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.


Boeing And Airbus Hope To Leave Production Glitches Behind In 2019 
For commercial aviation in 2019, though each major manufacturer has its own challenges, it’s all about executing on the production side.
Airbus Appoints Mhun As 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.
Avianca Brasil Files For Bankruptcy After Rapid Expansion 
Only a few months ago, Avianca Brasil had big plans, but it now has filed for bankruptcy.
IATA Demands Contingency Planning For No-Deal Brexit 
IATA expects “significant disruption” to air travel if United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal as part of Brexit.
IATA Forecasts Slower Growth, Profit Rebound for 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.
U.S.-UK Open Skies Raises Concerns Of Joint Ventures’ Market Dominance 
Signing more open skies agreements such as the one with the UK won’t open more strategic options for U.S. airlines.
How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’  4
Aside from external factors, Airbus generated many of its own problems. Significant changes to its in-house production system created far more issues than anticipated.
Could Indigo Partners’ WOW Stake Raise Long-Haul Low-Cost Credibility? 
WOW has been expanding aggressively the past few years in competition with Icelandair, connecting destinations in Europe and North America.
Indigo Partners Emerges As Likely Investor In Iceland's WOW Air 
Indigo Partners, a U.S. private equity firm that specializes in ULCCs, has emerged as a potential new investor in WOW Air, dramatically changing the fortunes of the Iceland LCC in the same week that acquisition attempts by Icelandair collapsed.
Berlin Airport October 2020 Opening Firmed 
The opening date of Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) is now firm, according to airport operator FBB (Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg).
Airbus Delivers First A330neo And Prepares To Launch A321XLR 
The European airframer is trying to shrink the potential market for Boeing’s new midmarket airplane.
Aviation Industry Observers See ‘No Upside In Brexit’ 
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.
U.S., UK Near Bilateral Deal; Ownership, Control Concerns Remain 
Industry officials expect U.S. and UK negotiators to reach a new open skies agreement in the next round of negotiations taking place Nov. 28 in Washington D.C., but ownership and control regulations remain a concern.
Airbus Clarity On A321XLR Expected In 2019 
Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury says Airbus will give the market more concrete guidance on the proposed A321XLR in 2019, an aircraft Faury asserts can “change the industry.”
Airbus Expects A330neo Sales Boost After First Delivery 
Airbus believes the Airbus A330neo will gain “more traction“ in the market once airlines are able to verify the aircraft’s in-service performance, now that TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of the first A330-900.
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