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.

A400M Countries Form Monitoring Team, Germany Warns Of Airlift Gap 20
The team will monitor Airbus plans to bring the project back on track, according to a German defense ministry letter sent to members of parliament and obtained by Aviation Week.
Software Cut Off Fuel Supply In Stricken A400M  78
The crash of an Airbus A400M airlifter that killed four people on May 9 may have been caused by new software that cut off the engine-fuel supply, industry sources have said.
German Pilots Union Agrees To Arbitration With Lufthansa 
VC said on May 13 that arbitration on all outstanding issues might be “doable.” It warns, however, that it is skeptical about trying to resolve “job-related topics” outside of arbitration, as proposed by Lufthansa.
Emirates Considers More Fifth-Freedom Flying From Europe 
Any major push into fifth-freedom operations appears to be unlikely, however, because it would change an already highly successful business model.
Air Berlin Considers Selling Maintenance And Cargo Units 
“We have to answer the question whether cargo and maintenance are part of our core business,” Pichler said on May 12 when Air Berlin presented its first-quarter results. “If the answer is no we will bring them into a partnership or sell them.”
Key Airline Leaders: Liberalization Still Far In Future 
The legacy portion of the airline industry claims it is favoring further liberalization, but its actions indicate the opposite.
BEA Finds Suspicious Data Inputs By Germanwings First Officer 
First officer of Germanwings Flight 9525 acted suspiciously on earlier flight, BEA report finds.
Emirates To Take 28 Aircraft in 2015-16  1
Emirates, undeterred from competitor claims, continues growth as new aircraft arrive and airport expands.
Emirates, Backed By Stronger Profits, Will Accelerate Expansion 
Al Maktoum spoke as Emirates announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, and underscored that outcry from major U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines will not deter his carrier.
Germanwings Pilot Made Suspicious Altitude Selections On Earlier Flight 
The document, published May 6, revealed that Lubitz made suspicious altitude inputs on the outbound flight from Düsseldorf to Barcelona on the same day.
Lufthansa Tries Lengthy Arbitration To Avoid Further Pilot Strikes 
Earlier this month, Lufthansa came to an important crossroads but seemed to take the wrong turn.
Lufthansa Sees Significant Currency Effect In Quarterly Earnings 
Lufthansa’s first-quarter results provide yet another example of the strong influence that exchange rates exert over the airline business, and how little airlines can do about it.
Kratky To Be Named CEO At Austrian 
Kratky, 57, has been nominated by the company, but still needs formal confirmation by Austrian’s board of directors, which is scheduled to meet on May 12.
Emirates Offers First Detailed Response To Subsidy Claims 
“Emirates does not receive and never has received any form of subsidy from the UAE (United Arab Emirates) government,” the company says in its “Open Sky” government affairs newsletter. “And considering that we have operated to the U.S. since 2004, we fail to understand how we can possibly be competing unfairly in 2015.”
Qatar Announces Three New U.S. Destinations 
The airline said on May 4 that it will introduce daily flights to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta in 2016. The first Los Angeles flight will land on Jan. 1, Boston will follow on March 1, and Atlanta on July 1.
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