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.

Articles
Podcast: Looking Ahead to the Paris Air Show 2015
Although the industry is in good financial shape, both commercial and military aviation are challenged with steep production ramp ups.
Program Execution, Ramp-Up Trump New-Order Talk Ahead Of Paris Air Show 3
Few fireworks are expected at Paris this year, but retrenching and refocusing of products will be highlighted in all arenas—commercial, defense, space and technology.
IAG Acquisition Of Aer Lingus Moving Forward 
IAG is now close to acquiring Aer Lingus, but Ryanair still must accept an offer for its 30% stake.
Embraer Sees E2 ‘100% On Time’ As First Aircraft Is Assembled 
Industry officials with insight into the C919 program think that a 2018 first delivery will be challenging.
Enders: Digital Transformation Is Next Big Airbus Group Project  1
Airbus Group CEO talks with Aviation Week about his company’s future and revisits some triumphs and travails of the past.
Embraer's Curado Upbeat Ahead Of E2 Phase-In 
Embraer’s CEO is optimistic about prospects for the E2 commercial jet family, but has concerns about Brazil’s defense budget cuts and what they may mean for the KC-390 program.
Brégier: Airbus Needs More Time For A380neo Decision, Favors Further A320-Rate Increases 
Nonetheless, Brégier points out that he has “no reason to believe it will be a poor air show” for Airbus in terms of orders.
Airbus Halts A320neo Flying Over PW-1100G Component Issue  1
Airbus Executive Vice President-Programs Didier Evrard says a clip holding seals inside the engine needs to be replaced.
Airbus Looking At Steep A320-Production Increase 
Airbus is currently at rate 42 per month for the A320 family as it transitions from the A320ceo to the A320neo versions beginning at the end of the year.
Future Of Aer Lingus Hinges On Ryanair Stake Sale Decision 
IAG formally launched its offer to acquire Aer Lingus for €2.55 ($2.77) per share after the Irish government officially stated that it is happy with the guarantees IAG management has given in terms of routes and job security.
Podcast: Top Performing Airlines of 2015
Who are the top performing airlines of 2015? Based on our study, it may not be the size of the company, but how well the business is run.
Opinion: TPA Study Confirms That Focus And Execution Trump Size 
Airline industry differentiation in the past decade means a carrier that manages to stick to one strategy or particular niche, whatever it is and however large or small it is, has a greater chance of success.
Winning Bid For TAP Seems Imminent 
For a decade and a half, TAP Portugal has been on and off the block, but the state-owned airline is now due to be sold to private bidders within weeks.
How Strong Will Business Aviation Recovery Be?  1
The bizav sector is confident in upper-market segment growth, but small jets are still suffering.
A400M Crash Affects Program’s Schedule 
Airbus’s A400M airlifter program has faced some recent setbacks, not least of which is the May 9 crash of a production aircraft on its first flight.
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