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.

Boeing 787s Key For ANA’s Long-Haul Expansion  28
ANA has been diligently expanding its network to the point where it is now Japan's largest international carrier. And it has big plans that heavily rely on one aircraft: the Boeing 787.
Learning About Quicker Evacuation From Emirates Flight 521  48
As videos posted on social media immediately after the Emirates Flight 521 landing accident show, many of the passengers were in no particular hurry to leave an airplane on fire.
Podcast: Get Out! The Passenger Evacuation Problem 28
Our editors discuss what the industry can do to prevent bag-toting passengers from becoming a risk to themselves and those around them during an emergency evacuation.
Air Berlin Operating Loss Quadruples In Second Quarter 
Air Berlin’s second-quarter operating loss quadrupled, adding to the pressure to find new sources of funding soon.
Sun Express Reallocates Capacity Away From Turkey 
Sun Express is reallocating capacity away from its home market in Turkey to mitigate the negative effects of terrorist attacks and the July attempted coup.
Air Berlin Introduces Short-Haul Business Class 
Etihad Airways affiliate Air Berlin is introducing a business-class cabin on its European and domestic network that further aligns its product with its premium strategy.
Emirates Airline Suffers First-Ever Hull Loss In Dubai Crash 41
Emirates Airline suffered its first-ever hull loss accident Aug. 3 when a Boeing 777-300 crash-landed at Dubai’s International Airport.
Lufthansa: Shrinking Cargo Division Will Be Unavoidable 
Lufthansa Cargo is preparing further cuts to its fleet because of its much-deteriorated performance in the first half of 2016.
IndiGo Considers Slowing A320neo Deliveries 
IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh said the airline is considering slowing the delivery of Airbus A320neos “to allow Pratt & Whitney to catch up with the production and deliveries” of engines.
Austrian Airlines To Focus On Operational Stability 
Austrian Airlines CEO Kay Kratky said pricing pressure on the carrier’s North Atlantic routes is “extreme."
Singapore Airlines Weighs Returning Early A380s As Leases Expire  11
Keeping the early aircraft would bring its A380 fleet to 24 aircraft in the next few years, a risky bet with current pressure on its European network yields.
Boeing’s 747 Struggles Indicate Large-Aircraft Market Decline  87
After a long and successful run, changing airline operations and new-generation aircraft are likely to spell the end for 747 production.
IAG: Lower Profit Growth, Fleet Planning Flexibility 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has become the latest European airline company to revise its profit forecast downwards, as it feels the effect of slowing demand and strong currency fluctuations.
Podcast: Very Large Jets on Life Support
Our editors discuss why demand for Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s has slowed to a trickle, and explain how new narrowbody airplanes could shake up the trans-Atlantic airline market.
Mitsubishi Aims For MRJ Credibility, ARJ21 Enters Indonesia  1
Mitsubishi watches past issues in MRJ intro, while Comac struggles for any sales.

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