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.

Amadeus Buys Navitaire To Expand Portfolio Into LCC Segment 
Airline information technology specialist Amadeus has agreed to buy Navitaire from its current owner Accenture in a deal that is strengthening the company at a time when its global distribution system (GDS) is coming under increasing pressure.
Emirates’ Clark Says ‘Enough Is Enough’ 
Lengthy report from Emirates Airline takes on accusations about government subsidies.
Chinese A330 Completion Center To Open In 2017 
Beijing may have to force reluctant carriers to accept allocations from the order, announced June 30, though Hainan Airlines and its affiliates will have stronger reasons than others for taking deliveries of what the Chinese industry generally sees as an outdated type.
Indigo Lets Conditional Deal For 250 A320neos Lapse  4
The airline stated in the draft prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO) that “although the term sheet has expired we remain in active discussions concerning the potential acquisition of a significant number of aircraft from the A320neo family.
Vietnam Airlines Takes Its First A350 
Vietnam Airlines has 10 A350-900s on order. It plans to take delivery of three more this year.
Opinion: TAP Portugal Interest In A330neo Illustrates Fleet Planning Ironies 
Airlines change fleet plans all the time—but four current cases reveal deeper industry trends.
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  8
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  2
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.
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