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.

IAG Steps Up Against Heathrow Expansion, Alters Fleet Plans 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has made clear that it is against the construction of a third runway at British Airways’ main hub in London-Heathrow because of the high cost.
Qatar Airways Rejects Subsidy Allegations In Extensive Response 
Qatar Airways has rejected claims by the big three U.S. intercontinental airlines about alleged subsidies and says the U.S. government should withstand any interference with the current Qatar open skies agreement.
Airbus Nears A320 Production Decision 
Airbus plans to make a decision about a further ramp-up of A320neo production, likely before the end of the year, according to Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders.
Found Flaperon Fits MH370 Profile  1
An aircraft component believed to be from a Boeing 777-200ER has washed ashore on Reunion Island and may help finally solve the MH370 crash mystery.
Lufthansa Sees Yield Pressure, Cargo Unit Profit Declines 
Lufthansa saw pressure on yields in its passenger airline division and a drastic decline in profitability of Lufthansa Cargo in the second quarter, company executives revealed July 30.
Wizz Air Profit Grows As Fares Fall 
Central European LCC Wizz Air is seeing diverging trends for ancillary revenues and yields: Passengers are paying more for extras while overall fares are declining rapidly.
Airbus Resumes Flight Tests With Pratt-Powered A320neo 
Airbus has resumed flight testing with its Pratt & Whitney (PW) PW1100G-powered A320neo, with one of the two prototypes equipped with PW engines taking flight July 27 following a three-month grounding.
Pilot Union Signals Give Lufthansa, Air France-KLM Hope 
Acceptance of Eurowings low-cost platform by union a big step forward in Lufthansa negotiations
Lufthansa, Austrian Introduce New Short-Haul Fares 
The new fare classes apply to economy travel, and with them, Lufthansa Group legacy airlines will for the first time charge a checked bag fees for its Economy Light class.
VC Proposes Concessions In Lufthansa Dispute 
The union—which has staged 12 strikes since early 2014—is in principle offering cost concessions, productivity improvements, a pay-increase pause and a higher average retirement age.
Avianca Brasil Sees Further Growth, Possible IPO 
The airline officially joined the Star Alliance on July 22, the latest step of its evolution from an air-taxi operator and regional airline to a major carrier.
TAP Wants A330neos And A321LRs For Future Long-Haul Flying  19
The revised fleet plan comes as a consequence of the airline’s takeover by a consortium that includes Azul and JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman.
TAP Sees Significant Synergies With Azul 
Pinto told Aviation Daily at a Star Alliance event in Sao Paulo that MRO and several other functions are being analyzed for future cooperation, but he did divulge further details.
EASA Certifies ROPS For A330 
ROPS is alerting pilots to runway-overrun risks and can also interfere with braking action to keep the aircraft on the runway after landing.
TAM Cuts Brazil Domestic Capacity 
With Brazil’s economy apparently not improving, LATAM Airlines Group member TAM Brazil is cutting its domestic network significantly.

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