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.

Air France-KLM Concessions Fail To End Strike 
Air France pilots, apparently digging in against expansion of a low-cost subsidiary in France, showed no signs of ending their walkout despite confirmation that Air France-KLM has officially dropped plans to launch a pan-European low-cost carrier.
ISTAT Europe Highlights Aircraft Production Concerns 1
Aircraft financing firms are voicing concerns that some kind of downward correction to commercial aircraft demand is likely and that there could be a corresponding effect on the number of aircraft cancellations or postponements.
As Air France Strike Continues, Other Conflicts Reemerge 
At Lufthansa, pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said on Thursday that negotiations had failed.
Lufthansa To Change A340 Crewing Plan 
The carrier plans to dry-lease up to 14 Airbus A340-300s out to a third-party operator, which would fly the aircraft on Lufthansa’s behalf.
A320neo Completes First Flight 1
During its first flight, the aircraft stayed near Toulouse and opened the flight envelope with a medium speed and altitude range.
Wizz Air Looks At Going All-A321 
“The European Union is not allowing market forces to play their part,” Wizz Air’s CFO Michael Powell said at the International Society of Aircraft Transport Trading (ISTAT) Europe conference here.
ISTAT Europe Highlights Aircraft Production Concerns 
“Somehow the stars are aligned, something has to happen,” Gordon Welsh, Director of Aerospace at the U.K. Export Finance, said at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Europe conference here.
Turkish Considers Placing A380 or 747-8 orders 

Turkish Airlines is nearing a decision on orders for a new long-haul fleet, as the carrier’s board of directors evaluates proposals by management.

The airline is considering the Boeing 787, 777X and 747-8 as well as the Airbus A350 and A380 as it tries to define the composition of its future long-haul fleet, Senior VP for Investment Management Levent Konukcu tells attendees at the ISAT Europe conference in Istanbul.

Airbus Group To Focus On Military Aircraft, Space And Missiles
Airbus Group ditching non-core assets, including its stake in Dassault
Airbus Noncommittal About A380neo Launch Decision 
Airbus is under pressure from its most important A380 customer, Emirates, to offer the aircraft with new engines.
Airbus To Look At Higher A350 Rates 3
John Leahy is concerned that Airbus may not deliver as many A350s as the potential demand for the aircraft, because of its conservative production ramp-up.
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