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.

Podcast: How Do We Keep Pilots From Crashing Planes? 1
Aviation has become technically safer and safer. Is it now time to address the pilot as a safety concern?
Airlines Changing Cockpit Procedures After Germanwings Crash 
Norwegian Air was the first carrier to publicly announce the move via a March 26 statement, and many others, including EasyJet, Air Berlin, Germania, Air Baltic, and Icelandair quickly followed.
Opinion: Air Transport Needs Better Dispute Settlement Process 

The world of air transport has experienced two major disputes that have led to fierce discussions bordering on open hostility, serious threats and tensions that have not been easy to overcome. First the European Commission (EC) tried to impose its view of how aviation should tackle the increase of CO2 emissions on the rest of the industry and was stopped only at the last minute when it became clear a trade war would be unavoidable. Then European and U.S. airlines launched a massive anti-Gulf carrier campaign.

Finmeccanica Reassesses ATR And SuperJet Investments 
CEO Mauro Moretti is grappling with the Italian group’s debt in a bid to restore Finmeccanica to profitability by the end of this decade.
Germanwings Crash Spurs Debate About Cockpit Procedures 26
Investigators of downed Germanwings find that the first officer “deliberately crashed” the Airbus A320 into the side of a mountain; debates about psychological oversight of pilots and cockpit access are already beginning.
Germanwings Crash Due To Deliberate Pilot Action, French Prosecutor Says 6
Authorities believe the first officer was alone on the flight deck, alive, and likely not incapacitated during the flight’s fatal descent.
Investigators Hopeful Of Quick CVR Analysis In Germanwings Probe 2
BEA is one important step closer to analyzing the aircraft’s March 24 accident sequence, after having recovered the Airbus A320’s cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
Investigators Reach Germanwings Crash Scene In French Alps 
French Investigators reached the scene of the Germanwings Airbus A320 accident late in the afternoon local time and have recovered one of the aircraft’s two recorders.
Germanwings A320 Crashes In France 1
The aircraft, registered as D-AIPX, was delivered new to Lufthansa in February 1991.
Lufthansa, Pilots Head For Next Showdown
With its pilots ramping up strike actions, Lufthansa’s management is close to defining a response tailored to show the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots union that the company is determined to stand firm.
France, Germany Protest Gulf Carrier Encroachment 12
European governments ponder new antisubsidy initiatives against Gulf carriers as Emirates and Etihad Airways lobby their cases in Washington.
Etihad’s Hogan Defends Abu Dhabi Support
According to Hogan, the carrier has always made clear that it received equity investment and shareholder loans. Those have been “supplemented” by $10.5 billion in loans from international institutions, Hogan told listeners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aviation summit in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Lufthansa Pilots Strike Again As Talks Fail 
VC announced that it will stage a strike affecting all Lufthansa short- and medium-haul flights on March 18. The union said that Lufthansa needs to understand it is insisting on the contents of the current collective bargaining agreement and is not prepared to agree to cost cuts or efficiency measures.
Opinion: The Playing Field Has Always Been Uneven 22
U.S. airlines are prepared to spend many millions in their effort to find a regulatory way to stop Gulf carriers.
Lufthansa Shrinks Legacy Operation As Talks With Unions Continue 
The airline plans to operate the summer schedule of its legacy unit—which includes Lufthansa and Germanwings-branded flights—with 395 aircraft, a reduction of five aircraft.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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