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.

Cabin Crew Union Calls Off Lufthansa Strike 
Lufthansa agreed to offer an early-retirement plan to newly hired flight attendants that allows them to stop flying at age 55. The proposal will require personal financial contributions by the employees only if a pre-defined level of return—based on interest rates—is not reached. The plan will be reviewed after 10 years.
Emirates Issues Detailed Report Saying It Is Not Subsidized 2
Emirates has rejected the U.S. legacy carriers' claims as “nothing more than a mess of legal distortions and factual errors” and accused them of seeking “protection from competition.”
Lufthansa May Accelerate Eurowings Growth, Shrinking Legacy Operation Further 
Lufthansa is considering integrating more airlines under the Eurowings brand and may further reduce its legacy operation’s fleet if sufficient cost-cutting agreements with unions can’t be reached.
LOT Sees 15 Long-Haul Destinations 
LOT currently uses four for its own aircraft for long-haul services, and has leased out a fifth to Air Europa until April 2016.
Podcast: Post-Paris Doldrums? Hardly
Our editors discuss why there may have been bigger news this week than at Le Bourget, thanks to Jim McNerney, Tom Enders, Charlie Bolden and One Web. 
Revived Air Djibouti Taking Off By Year-End  1
Rock star and airline entrepreneur Bruce Dickinson bets on ACMI to establish an airline in Africa.
LOT Polish Airlines Plans To Double In Size By 2020 
After years of financial problems, LOT Polish Airlines reveals an ambitious expansion plan aimed at a turnaround.
Fastjet Sees Strong Growth Over The Next Three Years 
Despite two years of African regulatory headaches and big losses, CEO plans major growth for nascent airline.
European Airports Favor Expansion Of Open Skies, Including To Gulf States 
“With the shift underway in the global economy to emerging markets, remaining connected and open for business is an absolute imperative for Europe. This is why open skies should be a no-brainer,” ACI Europe President Arnaud Feist said.
Lufthansa: No Plans To Grow A380, 747 Fleets; Ponders Eurowings Strategy 
“The industry has clearly shown there is no need” for such an aircraft, Spohr told Aviation Daily in an interview at the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) meeting. “Passengers are demanding more and more point-to-point directions; they will only connect at hubs when it is necessary or cheaper.”
Star Confirms Avianca Brazil As New Member 
The airline will be the 28th member of the alliance. It is filling a gap left by the departure of TAM, which switched alliances to Oneworld as a result of its merger with LAN Airlines to form the LATAM Group.
Avianca Brazil Outlines Fleet Plans 
The airline, announced as a new Star Alliance member at the group’s Chief Executive Board meeting, could have access to 10 Airbus A350-900s on order by its parent Synergy Group, which also controls 52% of Avianca Holdings in Colombia.
Mitsubishi Considers Further MRJ Stretch 
Despite development delays, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. looks for bigger impact in large regional jet marketplace.
Airbus Considers Further A350 Stretch 
“We are discussing with airlines whether they really need 40 more seats,” Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy said at the Paris Air Show.
Lufthansa Flight Attendants Threaten To Go On Strike 
Flight attendant union UFO said on June 22 that it had no choice but to stage strikes beginning July 1, unless Lufthansa comes forward with a “material offer” and reconfirms an understanding on basic principles reached last fall. UFO said it will announce strike dates on July 1, and that industrial action will be taken between the beginning of July and September 16.
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