondents. Later his role was expanded to cover international air transport. In 2013 he was named Managing Editor Commercial.
Jens frequently appears on radio and TV to comment on industry matters. In 2003, he received the Hugo Junkers Award of the German aviation press for his coverage of Fairchild Dornier’s bankruptcy. He was named the country’s top travel and air transport writer by the Travel Industry Club three times. Jens graduated from the Munich School of Journalism.

Europe’s Largest Legacy Carriers Seek Ways To Compensate For Strike Fallout 
Europe’s two biggest legacy airlines are focusing on how to make up for strike-related losses.
Air Berlin, Etihad Code-sharing Approval Extended—For Now 
Although European airlines complain about state support for others, they often take advantage of it themselves
Until It Lower Costs, Lufthansa Will Not Expand Core Fleet 
“There will be no growth in our hub operations until we get to a competitive cost structure,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said on Thursday.
One More European Regional Airport, The U.K.’s Blackpool, Closes 
In another indication of the woes befalling Europe’s regional airports, Blackpool has been shut down and others are teetering
Austrian Strikes Deal With Unions, Looks To Replace Fokkers 
Many of Europe’s legacy airlines, Austrian Airlines among them, are experiencing bitter disputes with employees about cost cuts. But now that Austrian seems to have found a compromise with labor, management attention is shifting to fleet renewal and a sustainable model.
IndiGo May Go For IPO After Big A320neo Order
Indian LCC IndiGo has given Airbus its largest single order to date, for 250 new A320neos. A successful IPO in a still tumultuous air transport market will be key to fund the order—and it would cement IndiGo’s position as India’s leading domestic airline.
Norwegian To Slow Growth In 2015 To Consolidate Position 

Norwegian’s 2015 plans are focused on slowing its rapid expansion following worse-than-expected results in the third quarter of 2014.

Podcast: Can Mitsubishi Succeed with the MRJ?
Executive Editor Jim Asker discusses the Japanese regional jet project with Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief Bradley Perrett and Jens Flottau, managing editor for commercial aviation.
Norwegian To Slow Growth In 2015 To Consolidate Position 
“We will see a year of consolidation and slower growth,” CEO Bjørn Kjos told investors on Thursday.
Lufthansa Ground Staff Oppose Pilot Strategy 
Lufthansa’s Frankfurt-based flight managers in a letter to the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said they doubt pilots’ strike-engagement efforts are geared toward a common cause.
Airbus Looks At Long-Range A321neo 
The manufacturer is currently briefing potential customers about its proposal but has not yet made a firm decision to go ahead with the idea.
Qatar Airways To Introduce A350 On Frankfurt Route 

Qatar Airways will launch Airbus A350-900 service on its Doha-Frankfurt route in January.

The airline will use the aircraft first on the Flight QR67 and QR68 daily services and will also move them to the second daily Frankfurt service—QR69 and QR70—shortly afterwards.

The two daily Frankfurt flights are currently flown by a mix of aircraft, including Airbus A330s as well as Boeing 777s and 787s.

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 29, 2014

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