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.


Why Airbus Was Chasing The Wrong Enemy When It Launched The A380 
The A380 is the symbol of Europe’s ambition to become an equal competitor to Boeing. While Airbus reached its target anyway, the program failed.
Etihad Cancels Large Part Of Airbus, Boeing Orders 
Etihad Airways is close to dropping large parts of its orders for Airbus and Boeing widebodies in an effort to reduce growth and stem losses.
Airbus Commits To Further Narrowbody Ramp-Up 
Airbus has firmed up its plans to further increase narrowbody production over the next three years.
Eurocontrol Sees No Improvement In 2019 Air Traffic Delays 
2018 was marked by massive air traffic control delays. It looks like 2019 will not be better.
Airbus Terminating A380 Program In 2021 25
After years in crisis mode, the decision to stop production of the world’s largest civil aircraft does not come as a surprise.
Podcast: Will the Boeing 747 Outlive the Airbus A380? 6
Marking 50th anniversary of first 747 flight, our editors discuss the “giant jet’s” rocky beginnings, how much of a future it has left and whether Airbus will shutter the A380 line.
Airbus Should Accept Reality And End The A380 Program  21
If the A380 program is terminated, the real irony would be that an A350 deal ultimately led to the demise of the behemoth.
Christoph Mueller To Leave Emirates 
Emirates Airline Chief Digital and Innovation Officer Christoph Mueller resigned from the company and plans to return to Europe, the group said Feb. 7.
Thomas Cook Considers Selling Airline Division 
Lufthansa Group has shown an interest in buying Condor’s Frankfurt-based long-haul operation, industry sources said Feb. 7.
Oneworld Has ‘No Plans’ To Add China Southern 
Oneworld has “no plans” for China Southern Airlines to become a member of the alliance, according to CEO Rob Gurney.
Airbus Confirms Discussions With Emirates About A380 Order  20
Termination of the contract could force Airbus to shut down the A380 program, a move the manufacturer seriously considered before securing the latest commitment from the type’s—by far—largest customer.
Qatar Airways To Take 10 A321LRs 
Qatar Airways is converting part of its order for 50 Airbus A321neos to the long-range version of the aircraft.
Long-Range Narrowbodies Open New Airline Opportunities  2
Increasing capabilities of new narrowbody aircraft prompting more airlines to consider using them for long-range routes traditionally flown by widebodies.
EASA Grants Airbus A330-900 ETOPS Certification Beyond 180 Minutes 
Airbus is offering the A330-900 with a 285-minute ETOPS capability now that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the feature of the latest Airbus widebody.
Lessors Thrive As Airlines Grow 
The leasing industry continues to attract outside investors as private equity firms mull GECAS takeover.
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