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.


LOT Preparing For Major Fleet Decisions 
LOT Polish Airlines is nearing decisions about major aircraft orders to expand and simplify its widebody and short-haul fleets.
A Bittersweet Anniversary As Embraer Turns 50  1
50 years after its founding, and in spite of many successes, Embraer is about to enter a new era, giving up control of its commercial jets to Boeing.
Boeing Delays 777-8 Development Work  1
Slow market uptake and stretched resources are factors behind Boeing’s decision to halt 777-8 work for now.
Boeing Temporarily Halts 777-8 Development 
Boeing confirmed Aug. 14 that it is sliding development of its long-range 777-8 back.
Ural Airlines A321 Lands In Field After Bird Strike, Engine Failure 
An Airbus A321 operated by Russia’s Ural Airlines was forced to land in a corn field Aug. 15 after its CFM International CFM-56 engines ingested a flock of seagulls shortly after takeoff at Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport.
Opinion: Aviation Has Not Done Well Defending Its Environmental Stance  4
European airlines are likely to face more environmental taxes soon. They are partly to blame themselves that it has come so far.
Facing A321neo Production Hurdles, Airbus Adds Final Assembly Capacity  1
When Airbus launched the A320neo line, it was hoping to continue the success for some years. But volume and added complexity has had production consequences.
Airbus Looking To Add A321neo Final Assembly Line In Toulouse 
Airbus is nearing a decision in favor of an additional final assembly line (FAL) for the A321neo to be located at its Toulouse headquarters.
Thomas Cook Group To Be Split Up In Large Recapitalization 
A strategic investor could still come in to take over Thomas Cook Group’s airline division even after the tourism company agreed with banks, bondholders and its Chinese shareholder Fosun Tourism Group on the basic terms of a major recapitalization.
Norwegian CEO Kjos Steps Down As Airline Focuses On Turnaround 
After 17 years as CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, and as the airline fights to achieve its financial turnaround, Bjoern Kjos has decided to step down—effective immediately—handing over responsibility to new Acting CEO Geir Karlsen, previously CFO and Deputy CEO.
No Disruptions Expected From New Airbus A380 Checks 
Airbus A380 operators affected by a new inspection requirement are not anticipating any disruptions resulting from the checks, nor have early results turned up any new issues.
Europe’s Airlines May Face Unwanted MAX Capacity Influx Next Year 
Some airlines may try to use the Boeing 737 MAX grounding to cancel orders because circumstances changed unrelated to the aircraft itself.
Lufthansa To Evenly Split A380 Fleet With Munich Additions 
Lufthansa will base two additional Airbus A380s at its Munich hub from 2020.
Emirates Fleet Changes Trigger Dubai Hub Transformation 
As Emirates focuses on smaller widebodies, Dubai airport wants the airline’s flights to be spread out more evenly throughout the day.
Recaro Aims For Return To Business Class Seating Segment 
Recaro Aircraft Seating has set a new strategic target to become the dominant player in business class seats now that it is firmly established as the leading seat provider in the economy class market.
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