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.

Air Berlin Seeks ‘New Partnerships’ In Turnaround Bid 

FRANKFURT—Air Berlin is on the lookout for “new partnerships and cooperations” as the airline tries to speed up its restructuring process.

The airline, 29.2% owned by Etihad Airways, will be seeking these partnerships “in the coming weeks and months,” according to new CEO Thomas Winkelmann. While he did not specify the exact form they could take, partnership in the context of the ongoing Air Berlin crisis almost certainly can be translated into equity investment.

Amid Alitalia Woes, Europe Could Still Use Fewer Airline Players 
Alitalia’s prolonged battle shows little progress in European airline consolidation.
Opinion: Etihad Airways’ European Investments In Trouble  1
Alitalia, Air Berlin cases show investor money alone won’t save airlines—viable strategies are needed.
Airbus Continues To Struggle With Ramp-Ups 
Ramping up production of the all-important A320neo and A350 programs continues to be a major challenge for Airbus, which is also working to sort out in-service issues with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.
How Swiss Repaired A Boeing 777-300ER In Arctic Conditions  27
An inflight engine shutdown and flight diversion led to a huge logistical effort to fly out passengers and crew in a replacement aircraft and repair the 777 in harsh conditions.
Swiss 777 Repair In Iqaluit Shows Plans Are Important, But So Is Luck  31
Swiss emergency procedures get a workout in Northern Canada.
Dubai Aerospace Buys Aircraft Lessor AWAS 
The rapid consolidation of the aircraft leasing sector is continuing with the acquisition of AWAS by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
Kamark Is New CEO Of Etihad Partner Organization 
Etihad Airways named Robin Kamark the new CEO of its airline equity partners organization, succeeding former Air France executive Bruno Matheu.
Air France Anticipates 2018 Narrowbody Aircraft Decision  18
Air France operates an all-A320 family narrowbody aircraft fleet. A part of it is aging and needs to be replaced fairly soon.
Airbus Delivers First A321neo To Virgin America 
The airline, now owned by Alaska Air Group, took over the aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg.
Large European Players Note Air Cargo Recovery 
Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Cargo have been in restructuring mode for several years and are now beginning to experience an upturn.
Emirates Cuts U.S. Network, Citing U.S. Security Policies 
Emirates is making significant cuts to its U.S. network from May, saying demand has dropped following the recent U.S. electronics ban and the enaction of temporary restrictions on travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries.
Podcast: Will The Airbus A380 Ever Make A Profit? 33
Is adding more seats really going to revive flagging sales for the world’s largest passenger aircraft? Or is the A380 already too large? Listen in as our editors discuss.
Air Berlin Airbus A330-200.
Air Berlin Delays Long-Haul Route Launch 
The airline blames its new ground-handling agent AeroGround for the decision.
Opinion: UA3411 Fiasco Weighs On United’s Recovery Efforts  284
United Airlines’ response to a social media backlash from forcefully removing a passenger from an overbooked flight was weak.
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