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.


Large Backlogs, In-service Capacity Slow Widebody Market 
There are multiple factors contributing to the current sluggishness, including aircraft program issues, capacity considerations and airline strategy factors.
Analysts: Steep Fuel Price Rise May Bring Back Hedging 
The relatively steep rise in fuel prices in recent months has forced more airlines to look at hedging, several analysts report.
A British Airways Airbus A380 lands at London Heathrow Airport.
IAG Pondering A380 Order  1
Outgoing Airbus sales chief John Leahy said he was confident the airframer could secure another order for the A380 before the end of the year.
ALC Sees Lease Costs Rising With Rates, Aircraft Demand 
The anticipated rise in interest rates combined with strong underlying demand for aircraft will lead to higher lease rates, Air Lease Corp. CEO John Plueger forecasts.
Interview: The World According to John Leahy  23
Airbus chief salesman John Leahy, now that retirement is near, reflects on his career and how the industry has changed.
Emirates A380
Emirates Secures A380 Production With Additional Commitments 

WASHINGTON—Airbus said it will continue to build the A380 for at least another decade following a commitment from Emirates Airline to add at least 20 aircraft to its backlog.

Boeing, Airbus Orders And Deliveries Show Continued Market Strength  26
In spite of unprecedented backlogs, major civil aircraft manufacturers enjoy strong airline demand, but Airbus warns it may have to stop the A380 program.
Podcast: No Losers In 2017 Airbus-Boeing Battle 4
Aviation Week editors and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s chief forecaster delve into a record-breaking year and discuss why the show will go on.
Leahy: Airbus Will Shut A380 If No Deal With Emirates  184
Outgoing sales chief believes the A380 is an “aircraft whose time will come,” but it needs to go through a period of low demand before additional orders emerge.
Airbus Faces Dilemma As It Looks At Next Development Options  121
As Airbus takes control of the Bombardier C Series, there is no clarity about the manufacturer’s next moves.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders Is Aviation Week 2017 Person Of The Year  25
The hard-nosed, no-nonsense strategist has reshaped Airbus and altered the aircraft industry’s competitive landscape.
Podcast: Why Tom Enders is our Person of the Year
Jens Flottau discusses how the Airbus chief had an outsize impact on the aviation industry—and his company—in 2017.
Thomas Cook Buys AOC To Expedite German Growth 
Leisure travel group Thomas Cook has acquired Air Berlin Aviation, an affiliate of bankrupt Air Berlin, to speed up its growth in the German market.
MC-21 Narrowbody Flight Tests Symbolize Russian Sector Ambitions  12
Development of new civil aircraft in Russia takes place against the backdrop of a recent surge in demand in domestic and international air travel.
Four Bidders In Final Round For Niki 
According to industry sources, four bidders are in the mix.