Jens Flottau


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

IATA predicts airline profits to rise again in 2019
Supported by strong demand for travel and a decline in fuel costs, IATA expects airline industry profits to rise again in 2019 following a dip this year.
IATA: No-deal Brexit contingency plan is ‘essential’
IATA expects “significant disruption” to air travel in case the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal agreed on Brexit.
Indigo Partners plans to buy stake in WOW Air 
Indigo Partners, a US private equity firm that specializes in ultra-LCCs, has emerged as a potential new investor in WOW Air, dramatically changing the fortunes of the Icelandic LCC in the same week that an acquisition attempt by Icelandair collapsed.
FBB stands by October 2020 opening for Berlin Brandenburg 
Airport operator FBB has reaffirmed an October 2020 opening date for Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER).
Industry observers see no upside out of Brexit for aviation
Major uncertainty continues across the European air transport industry about the impact of the UK’s pending split from the European Union (EU), and clauses on aviation within a new Brexit political declaration provide little reassurance.
US, UK close to reaching new Open Skies deal 
Industry officials expect US and UK negotiators to reach agreement on a new Open Skies agreement in the next round of negotiations taking place Nov. 28 in Washington DC, but ownership and control regulations remain a concern.
Airbus to reveal A321XLR details in 2019
Airbus will give the market more concrete guidance on the proposed A321XLR in 2019, an aircraft Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury said can “change the industry.”
TAP Air Portugal A330neo.
Airbus: A330neo sales will pick up as TAP takes first delivery 
Airbus is confident the A330neo will gain “more traction” in the market once airlines were able to verify the aircraft’s in-service performance, now that TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the first A330-900.
Airbus names new CFO, commercial COO 
Airbus’ management transition continued Nov. 21 with the appointments of Dominik Asam as CFO and Michael Schoellhorn as COO of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
Emirates Airbus A380
Emirates 1H net profit drops 86% on fuel costs, currency weakness 
Emirates Airline warned of a difficult second half of its fiscal year after a profit drop of 86% in the first six months.
Etihad, Gulf Air near cooperation deal 
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Bahrain-based Gulf Air have signed an MOU that could lead to broad cooperation across various fields.
Qatar Airways CEO considers creating own alliance 
Qatar Airways “has the potential to form our own alliance” should the airline decide to withdraw from the oneworld alliance, CEO Akbar Al Baker said Nov. 13.
AACO AGM: Arab airline executives dismiss consolidation talk 
Despite recent speculation, Arab airline executives dismissed the notion that consolidation of the region’s air transport sector is on the horizon.
Icelandair agrees to buy WOW Air 
Icelandair agreed to buy local rival WOW Air Nov. 5 in a move that could end a battle for dominance at both carriers’ Keflavik home base. The airlines will maintain their brands and operate as separate entities following different models, according to the takeover agreement.
Emirates Airbus A380
Clark: Emirates selects Rolls’ Trent 900 engines for next A380s 
Emirates Airline is close to signing up for more Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines for its incoming fleet of Airbus A380s, according to Emirates president Tim Clark.
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Blogs & Commentary
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More
Oct 24, 2018

BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More

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