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.

IATA Sees Soft Landing For Air-Transport Industry Cycle 

IATA expects a significant reduction in airline net profits in 2017, as the industry incurs higher operating costs and sees slower growth than expected.

Norwegian Accelerates Long-haul Expansion After U.S. Ruling 
Following a two-year application process and a heated debate, NAI’s foreign air carrier permit is finally approved by the U.S. Transportation Department.
Etihad Injects More Funds Into Ailing Air Berlin 
Etihad is paying €300 million ($322 million) for a stake in Niki. Air Berlin held 49.8% of Niki, while a 50.2% stake remained with the Niki Privatstiftung, an Austria-based foundation ensuring ownership and control limits are met.
Air France Changing Senior Managers, Corporate Structure 
Air France’s new CEO, Franck Terner, is planning sweeping changes to the management structure, in an effort to speed up a turnaround for the struggling airline.
Lufthansa’s Pilots Are Their Own Worst Enemies  80
If the German legacy carrier’s pilots don’t compromise on wages or other issues, they may be putting the Lufthansa Group in danger.
A350-1000 Starts Flight Tests As Airbus Considers Further Stretch  2
Airbus aims at short A350-1000 flight test program and considers larger family member.
Royal Air Maroc Finalizes New Strategic Plan 
Royal Air Maroc is in the final stages of assembling a new, long-term business plan that could see Qatar Airways become a minority shareholder.
Qatar CEO: Low Oil Price And Protectionism Threaten Airlines 
The low price of oil and a possible wave of protectionism are the biggest threats to airlines in the Arab world and elsewhere, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker believes.
Lufthansa Faces More Strikes As Pilots Insist On Pay Increase 
Lufthansa is facing another week of severe flight disruptions as its pilot union continues a campaign for large pay raises.
In Pictures: First Flight of the Airbus A350-1000  12
The Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft made its first flight on Nov. 24, marking the start of a test campaign that will use three test aircraft and is expected to last less than one year.
Airbus A350-1000 First Flight Marks New Chapter For Program 28
First flight of the Airbus A350-1000 on Nov. 24 marks the start of a flight test campaign and certification process that should be done before the end of 2017.
A350-1000 Successful First Flight Marks New Chapter For Program  1
The first derivative model of the program reached an altitude of 25,000 ft. on the flight from Toulouse. First delivery should take place by the end of 2017.
Etihad Indirectly Confirms Talks About Niki Stake
Etihad Aviation Group has indirectly confirmed for the first time that it is in the process of acquiring a stake in Air Berlin’s leisure business—a move that further illustrates the dramatic financial position of its German affiliate.
Lufthansa Cancels Almost 900 Flights 
The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union called a full-day strike after a longstanding dispute over pay, and the creation of the Eurowings low-cost arm, continues to get worse.
Etihad Looking At More Help For Air Berlin, Alitalia 
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier plans to take a direct stake in Niki, Air Berlin’s Austrian subsidiary, ahead of a broader transaction involving German leisure group TUI, industry sources say.
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