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.

Air Berlin Hopes To Restore Profitability By 2016 
New leadership is in place at Air Berlin, where hopes are high that CEO Stefan Pichler will be able to guide the airline back to profitability after years of decline.
Emirates To Raise Subsidy Counterclaims Against U.S. Airlines 
Emirates Airline President Tim Clark says he will use upcoming meetings with U.S. government officials to raise numerous examples of how U.S. airlines have benefited from government support in his response to claims about the subsidization of Gulf carriers.
Equity, Not Subsidy, Says Qatar CEO Al Baker 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has refuted claims made by U.S. airlines that Gulf carriers are heavily subsidized.
Ryanair Opens Berlin Base 
Ryanair is opening a base in Berlin, and the move demonstrates where it will focus much of its attention over the next few years: Europe’s biggest economy, Germany.
Qatar Airways Seeks Stakes In More Airlines 
Qatar Airways plans to buy stakes in other airlines following its recent investment in International Airlines Group (IAG), according to CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Emirates Would Order Up To 200 A380neos 61
Emirates would order up to 200 Airbus A380neos if Airbus decided to launch the updated version of the aircraft, its top executive says.
Lufthansa Sees 2017 Profits For Eurowings 
Lufthansa expects its new Eurowings low-cost platform to become profitable in 2017 at the latest.
Germany Clears Air Berlin-Etihad Codesharing For Summer 
Germany’s civil aviation authority Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA) has approved codesharing services between Air Berlin and partner Etihad Airways for the upcoming summer period.
Opinion: ICAO’s MH370 Response Misses Core Issue 11
The disappearance of flight MH370 shocked the globe, but regulator and industry response a year later fails to address key issues that would improve flight safety.
Airbus Studies A320 Rates Above 60; Lowers A330 Output 
Airbus is studying A320-family production rates in excess of 60 aircraft per month, as the company continues to see strong demand for the type.
Airbus Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week 11
Qatar Airways still plans to begin scheduled services on the Frankfurt route on March 1, despite the aircraft only being delivered by Airbus this week.
Drop In Oil Prices Means An Airline Profitability Boost Now, But... 3
From hedging strategies to equipment choices to routes and capacity, the implications of current fuel prices are not as straightforward as one might think.
Lufthansa Proposes Legacy Growth Plan In Return For Staff Concessions
Lufthansa is planning to expand its core connecting and long-haul business, but only if it gets concessions from unions.
Report: Poor Work Conditions For Many European LCC Crew 
An in-depth study underscores the worsening work conditions for LCC crewmembers, especially pilots, in Europe.
Lufthansa Offers Mainline Growth For Concessions 
The two major airlines in Continental Europe face an uphill battle as they struggle to regain profitability. First up will be persuading employees to agree to more concessions.
Mar 5, 2015

GE’s Failed Play For Honeywell (2001)

Industry consolidation may well be coming, but there will probably not be a repeat of the Darwinian spectacle that occurred between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s....More
Mar 4, 2015

1957: Broken Arrow 26

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 4

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac 1

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More

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