Jens Flottau

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


Swoop In The Market For More Narrowbodies 
Canadian ULCC Swoop is looking to grow its fleet to up to 50 aircraft “over the next couple of years” as the airline seeks to add more secondary airports to its network.
United’s A321XLR Order Highlights Boeing’s MAX And NMA Dilemma  11
United Airlines’ plans to buy Airbus A321XLR to replace its Boeing 757s is a major blow to Boeing that could see the OEM abandoning the proposed new midmarket airplane.
Opinion: United’s Transformation Kicks In, But More Work Is Needed  1
A nondescript Chicago location belies the transformation United Airlines is trying to effect to improve its reputation and expand its reach.
Lufthansa Group Reshuffles Executive Board 
In a long-expected move, Lufthansa Group has made senior executive changes reflecting the difficulties it has had in union relations and the turnaround of its Eurowings LCC subsidiary.
New Berlin Airport To Open Oct. 31, 2020 
Berlin’s new airport—Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)—is now set to open at the end of October 2020, eight years later than originally planned.
EASA Clears Airbus 480-Seat A350-1000 Version 
EASA has given Airbus approval to raise the maximum passenger number on the A350-1000 from 440 to 480.
Condor Expects Clarity About New Owner In January 
Leisure carrier Condor faces restructuring after Thomas Cook’s failure but remains profitable and has options.
Lufthansa Sells European Part Of LSG’s Catering Unit To Gategroup 
Lufthansa has sold the European portion of its catering unit LSG Group to Gategroup, its first step toward exiting the airline catering business segment altogether.
Condor Expects Decision In January On Post-Thomas Cook Ownership 
German leisure carrier Condor expects to gain clarity about its future ownership in January 2020, around four months after having entered a special restructuring scheme.
Airbus Launches Wake-Riding Demonstrator Project  6
With the air transport industry trying hard to reduce its environmental footprint, Airbus is looking at unconventional ways to improve efficiency.
Airbus Seeks Up To 10% Fuel Burn Savings By Aircraft Flying Together 

Airbus believes aircraft following another one can reach up to 10% in fuel burn reduction by taking advantage of wake updraft.

The manufacturer launched its 'fello'fly' project at Dubai Airshow in a move that could pave the way for entry-into-service by the middle of the next decade. The project is geared at both testing the technical feasibility of the concept and also at addressing as many operational issues that may arise with airlines, air traffic management and regulators.

Long-term Reengining Could Rebuild Bridge Between GE And Airbus  1
New engines on existing aircraft is a tried-and-tested formula and could buy time for radical concepts to come as propulsion providers look for applications.
Big Gulf Order Changes Show Differing Airline Fortunes 
Emirates and Air Arabia have ordered more Airbus and Boeing airliners; Etihad is reducing its Boeing 787 buy.
Germany’s TUI Fly To Enter Long-Haul Market 
German leisure carrier TUI fly decided Nov. 21 it will introduce long-haul routes, a move that could significantly change the country’s leisure airline market.
Air Senegal Orders A220s For Regional And Long-Haul Networks 
Air Senegal placed a preliminary order for eight Airbus A220-300s as it looks to expand its African and European networks.
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