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.

Turkish Adjusts Operations While Waiting For New Airport 
Turkish Airlines copes with rapid growth as it grapples with airport infrastructure constraints
Mexico City’s Game-Changing New Airport 
As part of economic reform, Mexico invests in aviation, builds a new airport in the capital city
Late Engine Issue Threatens A320neo Flight Delay 
LOS ANGELES and FRANKFURT— Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are believed to be tackling a late-developing certification issue with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan in an attempt to stave off the looming threat of delay to the first flight of the re-engined Airbus A320neo.
The aircraft manufacturer, which declines to comment, has targeted September for first flight of the A320neo with the Pratt engine.
Late Engine Issue May Cause A320neo First Flight Delay 4

Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are believed to be tackling a late-developing certification issue with the PW1100G geared turbofan in an attempt to stave off the looming threat of a delay to the first flight of the re-engined A320neo.

Lufthansa May Launch Plan To Abandon Austrian 1
Austrian’s supervisory board is prepared to shut the carrier down and start a new airline.
Court Ruling Clears Path For Austrian’s ‘Alternative Scenarios’ 
The airline confirmed on Thursday following a supervisory board meeting that it will prepare a new strategy that takes into account the higher labor costs and the possibility that it cannot come to an agreement with employee representatives.
Lufthansa Changes Tactics In Pilot Dispute 
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says the airline’s executive board has decided to deviate from the previous strategy.
Lufthansa May Launch Plan To Abandon Austrian 
With negotiations between the airline and employee representatives expected to continue up until a Thursday board meeting, the board is preparing decisions to either approve a new contract or start preparations for a new carrier, the sources say.
Air France-KLM Details Transavia Plans 
Transavia currently operates only from the Netherlands and France, but the group wants to turn the carrier into a major European low-fare airline with bases abroad.
MH17 Preliminary Report Confirms Impacts From Outside Aircraft 1

The Dutch Safety Board says that the damage found on wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 “appears to indicate that there were impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.”

The aircraft investigators stopped short of saying exactly what hit the Boeing 777-200ER. But the conclusions drawn by the safety board, mainly from photographs and other observations, support the theory that the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in the Eastern part of Ukraine.

Air Baltic, British Airways Sign Code-sharing Deal 
Air Baltic and British Airways have agreed to code share on the Riga-London/Gatwick route. 
British Airways, which itself does not serve Riga, will put its code on the nine weekly Air Baltic flights to London. For BA, Gatwick is the much-smaller London base when compared to the Heathrow hub, but Air Baltic has no slots at the city’s main international hub.
The agreement further solidifies Air Baltic’s status as a non-alliance airline.
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