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.

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Airbus, Boeing Vie For Narrowbody Dominance 
Airbus has benefited from the nine-month head start its A320neo program has over Boeing’s 737 MAX, grabbing 67% of orders for next-generation narrowbodies—but Boeing says the order gap is only temporary.
Middle Eastern Airlines Beat North American Peers On International Traffic 
Middle Eastern airlines are now carrying more international traffic than North American carriers, according to figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Air Baltic Gets Capital Boost 
The Latvian government and investor Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes signed a final agreement to increase Air Baltic’s capital by €132 million ($147.8 million).
Qatar and Alisarda Sign Preliminary Partnership Agreement 
Qatar Airways has signed a preliminary agreement with Alisarda, the holding company that controls Italy’s second-largest airline, Meridiana.
Aviation Authority Aims To Expand Ireland's Leasing Market Share 
The seeds for a successful aircraft leasing paradigm were sown early in Ireland’s aviation past and continue to bear fruit.
Aer Lingus Considers Airbus A321LR, A330neo For Transatlantic Growth  2
Aer Lingus sees great potential in growing its transatlantic network. Being part of International Airlines Group gives it better access to traffic feed and funding for additional aircraft.
Podcast: Has the A380 Turned The Corner? 2
Aviation Week editors discuss Iran’s A380 orders, the first flight of the 737 MAX, the A320neo’s quiet service entry and whether Airbus and Boeing are disconnected from economic reality.
Lufthansa Nears Eurowings Expansion Decisions  1

Lufthansa is moving closer toward integrating Brussels Airlines into the Eurowings Group as the low-cost affiliate works to set up management structures.

Iran Air Orders Up To 40 ATR Turboprops 

Iran Air continues to place large aircraft orders, signing a commitment for up to 40 ATR turboprops.

The contract, currently a memorandum of understanding, covers firm commitments for 20 ATR 72-600s, plus 20 options.

Iran: A Goldmine For Commercial Aircraft Manufacturers?  116
Iran promises to order hundreds of commercial aircraft, and Western industry officials evaluate market prospects, but major obstacles remain.
Airbus, Operators Improving A350 Dispatch Reliability Two Years Into Service 
While major disruptions have been avoided during the A350’s first year in service, Airbus and airlines continue to put a lot of effort into improving dispatch reliability.
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A380s Among 118 Airbus Orders From Iran Air 
After decades of sanctions-related inactivity, Iran has returned to the world aircraft market with a large order for Airbus jets.
Opinion: A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX Gain From Past High Fuel Costs  1
As the success of the A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX demonstrates, perfect timing is important for new aircraft programs.
Aer Lingus Considers Airbus A321LR And A330neo Aircraft 
Aer Lingus is preparing to make key decisions about the composition of its future long-haul fleet this year.
Airbus Targets 98.5% A350 Dispatch Reliability Two Years Into Service  35
While major disruptions have been avoided during the A350’s first year in service, Airbus and airlines continue to put a lot of effort into improving dispatch reliability.
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