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.

Articles
Air Baltic Nears Crucial Strategy Decisions 

Air Baltic hopes key pillars of its future strategy can be cemented within the next few months now that the airline has returned to profitability in the first half of the year.

The carrier, owned by the government of Latvia, has been investigating several strategic scenarios that have been presented to its shareholder. But major decisions are expected to be delayed until after Latvia’s general elections slated for October.

A380 Continues To Pose Challenges For Heathrow 
The A380 was tapped to help capacity-strapped airports, but could it end up hurting them?
Air Baltic Nears Crucial Strategy Decisions 
The carrier, owned by the government of Latvia, has been investigating several strategic scenarios that have been presented to its shareholder. But major decisions are expected to be delayed until after Latvia’s general elections slated for October.
Germanwings Faces Friday Pilot Strike 

Lufthansa’s low-fare affiliate Germanwings is the first target in what looks like it will become the latest round of strikes at the German airline group. The VC pilot union called for a six-hour strike that will begin at 6 a.m. Friday.

Germanwings said 116 of the planned 164 flights will have be canceled. It plans to operate 48 flights, mainly with the help of management pilots and aircraft wet-leased from other airlines.

Lufthansa Prepares For Next Pilot Strike 

Lufthansa has started preparing for the next pilot strike, which could happen later this week.

The airline, in collaboration with alliance partners and affiliate carriers, is working on an emergency schedule that would ensure uninterrupted service on key routes. Raimund Mueller, head of Lufthansa’s flight operations for Munich, said the airline does not expect pilots to launch a massive strike affecting the entire network. The airline is working on the assumption that it will be given 24 hours’ notice and only parts of the operation will be affected.

Lufthansa, Pilots Agree To Resume Talks 
The decision removes the immediate threat of a pilot strike, but VC says it will continue to prepare for industrial action in case talks break down again. The pilot union announced last Friday that negotiations regarding a new deal covering early retirement benefits had failed and that it was going to strike.
Austrian Chief Commercial Officer To Leave 

Karsten Benz, chief commercial officer at Austrian Airlines, is leaving his post to return to parent Lufthansa. 

He will take over the newly created position of chief infrastructure officer for the group, combining functions that were previously split between the airline and the parent organization. 

Benz will report to Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, CEO of the airline division and member of the group executive board.

Etihad-Alitalia Deal Will Affect Airline Dynamics 
Etihad’s investment in Alitalia gives European airlines a glimpse into future trends for their home markets
AirAsia X Adjusts Its Business Plan 
AirAsia X is confident it has found the right model, but its results have yet to show improvement
Lufthansa Prepares For Next Pilot Strike 
The airline is working on an emergency schedule, in collaboration with alliance partners and affiliate airlines, that would ensure key routes will continue to be served.
Air Berlin Gives Up On Hub-And-Spoke 

Air Berlin is giving up the idea of operating hub-and-spoke systems at its main bases in Dusseldorf, Berlin and Palma de Mallorca. 

As the airline prepares to reshape its future network, it is focusing on optimizing point-to-point services. Hubs “are not part of our strategy,” CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said Thursday.

Austrian Chief Commercial Officer To Leave 
Benz will report to Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, CEO of the airline division and member of the group executive board.
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