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Jens Flottau

Jens Flottau
Managing Editor, Commercial Aviation, Aviation Week & Space Technology,
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.

Qantas Moves Closer To Project Sunrise Decision 
Qantas completes the first trial flight of its proposed “Project Sunrise” ultra-long-haul services, but is yet to decide to officially launch such routes.
Airline Industry Sees Constrained Pilot Supply, But No Crisis  3
While commercial airlines, in general, are facing a pilot shortage worldwide, the situation varies greatly across regions.
Long-haul Narrowbodies Open New Opportunities For Low-Cost Airlines  2
Orders for narrowbodies that can fly long-haul routes have recently been promising, but there are differing views on the potential impact for low-cost carriers.
Airbus Offers A350-1000 In Qantas Project Sunrise Competition  4
Airbus confirmed it is offering a version of the A350-1000 in the Qantas ultra-long-haul competition around “Project Sunrise” that would enable the airline to open nonstop flights from Australia’s East Coast to London and New York, among other locations.
Swiss To Return All Its A220s After New Engine Incident 
Swiss International Air Lines will return its entire fleet of 28 Airbus A220s for engine checks following another engine-related diversion on Oct. 15.
EC Approves Emergency Loan To Condor For Winter Flights 
The European Commission (EC) has cleared the way for a government-backed emergency loan to leisure carrier Condor, giving the company much-needed financing for the winter season and more time to find a new investor.
LCC Competition Drives Air France To Grow Cabin Density 
Air France is looking at ways to “comfortably densify the economy cabins” as it seeks a competitive response to the threat of long-haul low-cost carriers (LCCs), according to Air France-KLM EVP Angus Clarke.
Long-Haul Narrowbodies Eyed To Open New LCC Markets 
Narrowbody aircraft capable of long-haul flying will open substantial new market opportunities to low cost airlines, industry executives said at the CAPA Low-Cost Long-Haul Global Summit here.
Lufthansa Executive Says Condor Takeover Unlikely 
Lufthansa Executive Board member Harry Hohmeister sees “a lot of difficulties” if the company were to attempt a takeover of leisure carrier Condor.
U.S.-Europe Aviation Tariff Disputes: Questions And Answers 
A look at how the World Trade Organization decisions and subsequent government moves will affect the aviation industry.
Analysis: Tariffs Could Hit 15% Of Airbus, Boeing Backlogs 
Planned tariffs on aircraft imports to the U.S. from Europe would apply to about 15% of the Airbus backlog, Aviation Week Fleet Data Services show, though many questions—from how lessors are affected to what happens with U.S.-assembled A320s, remain unanswered.
Delta Powers Past American With Purchase Of 20% LATAM Stake 
Delta Air Lines’ agreement to buy a 20% stake in LATAM comes at the expense of American, Gol and Oneworld.
Delta Buys 20% Stake In LATAM Airlines Group 

Delta Air Lines is massively expanding its presence on routes between North and Latin America as a result of its agreement to buy a 20% stake in Latam Airlines Group.

Do Recent European Airline Failures Signal Start Of A Deeper Crisis? 
After Aigle Azur and the collapse of Thomas Cook—Europe’s major airline casualties are mounting.
New Tariffs Will Leave Airbus Smarting But Hurt Boeing More  3
The moral of the story of the airliner subsidy dispute at the WTO is: Be careful about starting fights. Now Boeing looks set to learn it the hard way.

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