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 Loses U.S. Partner 
The move is understood to be linked to American Airlines' fight against Gulf carriers (Air Berlin is 29.2% owned by Etihad Airways).
Opinion: Why ICAO’s Emissions Deal Will Not Make A Difference  21
ICAO’s Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation will let airlines grow without being penalized for the environmental damage they cause.
TUI Discusses TUIfly Sale Alternatives With Employees 
TUI Group and TUIfly employee representatives have started talks about alternatives to the proposed sale of the leisure carrier, which would raise questions over the planned Air Berlin breakup.
Airbus Sticks To A350 Target 
Airbus chief salesman John Leahy said he “would be surprised if we did not reach our goal” to deliver at least 50 A350s in 2016, but admitted it is a “stretched target.”
Sweden, Norway Sell Down Stakes In SAS 
The governments of Norway and Sweden have started the process of fully privatizing SAS Scandinavian Airlines, the largest European airline that still is majority state-owned.
Podcast: Is ICAO’s Landmark Emissions Plan a Joke? 16
Will global agreements to limit CO2 emissions force airlines to push for breakthrough technologies?
Air France Weaknesses ‘More Penalizing’ Than Expected 
Weeks before the presentation of his new strategy for Air France-KLM, new CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac warned the difficulties are more painful than he expected.
Avolon’s CIT Takeover Speeds Up Leasing Industry Consolidation 
New deals are creating bigger combinations in the leasing world, which provides about half of the aircraft industry’s orders.
Air France-KLM’s New CEO Hones Restructuring Plan 
Three months after becoming CEO of troubled Air-France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac prepares to release the cornerstone of his strategy to turn the airline around.
Juneyao Airlines Becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner 
The Star Alliance is expanding its connecting partner program to include Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines.
Avolon Buys CIT To Create World’s Third-Largest Lessor 
After months of negotiations, fast-growing aircraft lessor Avolon agreed Oct. 6 to buy CIT Aerospace in a deal worth $10 billion.
Fastjet’s Failure Is Missed Opportunity For African Air Transport  27
Ongoing problems of once-promising low-cost carrier Fastjet have much to do with the difficult operating environment for airlines in Africa.
TUIfly Cancels All Oct. 7 Flights 
German leisure carrier TUIfly has cancelled all of its Oct. 7 flights because of an unprecedented wave of short-notice sick leaves filed by pilots and cabin crew.
Etihad, TUI Confirm Talks On New Leisure Airline 
TUI Group and Etihad Airways confirmed on Oct. 5 that they are in negotiations about setting up a new leisure airline, but provided few specifics about the venture.
TUI And Etihad To Own New Austria-Based Leisure Carrier 
TUI Group’s board plans to decide the combination of leisure carrier TUIfly with Air Berlin’s Austrian unit Niki at its next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 26.

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