Jens Flottau

Jens Flottau
Managing Editor, Commercial Aviation,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Jens leads Aviation Week’s global commercial coverage. He covers program updates and developments at Airbus, and as a frequent long-haul traveler, he often writes in-depth airline profiles worldwide.


He started his journalism career in 1992 as a freelance writer for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily national newspaper and soon specialised in air transport. Jens joined Aviation Week and Aviation Daily in 2000 as one of the European correspondents. Later his role was expanded to cover international air transport. In 2013 he was named Managing Editor Commercial.


Jens frequently appears on radio and TV to comment on industry matters. In 2003, he received the Hugo Junkers Award of the German aviation press for his coverage of Fairchild Dornier’s bankruptcy. He was named the country’s top travel and air transport writer by the Travel Industry Club three times. Jens graduated from the Munich School of Journalism.


Airbus’ A380 Dilemma: Kill It Or Keep Bleeding?  5
Public disagreement between Airbus and Emirates over A380 production pace and design updates highlights the manufacturer’s problems.
Mega-Aircraft Order Means Increased Price Pressure On Manufacturers 
Strength in numbers is playing out for the bottom lines of four LCCs owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners. Can global alliances strike similar deals?
Chief Executive Pushing For ATR Corporate Changes 
ATR CEO Christian Scherer is continuing his push to change the ATR company’s structure, which he believes could enable it to launch a larger turboprop.
Egyptair Signs Up For 24 Bombardier CS300s  1
Egyptair signed a letter of intent for up to 24 Bombardier CS300s at the Dubai airshow.
Renewed Wataniya Airways Commits To A320neo 
Wataniya Airways opted for the Airbus A320neo as it resumes building a Kuwait City-based network.
Emirates Dismisses A380plus Concept As Negotiations Continue 45
Emirates is rejecting the proposed Airbus A380plus concept in spite of its plans to continue ordering more of the largest commercial aircraft.
FlyDubai Mulls Large Order, Intensifies Link With Emirates
FlyDubai is in talks with aircraft manufacturers about another large order, but the commitment may not be announced at the current Dubai Airshow.
Emirates Wants A380 Production Guarantees Ahead of Order  36
Emirates is demanding guarantees from Airbus that A380 production will continue in the long term before committing to another major order for the aircraft.
Boeing: Positive Middle East Market Outlook
Boeing is confident that political turmoil and recent and ongoing troubles at the big three Gulf carriers will have no impact on its business in the Middle East.
Boeing Has Positive Middle East Outlook 
Boeing is confident that political turmoil and recent and ongoing troubles at the big three Gulf carriers will have no impact on its business in the Middle East.
Emirates Places Large 787-10 Order, Negotiates A380 Deal 32
Emirates placed a surprise large order for the Boeing 787-10 on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow, but negotiations about a similarly sized commitment for more Airbus A380s were continuing with no announcement expected until at least Monday.
Emirates Launches New First Class on 777 Fleet 5
The airline presented the new product on board of the latest Boeing 777-300ER it has been delivered on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow.
Turbulent Times for Gulf Carriers
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are slowing down their growth, but they will stay hugely important customers for Airbus and Boeing.
Etihad: Shrinks Back; Will It Become a Boutique Airline?
​Etihad, the smallest of the big three Gulf carriers, is undergoing the most fundamental change in its new era following the involuntary departure of its long-standing CEO James Hogan.
Qatar Deals With Blockade, Buys Into China
Following the Qatar boycott of four of its neighboring countries (the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt) Qatar Airways was forced to redeploy 20% of its capacity due to the inaccessibility of its single most important market Dubai and 17 other destinations it could no longer fly to.