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.

Articles
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.
Opinion: ICAO’s MH370 Response Misses Core Issue 
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 Prepares Handover Of Second A350 This Week 10
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.
Lufthansa To Cut Back Embraer Fleet, Move Some To Austrian
According to company sources, the airline will phase out most of the 34 Embraer 190s and 195s currently operated by its regional subsidiary, Lufthansa CityLine.
Greece Stops Airport Privatization 
The country’s new left-wing government has pledged to scrutinize privatization projects across all industries as it tries to break up earlier agreements between Greece and other European governments that, it claims, are unbearable financially and socially.
Air Berlin Names New Chief Financial Officer 
Schwierholz, 45, will take up the new position on April 1, succeeding Ulf Huettmeyer.
Boeing Sees No Business Case For 757 MAX 24
Despite interest from a few carriers and lessors, Boeing is still skeptical that launching a new version of the 757 would be justified by market demand.
Air India Restructuring Focuses On Continued Fleet Renewal
Air India faces myriad challenges as it tries to regroup, not least of which is the creation of two more airlines operating on the domestic market.
Protectionism Won’t Work Against New Competition 23
Chief executives of major airlines in Europe and the U.S. have requested their respective governments ensure fair competition and limit Gulf carriers’ air service—but are such moves the right approach?
Podcast: Is The Pilot Shortage For Real? 8
Our editors discuss the global pilot shortage and why the solution is not as simple as paying American regional pilots more.
 
Blogs
Mar 1, 2015
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U. S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

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
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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
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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
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 15

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More

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