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.

Superjet Faces Western Airline Pushback, But Aeroflot Wants More SSJs 
With poor spares availability, Interjet wants to reduce its Superjet fleet, and Brussels Airlines is looking for wet-lease alternatives.
Schulz Departure Adds To Complex Airbus Leadership Turnover  1
Airbus promotes company veteran Christian Scherer to the key post of sales chief, following Eric Schulz’s unexpected resignation.
Scherer Replaces Schulz As Airbus Chief Commercial Officer 
Airbus is facing more leadership turmoil after CCO Eric Schulz resigned Sept. 13 after just nine months in the role.
Vibration Issue Shakes Pratt-powered A320neo Fleet  2
Some operators of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered A320neos are facing a new snag—unusually high engine vibration in the climb phase. Pratt indicated a fix may be identified by year-end.
Norwegian Drops Singapore Flight, Slowing Asia Expansion 
Norwegian plans to drop its only service to Southeast Asia early next year in what will be a major hit for the airline’s ambitious plans to expand its Asian traffic.
Norwegian May Drop Orders, While JetBlue Mulls Transatlantic Move 
Low-cost carriers have grown rapidly across the Atlantic, but not without some financial pain involved.
Ryanair Threatens Cuts To German Bases If Strikes Continue 
Ryanair said Sept. 11 it would consider reducing operations at bases in Germany should strikes initiated by pilot and cabin crew unions continue.
Economic ‘Triple Whammy’ Hits Emirates, Says Its Chief 
Emirates is dealing with a “triple whammy” in the form of weakness of many emerging economies, a strong dollar and higher fuel prices as it evaluates capacity growth for 2019, said the airline’s president, Tim Clark.
Icelandic LCC WOW Air Plans To Go Public Within Two Years 
Rapidly expanding Icelandic LCC WOW Air is preparing to go public within 18-24 months, the airline’s CEO and founder Skuli Mogensen told delegates at the Aviation Festival in London.
JetBlue Sees Boston-London As A Promising Opportunity 
The competitive response of the three major transatlantic airline joint ventures “has to be taken into account” as JetBlue Airways ponders whether to launch flights to Europe, CEO Robin Hayes told an audience at the Aviation Festival in London on Sept. 6.
A320neo Engine Vibration Issue Hits Lufthansa Ops  7
A newly emerging issue around increased engine vibrations is severely affecting utilization of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered Airbus A320neo in-service fleet and threatens to slow the airframer’s recovery from delivery delays, several industry sources told Aviation Week.
Norwegian Sticking To Plan, To Sell Most Of A320neo Order 
Norwegian will stick to its strategy of selling up to 140 aircraft, the airline wrote in an investor presentation Sept. 4, confirming plans for large-scale asset disposals.
Why Airbus And Boeing Should Review Air Show Announcements  4
Orders revealed at the Farnborough Airshow have raised questions about their actual status. The lack of clarity is damaging, not least for the manufacturers.
Spohr Admits Responsibility For Germany’s Travel Chaos 
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said his airline group accepts “a large share” of responsibility for the disruptions in German air traffic this summer.
European Air Travel Becomes More Dysfunctional 
European air transport is currently at the edge. In June, 49% of all flights were delayed on arrival, according to data released by Eurocontrol.
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