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.

Airbus Says A330neo Development On Track 
Airbus is going through some high-profile issues when it comes to introducing the A350 and A320neo, but the A330neo is progressing more quietly and, so far, without the major problems that have kept Airbus in the news.
Embraer Promotes Slattery To Commercial CEO 

FRANKFURT—Embraer has named John Slattery as the new president and CEO of its commercial aircraft division.                                                                       

HNA Group Expects To Be Biggest Airbus, Boeing Customer  3
The fast-growing Chinese conglomerate has aspirations to be the 800-pound gorilla in the aircraft leasing business.
Embraer CEO Sees Potential For Subsidy Case Against Bombardier  21
In his first interview since announcing his retirement as Embraer CEO, Fred Curado discusses how Embraer has changed, current challenges and the looming trade dispute with Bombardier.
Brexit Result, Defense And Debuts Lead 2016 Farnborough Buzz  8
The premier British airshow may be more sedate than usual this year, with defense highlighted ahead of commercial endeavors.
How Curado Left His Mark On Embraer 
Fred Curado’s legacy at Embraer is one of sustainable development rather than radical and daring moves. His successor Paulo Cesar Silva now has to oversee the entry into service of two key programs: The E2 jets and the KC-390 military transport.
Airbus Shifts A350-1000 First Flight, Delivery Schedule 
FRANKFURT—Airbus is making subtle changes to the schedule for the Airbus A350-1000. Airbus said the delay of the A350-1000 is limited to “a matter of a few weeks.”
Can Russia’s MS-21 Crack The Airbus-Boeing Duopoly?  59
The MS-21 looks promising, but breaking into Western markets where large installed Boeing and Airbus fleets prevail could prove insurmountable.
Lufthansa Group CFO Menne Leaves In Surprise Move 

FRANKFURT—Lufthansa Group is going through another round of leadership changes, after CFO Simone Menne announced her departure.                                                                       

Russia's UAC Rolls Out MS-21Narrowbody Jet 1
The first Irkut MC-21 prototype was presented with much fanfare at the official roll-out ceremony in Irkutsk, Russia, on June 8.
Is Europe’s Open Skies Policy Really Firmly On Track? 
Like the Qatari government, officials of the United Arab Emirates have not yet formally told the European Commission they will engage in EU-level open skies negotiations.
Avianca Opening Doors For Potential Investors 
Bogota-based Avianca Holdings seeks possible foreign partners, bringing a potentially huge opportunity for Delta Air Lines and a big risk for United Airlines.
Lufthansa’s Lack Of Interest In SAS Shows European M&A Dilemma  2
European airlines agree that consolidation is the way to go. But there is a disconnect between statements and action: Few deals have actually taken place, and airlines are finding it hard to attract investors.
Lessons Learned The Hard Way For Airbus  46
This was supposed to be a pivotal year for Airbus. But the carefully scripted ramp-ups have been blown off course by suppliers, whose late deliveries have left nearly complete airplanes missing everything from engines to bathroom doors.
Airline Executives Check Out Bombardier CS100  4
As Bombardier prepares to deliver the first CS100 by the end of June, the manufacturer invited Star Alliance member CEOs aboard the C Series for a flight from Dublin to Zurich. See photos.

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