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.

Air Berlin CFO Adds Role Managing Etihad Partnerships 

Etihad Airways, strengthening its strategy of leaning heavily on equity partners for growth as well as its ties with one of its largest affiliates, has named Air Berlin CFO Ulf Huettmeyer as its first-ever manager of equity partnerships.

Germany May Reduce Air Berlin-Etihad Code-Sharing 
German officials would not comment, but industry sources said that LBA will no longer grant its approval for code-sharing on routes—including Abu Dhabi-Berlin—not covered in the bilateral between Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
EASA Certifies Airbus A350-900
Certification clears the way for first delivery of the aircraft in the coming weeks.
Canceled 787 Order Among Air Berlin Fleet Changes 

Financially struggling Air Berlin is making major changes to its fleet plan, canceling Boeing 787-9 and 737-800 orders and planning the phase-out of its 737s with an eye toward becoming an all-Airbus operator by 2016.

The carrier is canceling 15 787-9s and 18 737-800s and is phasing out its fleet of 737-700s and 737-800s.

Air France-KLM Concessions Fail To End Strike 

Air France pilots, apparently digging in against expansion of a low-cost subsidiary in France, showed no signs of ending their walkout despite confirmation that Air France-KLM has officially dropped plans to launch a pan-European low-cost carrier.

The board regarded the step as a “major concession to reach an agreement” with pilot unions SNPL and SPAF, but the move to abolish Transavia Europe has not given management what it sought. 

Air Berlin CFO Adds Role Managing Etihad Partnerships 
Air Berlin said Monday that Huettmeyer will remain as its CFO and take on the roles in Etihad’s finance organization as additional responsibilities.
Air France Strike Ends As Lufthansa’s Pilots Walk Off 
The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilot union plans to strike at Lufthansa’s main base in Frankfurt on Tuesday.
Growing Concerns About Aircraft Demand
Many industry executives expect some kind of downward correction to demand with a corresponding rise in aircraft cancellations or postponements.
Air France-KLM Pulls Back On Transavia Europe, Leaving Strategy In Limbo 
Pilot unions’ demands in Europe could spell the demise of Air France-KLM
Airbus Poised For A350 Certification 
Airbus is set to receive European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Airbus A350-900 imminently, according to Airbus sources.
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