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.

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.
Austrian To Decide On Fokker Replacement Soon 
The airline will soon decide which aircraft it will select to replace its fleet of 21 Fokker 70s and 100s. The Fokker fleet averages over 20 years in age and the aircraft are slowly hitting their flight-cycle limits.
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Airbus has decided to cut A330 production rates ahead of the transition from the current model to the A330neo.
Germany, UAE To Consult Over Etihad/Air Berlin Codesharing 
To allow time for the negotiations, the German transport ministry no longer insists the codesharing services be withdrawn from the coming winter timetable, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Airbus A350 Gets 370-Min. ETOPS Approval 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the aircraft for extended range twin engine operations (ETOPS) on Wednesday and Airbus says it expects the equivalent FAA approval soon.
Air Berlin, Alitalia Enter Broad Codesharing Deal 
With Air Berlin shareholder Etihad moving to invest in Alitalia, too, the bilateral deal between the two European airlines has been expected.
Germany Authorities Stay Firm On Codesharing Withdrawal 

German civil aviation authority Luftfahrtbundesamt again has told Etihad Airways and Air Berlin that it will not approve around half of the 60 codesharing routes flown by the airline, but Air Berlin has voiced strong opposition.

Air Berlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer says it is “rejecting that position sharply.” Withdrawing the codesharing approvals would threaten jobs and air transport growth in Germany. German airports would lose traffic and growth opportunities. Air Berlin therefore plans to lobby for approvals in every possible way.

Etihad Launches Its Own Alliance Around Equity Partners 
Etihad, with it establishment of Equity Partners, an alliance-type arrangement, has sent a powerful signal that the game has changed
Virgin Atlantic's New Direction Without Little Red 
Virgin Atlantic’s decision to jettison Little Red goes beyond financial considerations; it partly stems from a new focus on transatlantic routes
Germany Authorities Stay Firm On Codesharing Withdrawal 
Air Berlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer says it is “rejecting that position sharply.” Withdrawing the codesharing approvals would threaten jobs and air transport growth in Germany.
Podcast: Why Are So Many of Europe’s Pilots Going on Strike?
Joe Anselmo and Jens Flottau discuss the economics of the strikes, especially Air France and Lufthansa.
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