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
Airbus Looks At Larger Capacity For A350-1000 
The cabin modifications would be ready toward the end of the decade, according to Executive Vice-President Programs Didier Evrard, who is also still running the A350 program.
Person of the Year: The Notorious Mr. Putin 107
Aviation Week’s Person of the Year is the figure who had the most impact—for better or, in this case, worse—on aerospace and aviation over the year. In 2014, Putin’s actions roiled defense, space and commercial aviation.
Opinion: Initiatives To Improve Flight Tracking Should Not Eclipse Other Issues 3
While recent airline crashes in Asia are creating pressure for improved tracking of flights, other initiatives to prevent crashes are arguably more important.
Airbus Sees 1,000-Aircraft Market For A321LR 2
One approach to long-range ‘replacements’ for the venerable 757 is clearly defined with Airbus’s launch of its A321LR model.
Airbus Looks At Larger Capacity For A350-1000 9
The cabin modifications would be ready toward the end of the decade, according to Executive Vice-President Programs Didier Evrard.
Airbus Launches Long-Range A321neo Version 11
Airbus has formally launched a long range version of the A321 with a 97 ton maximum take-off weight.
Airbus Keeps Orders, Deliveries At High Level 9
Airbus slightly increased its aircraft output in 2014 as orders remained at a very high level. The manufacturer delivered 629 aircraft last year, three more than in 2013. It recorded net orders for 1,456 aircraft compared to 1,503 a year earlier.
Fernandes’s Low-Cost AirAsia Venture Tested By QZ8501 Accident 
The fast-growing airline conglomerate is facing its most serious crisis in the crash of Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501.
Gulf Carriers Raise The Bar For Onboard Services 
Newly enhanced service offerings from big three Gulf carriers likely to pose a challenge for competitors.
A320neo First Delivery Will Herald Era Of Reengined Derivatives  6
Airlines are showing by their orders that they are willing to accept the reengined derivative concept for narrowbodies as well as widebodies. And manufacturers in Asia are edging further into the civil aircraft production field.
Aer Lingus Rejects IAG Conditional Offer 
IAG eyes Aer Lingus, which would broaden its reach into Ireland and the U.K., but even more attractive to the group is the Irish airline’s 3% share of London-Heathrow slots. With these, IAG could stage more profitable long-haul flying.
Qatar Airways Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A350
The delivery to Qatar Airways comes eight years and three weeks after the 2006 launch of the aircraft.
Aer Lingus Board Rejects IAG Offer 

International Airlines Group (IAG) on Dec. 18 confirmed it made a bid for Aer Lingus, which the board of the Irish airline has rejected.

Aer Lingus said it had received a “preliminary, highly conditional and non-binding approach from IAG” on Dec. 14. The airline’s board “has reviewed the proposal and believes that it fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and its attractive prospects.” Therefore, the proposal was rejected on Dec. 16. The airline added that “shareholders are strongly advised to take no action.”

Global Jet Fuel Prices (midpoint)* As of December 18, 2014, compared with previous week and previous year 

cts/gal prev. week prev. year

NY Jet Barges 197.55 -7.43 -102.60

Chicago Jet 192.30 -14.18 -101.95

West Coast (LA) Jet 184.30 -9.68 -117.20

Europe: Rotterdam Jet (Barges) 187.55 -8.37 -114.60

Asia/Pacific (Singapore Kero) 176.38 -15.79 -121.79

*All prices cts/gal

All data, except for Asia/Pacific, represent latest spot price data as of Wednesday. Asia/Pacific data represent latest spot price data as of Thursday.

What's In Store For The A380?  17
Indecision by company executives about the A380’s future mirrors uncertainty about prospects for its market.
 
Blogs
Jan 29, 2015
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Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

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Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

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Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

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Jan 22, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 20, 2015
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Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

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