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
Etihad-Alitalia Deal Will Affect Airline Dynamics 
Etihad’s investment in Alitalia gives European airlines a glimpse into future trends for their home markets
Air Berlin To Cut Capacity, Crew Bases Further 

Air Berlin plans to make significant cuts to its network, fleet and the number of crew bases as it prepares the fundamentals of yet another restructuring program.

Swiss Authorities Say Etihad Control Over Darwin May Go Too Far 

FRANKFURT — Swiss aviation regulator Bundesamt für Zivilluftfahrt (BAZL) has concluded that contracts over cooperation between Etihad Airways and Swiss regional carrier Darwin could lead to Etihad having effective control over the airline and thus would not comply with legal requirements.

Turkish Plans Permanent Split Operations in Istanbul 

ISTANBUL—Turkish Airlines plans to keep a significant presence at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökcen airport even after the city’s massive new airport opens in little over three years. 

The carrier is developing Sabiha Gökcen—situated on the Asian side of the city—into a stronger base to deal with capacity constraints at Atatürk International, Istanbul’s current main airport.

Air Berlin To Cut Capacity, Crew Bases Further 
The airline said in a statement that it plans to cut its capacity by around 10% and phase out an additional 10 aircraft, among others. The financially struggling carrier is also looking at harmonizing its narrowbody fleet, although it declined to explain what exactly that means.
Swiss Authorities Say Etihad Control Over Darwin May Go Too Far 
BAZL confirmed on Wednesday that it has closely examined some, but not all, of the contracts governing how the two companies work together.
Germany Considers Dropping Air Transport Tax 

Key representatives of the ruling grand coalition in Germany are proposing to drop the country’s air transport tax. 

The deputy chairmen for the parliamentary groups of the two ruling parties wrote a joint letter to Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt saying the tax should be abolished.

Turkish Plans Permanent Split Operations In Istanbul 
The carrier is developing Sabiha Gökcen—situated on the Asian side of the city—into a stronger base to deal with capacity constraints at Atatürk International, Istanbul’s current main airport.
Lufthansa Nears Longhaul Low-Cost Decisions 

Lufthansa’s planned new longhaul low-cost venture could clear a major hurdle within the next two months, as shareholders of leisure carrier Sun Express are getting closer to a decision on how to proceed with the project. 

The airline’s next board meeting could take place in mid-October; if Lufthansa wants to stick to its plan to launch the new affiliate by next year, it needs to make quick decisions.

Germany Considers Dropping Air Transport Tax 
The deputy chairmen for the parliamentary groups of the two ruling parties wrote a joint letter to Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt saying the tax should be abolished.
Lufthansa Nears Longhaul Low-Cost Decisions 
The airline’s next board meeting could take place in mid-October; if Lufthansa wants to stick to its plan to launch the new affiliate by next year, it needs to make quick decisions.
LAN Sees “Hard Road Of Improvement” Ahead For 787 Reliability 

LAN Airlines is reaching the initial in-service reliability target of the Boeing 787 two years after it took delivery of its first aircraft. 

While the airline has seen significant improvements over time, LAN’s Vice President-Line Maintenance Network Sebastian Domenech says that “we are still far from our long term objectives and expectations. We still have a hard road to improvement on which we expect to continue to receive full support from Boeing.”

A350 Certification ‘In The Coming Weeks’ 
During the recently completed route-proving campaign, “the aircraft has performed remarkably well confirming the high level of maturity that it has been demonstrating all the way during our development and certification tests,” Fernando Alonso, senior vice president-flight and integration tests, said. “I truly believe the aircraft is fit to enter service.”
Frankfurt Airports Gets Terminal 3 Approval 

Frankfurt airport has received regulatory approval to build a third passenger terminal, but the project is unlikely to be finished before 2021. 

Construction could begin as early as next year, but depends on the agreement of the regional coalition government, which has opposing views on the airport’s development.

LAN Sees “Hard Road Of Improvement” Ahead For 787 Reliability
While the airline has seen significant improvements over time, LAN’s Vice President-Line Maintenance Network Sebastian Domenech says that “we are still far from our long term objectives and expectations. We still have a hard road to improvement on which we expect to continue to receive full support from Boeing.”
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