Jens Flottau

Executive Editor, Commercial Aviation

Frankfurt, Germany


Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Jens is executive editor and leads Aviation Week Network’s global team of journalists covering commercial aviation.

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: End Of The Line For Boeing’s 747

Jan 26, 2023
Listen in as Aviation Week editors reflect on the 747's beginning and its legacy. 
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Daily Memo: Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Project Gets A Reality Check

By Jens Flottau Jan 26, 2023
The apparent departure of Tony Douglas from new Saudi airline RIA reminds us how hard it is to set up a new super-connector, even when funding is not the issue.
Airlines & Lessors

Airbus To Hire 13,000 New Employees In 2023

By Jens Flottau Jan 26, 2023
Airbus intends to hire another 13,000 new employees in 2023, roughly the same number the company added in 2022.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain