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.

Opinion: Brexit, Protectionism Could Undermine Many Air Transport Gains  7
Post-Brexit, legacy airlines such as Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and the big three U.S. carriers may believe rolling back the clock would help them. It won’t.
Etihad Sells Darwin Airline Stake To Adria 
Etihad Airways continues to retrench from its European investments, selling its stake in Darwin Airline to Adria Airways.
Ryanair Shows Interest In Boeing 737-10 
The airline has already placed a firm order for 110 737 MAX 200s. It plans to operate them in a 197-seat configuration.
AerCap CEO Discusses State Of Widebody Market 
AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly believes the current split of the narrowbody aircraft market in favor of Airbus may be permanent.
Airlines Say Quick EU/UK Aviation Agreement Needed Ahead Of Brexit 
With completion of Brexit 20 months away, airlines and regulators scramble to resolve multiple legal entanglements created by the UK’s decision to exit the EU.
Multiple Factors Behind Slow Pace Of U.S. Widebody Orders  9
U.S. legacy carriers are delaying orders for new widebody aircraft, mulling the Boeing NMA and other options.
EasyJet Creates Third Austrian AOC To Deal With Brexit 
The structure will “enable EasyJet to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the UK has left the EU,” the company said.
Delta Takes First A350 In Slow U.S. Widebody Market  44

FRANKFURT—Delta Air Lines on July 13 took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, the first of the model to be delivered to a North American customer.

Although Delta is now starting to renew its widebody fleet, the U.S. market has so far been slow for three of the latest widebody programs—the A350, the Boeing 787 and the Boeing 777X.

London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.
O’Leary Sees Prospect Of ‘No Flights Between UK and EU’  2
Airlines and regulators are quickly running out of time to find answers for the multiple legal questions raised by Brexit, industry officials warned at a European Parliament hearing in Brussels.
Eurowings Opens Second Long-Haul Base 
Eurowings will base three Airbus A330-200s, which currently reside at Cologne Bonn Airport, in Munich.
Enders Consolidates Power As Airbus Integrates  7
Following the Airbus group reorganization, Tom Enders effectively has his old job back, while keeping his overall responsibilities as group CEO.
Frankfurt Airport To Open Low-Cost Terminal 
The facility will be able to handle up to 6 million passengers a year, said Stefan Schulte, CEO of airport operator Fraport.
Qatar Airways Cancels Four A350-900 Orders 
Qatar Airways has made the first cancellations to its large Airbus A350 orders, as Airbus continues to struggle with significant delivery delays.
Frode Foss Resigns At Norwegian 
The decision sent shares down by almost 10%, reflecting investors’ concerns over the move.
Electronics Ban Ends For Emirates And Turkish Airlines 
Qatar Airways is the last of the four big carriers in the Middle East that still falls under the U.S. electronics ban.
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