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.

Gulf Carriers Raise The Bar For Onboard Services 
Newly enhanced service offerings from big three Gulf carriers likely to pose a challenge for competitors.
Aer Lingus Rejects IAG Conditional Offer 
IAG eyes Aer Lingus, which would broaden its reach into Ireland and the U.K., but even more attractive to the group is the Irish airline’s 3% share of London-Heathrow slots. With these, IAG could stage more profitable long-haul flying.
A320neo First Delivery Will Herald Era Of Reengined Derivatives 
Airlines are showing by their orders that they are willing to accept the reengined derivative concept for narrowbodies as well as widebodies. And manufacturers in Asia are edging further into the civil aircraft production field.
Qatar Airways Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A350
The delivery to Qatar Airways comes eight years and three weeks after the 2006 launch of the aircraft.
Aer Lingus Board Rejects IAG Offer 

International Airlines Group (IAG) on Dec. 18 confirmed it made a bid for Aer Lingus, which the board of the Irish airline has rejected.

Aer Lingus said it had received a “preliminary, highly conditional and non-binding approach from IAG” on Dec. 14. The airline’s board “has reviewed the proposal and believes that it fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and its attractive prospects.” Therefore, the proposal was rejected on Dec. 16. The airline added that “shareholders are strongly advised to take no action.”

Global Jet Fuel Prices (midpoint)* As of December 18, 2014, compared with previous week and previous year 

cts/gal prev. week prev. year

NY Jet Barges 197.55 -7.43 -102.60

Chicago Jet 192.30 -14.18 -101.95

West Coast (LA) Jet 184.30 -9.68 -117.20

Europe: Rotterdam Jet (Barges) 187.55 -8.37 -114.60

Asia/Pacific (Singapore Kero) 176.38 -15.79 -121.79

*All prices cts/gal

All data, except for Asia/Pacific, represent latest spot price data as of Wednesday. Asia/Pacific data represent latest spot price data as of Thursday.

What's In Store For The A380? 15
Indecision by company executives about the A380’s future mirrors uncertainty about prospects for its market.
Aer Lingus Board Rejects IAG Offer 
Aer Lingus said it had received a “preliminary, highly conditional and non-binding approach from IAG” on Dec. 14.
Austrian’s Fokker Replacement Complicated By CSeries Uncertainty 

NEW DELHI—Austrian Airlines’ planned replacement of the Fokker regional fleet may ultimately be decided by timing issues and could, if that is the case, go against an order for the Bombardier CSeries.

Singapore Airlines Lobbying For More Open Indian Aviation Policy 

NEW DELHI—Singapore Airlines (SIA) hopes India will further ease the restrictions that are part of its aviation policy, now that the launch of its local subsidiary, Vistara, is imminent.

Ethiopian Continues Long-Haul Fleet Replacement, Route Growth 

NEW DELHI—Ethiopian Airlines plans to retire its remaining four Boeing 757s by 2016 and will phase out its eight remaining Boeing 767-300ERs once the Airbus A350-900s arrive.

Singapore Airlines To ‘Take A Look’ at A380neo 

NEW DELHI—Singapore Airlines will “take a look” at the proposed Airbus A380neo, but to expect any kind of decisions would be “premature,” CEO Goh Choon Phong said in an interview at the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting here.

The airline is the second-largest A380 operator after Emirates, with a fleet that now stands at 19 aircraft. Singapore Airlines has firm orders for five additional aircraft that are to be delivered from 2017 on. The carrier became the type’s first operator in 2007.

Air India To Make Significant Fleet Changes 

NEW DELHI—Air India has started negotiating significant changes to its fleet plans with Boeing as the airline tries to sort out its future long-haul and short-haul requirements.

The airline is “seriously looking at” converting some of its outstanding orders for Boeing 787-8 into the larger -9, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rohit Nandan said in an interview at the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting here. At the same time, Air India does not want to take the three outstanding Boeing 777-300ERs still on firm order.

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