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.


Podcast: Airbus – Looking Ahead
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and his management colleagues have taken over little over a month ago. Now, weeks before the Paris Air Show, the new leadership team has given first indications on strategy and priorities. What are the key takes? Aviation Week Network editors discuss.
Airbus To Study Production System Changes, Vertical Integration 
Airbus is embarking on studies into what efficiency gains are possible in the current production system and what level of vertical integration makes sense in the future.
Airbus Increases A220 Range; Considers More A321neo Range 
Airbus is offering both versions of the A220 at substantially increased ranges and is working on a further upgrade of the A321LR to improve that model’s range capabilities further.
Airbus Makes Senior Management Changes 
Airbus appointed Antoine Bouvier and Patrick de Castelbajac to new senior executive positions in the group.
Airbus Makes Senior Management Changes 
Airbus has appointed Antoine Bouvier and Patrick de Castelbajac to new senior executive positions in the group.
Two Megadeals Transform Canada’s Air Transport Market  1
Onex’s purchase of WestJet is the biggest private equity deal ever in the airline industry, and part of a potential dramatic turnaround for the once-shunned airline industry.
IAG To Refrain From Pursuing Thomas Cook, Norwegian 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has no interest in bidding for the airline division of tourism group Thomas Cook, CEO Willie Walsh said May 10.
Lufthansa Bids For Thomas Cook Group Subsidiary Condor 
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr confirmed May 7 that his company has placed a non-binding offer for Thomas Cook Group subsidiary Condor.
Russian Authorities: ‘No Reason To Ground’ SSJ Fleet 
The Russian Transport Ministry said May 6 it sees no reason to ground the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ) fleet following the May 5 crash of an Aeroflot Superjet 100-95 upon landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, 27 min. after having taken off for a scheduled flight towards Murmansk.
Multiple Fatalities Reported in Aeroflot SSJ Crash  1
An Aeroflot Sukhoi SuperJet 100-95 (SSJ) crashed on landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport May 5, less than 30 minutes after taking off for a scheduled flight to Murmansk.
Opinion: Will MAX Fallout Lead To Fleet Strategy Changes?  1
Airlines may have to approach fleet planning differently post-MAX to limit exposure to risk.
Lufthansa Curtails Eurowings Growth As Results Deteriorate 
Lufthansa Apr. 30 decided to stop any planned growth of its low-fare brand Eurowings as that unit’s financial performance continued to deteriorate in the first quarter.
Faury: Airbus Sees No Benefit From Boeing MAX Crisis  1
“An A320 is an A320 and a MAX is a MAX”, said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, adding that the current situation “is not changing the mid- to long-term picture.”
Pratt-Powered Airbus A319neo Makes First Flight 
The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered Airbus A319neo made its first flight Apr. 25, starting a flight test campaign that is to be completed before the end of the year.
737 MAX Crisis Raises Questions About NMA Timing And Definition  5
Boeing’s 737 MAX production cut deepens worries of market-share loss versus the Airbus A320neo and brings strategy considerations to the fore again.
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