Jens Flottau


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

Airbus breaks ground on A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama 
Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury sees the A320 and A220 to be ideally placed to “evolve in parallel” and anticipates making further decisions on how later this year.
Airbus negotiates with suppliers to cut A220 costs 
Airbus now has “a very good understanding of the cost base” of the A220 program, but negotiations with suppliers, key to bringing down costs, are still ongoing, Airbus-Bombardier partnership CEO Philippe Balducchi said.
Qatar Airways acquires 5% holding in China Southern 
Qatar Airways has bought a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines in a move that further broadens the portfolio of minority investments in airlines abroad.
North American carriers extend their profitability lead 
Airline fortunes are increasingly divided by region, with the consolidated US carriers further growing their profitability lead.
Airbus chief programs & services officer Philippe Mhun
Airbus names new chief programs & services officer 
Airbus named Philippe Mhun as its new head of programs, a role he will take on in addition to his current job as the company’s top services executive.
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.
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