Jens Flottau


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


Airbus A350-900 ULR
Airbus A350-900 ultra long-range aircraft makes maiden flight
The Airbus A350-900 ULR (ultra long-range) made its first flight on April 23, starting a short flight test program ahead of its first delivery in the second half of 2018.
Eurowings Airbus A330-200
Eurowings begins long-haul flights from Munich
Lufthansa LCC subsidiary Eurowings has introduced its first long-haul service from Munich as part of plans to double capacity from the German base in 2018.
Norwegian Boeing 787-9
IAG acquires 4.61% stake in Norwegian in ‘attractive investment’
International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired a 4.61% stake in LCC Norwegian, a move that could see it take full control later. IAG said in a statement it considered Norwegian to be an “attractive investment.”
Airbus focuses on A320neo family deliveries; defers upgrade decisions 
Airbus—which has been considering upgrades to the A320neo family—is shelving a decision on upgrades in favor of focusing on deliveries as the manufacturer continues to face tough challenges in ramping up production and with the in-service fleet.
Hi Fly takes A330-900 from Air Lease Corp.
Portuguese wet lease specialist Hi Fly signed up with Air Lease Corp. (ALC) for a medium-term lease of one Airbus A330-900, kickstarting the carrier’s fleet modernization.
Hi Fly to acquire first A380 mid-year
Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly plans to take delivery of its first Airbus A380 in May or June, the company said April 5.
Condor Boeing 757-300
Sources: Condor may end cooperation agreement with LaudaMotion 
German leisure carrier Condor and Austrian startup LaudaMotion are negotiating the terms of ending a cooperation agreement, according to industry sources.
One of TAP Portugal’s initial two A330neos rolls out of the Airbus paint shop.
Airbus halfway through A330-900 flight tests; TAP first delivery on track 
Airbus is positioning the A330neo to operate on true long-haul routes such as from the US west coast deep into Asia or from India to the US east coast—segments similar to those on which the larger A350-900/-1000, as well as the Boeing 777 and 787, operate.
Lufthansa A320neo
Spohr: Lufthansa to reduce capacity expansion in 2018 
Lufthansa is forced to slow down its 2018 capacity expansion, as the airline struggles to find additional aircraft and discovers the build-up of low-fare unit Eurowings is taking longer than expected.
Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr
Lufthansa extends contract for CEO Carsten Spohr 
Lufthansa’s supervisory board has extended the contract of the group’s CEO Carsten Spohr by five years, assuring continuity at Europe’s largest airline.
Lufthansa A350 XWB
Lufthansa mulls additional A350 orders 
Lufthansa is considering a follow-up order for more Airbus A350s now that the airline has seen the initial results of flying Airbus’ latest widebody.
IAG calls Airbus A380 sales price ‘unacceptable’ 
International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh has said price proposals that Airbus has put forward for follow-on Airbus A380 orders are “not worth wasting two seconds on.”
A 2015 photo showing an Airbus A320 in airberlin and Etihad livery
Airberlin administrator seeks more than $1.25 billion in claims against Etihad 
Airberlin’s insolvency administrator Lucas Floether is nearing a decision on making claims in excess of €1 billion ($1.25 billion) against former shareholder Etihad Airways as he seeks to satisfy as many creditor demands as possible.
Air Astana Boeing 767-300
Air Astana, Cathay Pacific to codeshare 
Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific are introducing codesharing services on parts of their networks from March 15.
Mapping Lufthansa’s rising fortunes 
Lufthansa’s fortunes have risen under a leader determined to bring about change.