Jens Flottau


Jens Flottau is Managing Editor, Commercial Aviation, for ATW's sister publication, Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Air France-KLM affiliate Joon to launch Dec. 1 
Air France-KLM’s new affiliate Joon is to launch scheduled flying Dec. 1 with services to Porto and Lisbon, Portugal; Berlin; and Barcelona.
Airberlin A330-300
Airberlin rescue deal uncertain after new threat emerges 
The airberlin bankruptcy reached a new level of complexity and uncertainty, after a creditor filed an application to declare Austrian subsidiary NIKI bankrupt as well.
Emirates temporarily shelves plans for twin widebody order 
A planned order for either the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 is “off the table for now,” Emirates president Tim Clark told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.
Airberlin creditors to grant preliminary approval for Niki sale 
Amid intense pressure to find quick solutions for the failing airberlin business, the company’s creditor committee is expected to grant preliminary approval for the sale of Austrian affiliate Niki to Lufthansa at its Aug. 23 meeting.
airberlin aircraft
Lufthansa, airberlin to begin asset-transfer negotiations 
Following airberlin’s Aug. 15 bankruptcy filing, Lufthansa will start negotiations with the company’s newly appointed administrator Lucas Flöther and CEO Thomas Winkelmann on Aug. 18 to discuss the targeted takeover of a large number of assets.
New widebody market slow to develop in US 
None of the three largest U.S. carriers has ordered the Boeing 777X, and it's unclear when any of the 82 U.S. A350s on order will be delivered.
Qatar Airways A350-900
Qatar Airways cancels four A350 orders on delivery delays 
Qatar Airways has made the first cancellations to its large Airbus A350 orders, as Airbus continues to struggle with significant delivery delays.
Four airlines to cooperate on new Airbus digital initiative 
Airbus has launched Skywise, a broad initiative to use a lot more data in a much more structured way to make its own and airline operations more efficient.
Qatar Airbus A350 XWB
Qatar Airways CEO stands by aircraft orders despite airspace blockade 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker ruled out aircraft cancellations after four Middle Eastern countries blocked the airline from using their airspace, but the airline will start redeploying capacity to new destinations.
Airbus launches A380-plus development study 
Airbus is offering its customers an enhanced version of the A380 dubbed the A380-plus, seeking to regain market traction with its biggest aircraft.
IATA warns of higher operating costs for airlines 
Higher operating costs are becoming the “emerging challenge for the airlines,” the IATA’s chief economist Brian Pearce warned at the association’s AGM in Cancun.
Airbus’ Leahy may retire ‘sooner rather than later’ 
Airbus is nearing a major change in its sales organization, as its current head of sales John Leahy has indicated he will retire soon.
Airbus confirms more A380 production cuts 
Airbus has confirmed it is preparing a further reduction of A380 output, as the company struggles to finalize more orders for the aircraft.
US electronics ban could extend to European airports 
The European Commission (EC) has told ACI Europe that the US ban on electronic devices could shortly be extended to European airports—but the US government has neither confirmed nor denied the new ban.
Rendering of A320neo in Qatar Airways’ livery
Qatar’s Al Baker cancels orders for two more A320neos 
The ongoing dispute between Qatar Airways and Airbus regarding outstanding deliveries of A320neos and A350s is entering the next round, after Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said he canceled orders for two more A320neos.
Blogs & Commentary
Oct 18, 2017

Planes, Politics & Protectionism

It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his credentials as a businessman....More
Oct 17, 2017

Airbus-Bombardier CSeries shocker: First thoughts

There will be much more to say about the blockbuster Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal, in which Airbus will become the majority stakeholder in the CSeries program, in the days and weeks ahead. Here are a few initial thoughts…...More
Oct 13, 2017

Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
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