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.

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 
“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.

Lufthansa Faces More Severe Strike Action 

Lufthansa’s pilots extended their strike planning to include long-haul services on Tuesday, forcing widespread cancellations of many Lufthansa-branded flights.

The airline was forced to cancel about two-thirds of the 2,100 takeoffs scheduled for Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. 

Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit initially planned to call to strike only pilots of Embraers, Boeing 737s and Airbus A320-family aircraft, but later added the entire long-haul fleet.

Germany, UAE To Consult Over Etihad/Air Berlin Codesharing 

Government delegations of Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are scheduled to meet during the week of Oct. 20 in an effort to resolve the current dispute on codesharing services of Air Berlin and Etihad Airways.

To allow time for the negotiations, the German transport ministry no longer insists the codesharing services be withdrawn from the coming winter timetable, according to sources familiar with the situation. That removed some time pressure from the two airlines, but the issue remains unresolved. None of the parties involved was prepared to comment immediately.

Austrian To Decide On Fokker Replacement Soon 

Austrian Airlines is turning its attention toward major fleet investments now that it has resolved a long-standing dispute with its pilots and cabin crew.

Airbus Cuts A330 Production Rate 

Airbus will cut A330 production rates ahead of the transition from the current model to the A330neo, the manufacturer said Friday.

The manufacturer will reduce monthly output to nine aircraft, from 10, in the fourth quarter of 2015. It raised production to 10 in 2013.

Lufthansa Faces More Severe Strike Action 
The airline was forced to cancel about two-thirds of the 2,100 takeoffs scheduled for Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
Qatar Airways To Introduce A350 On Frankfurt Route 
The airline will use the aircraft first on the Flight QR67 and QR68 daily services and will also move the second daily Frankfurt service—QR69 and QR70—shortly afterwards.
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