Jens Flottau


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

Lufthansa Airbus A320
Lufthansa Group’s 2018 net profit down 7.6% on higher fuel costs, expenses
Lufthansa Group recorded a 2018 net profit of €2.2 billion ($2.5 billion), down 7.6% from €2.3 billion in 2017.
Lufthansa A350-900
Lufthansa orders 20 more A350-900s; returns six A380s to Airbus 
Lufthansa has decided to retire a significant part of its Airbus A380 fleet as it invests in smaller widebodies.
Boeing 737 MAX
FAA: No MAX groundings, stays course with planned changes 
The FAA is pressing on with planned changes to Boeing 737 MAX aircraft stemming from the October 2018 Lion Air flight JT610 crash, but has not seen evidence from the recent Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 crash to take additional steps, such as the precautionary groundings around the globe.
EASA grounds Boeing 737 MAX
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) decided March 12 to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX flight operations in Europe until further notice.
Boeing to deploy 737 MAX software enhancement ‘in the coming weeks’
Boeing says it will deploy a 737 MAX software “enhancement” across the fleet in the coming weeks incorporating feedback “received from our customers.”
Parts of an engine and the landing gear
Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crash probe eyes Lion Air ties
The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 near Addis Ababa March 10 has triggered voluntary groundings of in-service MAX-family aircraft even as investigators only begin their work, as concerns over possible links to last October 2018’s Lion Air MAX 8 crash mount, despite evidence of any clear links between the two crashes.
Crashed Ethiopian 737 MAX pilot requested return clearance
The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed March 10 issued a distress call, according to the airline’s group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
Eurowings A320
Eurowings in talks to consolidate AOCs
Lufthansa’s lower cost affiliate Eurowings has initiated talks with its various unions about merging its various air operator’s certificates (AOCs) to gain efficiencies after a period of strong growth.
TUIfly Boeing MAX 8
TUIfly may convert part of Boeing MAX order to -10s
German leisure airline TUIfly is considering converting part of its big order for Boeing 737 MAX 8s into the larger -10 to have more capacity on dense routes.
Al Baker calls Boeing’s NMA an ‘Ill-placed strategy’ 
Launching the proposed new mid-market airplane (NMA) would be an “ill-placed strategy” by Boeing, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker believes.
Qatar Airways A380
Qatar Airways to report loss in fiscal 2019 on higher operational costs
Qatar Airways will post a loss in its financial year 2019, but will continue to grow its network nonetheless, CEO Akbar Al Baker said at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin.
Eurowings Airbus A330-200
Lufthansa rethinks Eurowings’ long-haul strategy
Lufthansa Group LCC Eurowings is moving a large part of its long-haul operations to Frankfurt and Munich, the group’s main hub, as part of a wider strategy to rethink of how to tackle the leisure travel market.
Rendering of 777X in British Airways’ livery
IAG orders up to 42 777-9s for BA fleet replacement 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has ordered up to 42 Boeing 777-9 aircraft for its British Airways (BA) subsidiary. If all options are exercised, the deal is valued at $18.6 billion at list prices.
Vereinigung Cockpit names new president after Locher resigns
Markus Wahl has been named as the new president of Germany’s pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) after previous president Martin Locher resigned in a surprise move.
Airbus to increase narrowbody production ramp-up 
Airbus has firmed up its plans to further increase narrowbody production over the next three years.
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Mar 13, 2019

US, under pressure, grounds MAX

A stunning week, beginning with the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX and, three days later, every single MAX is grounded—and the US was last to make that call....More
Mar 13, 2019

FAA, US airline leaders need to speak up on MAX

News this morning that Canada has grounded the Boeing 737 MAX is highly significant and truly leaves the US isolated on this issue....More
Mar 12, 2019

MAX crash divides US from rest of world on aviation safety calls

The immediate aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX crash is stunning. While it is not unprecedented for the aviation authorities and airlines of non-US countries to diverge from FAA on when an aircraft grounding is necessary, it is unusual. And the scale of this divergence is unprecedented....More

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