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.

Commentary: Tougher Times Ahead For U.S. Airlines  5
U.S. major airlines benefited greatly from depressed fuel prices and offshoots of consolidation, but the boon times appear to be near an end.
Air Berlin Plans Hong Kong Flights 
Air Berlin will launch a new Berlin-Hong Kong service, company sources said.
Wideroe Places Embraer E2 Order 
Norway's Wideroe has placed an order for up to 15 Embraer E2 jets, in a bet that it can fill large regional jets while sticking to its niche airline model.
Iran Air Kicks Off Aircraft Replacement And Growth Cycle  1
After years restricted by Western sanctions, Iran Air is looking to finally expand its fleet, and Airbus is the first beneficiary.
AerCap Expects Widebody Aircraft Deferrals  10
AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly believes that airlines will continue to defer widebody aircraft deliveries, but his view of the market remains fundamentally positive.
Laderman: Domestic Turnaround Key For United 
United Airlines senior executive Gerry Laderman believes the airline “need[s] to get back into the game domestically” to catch up with legacy peers Delta Air Lines and American Airlines in terms of financial performance.
Flynas Orders 80 A320neos
Saudi LCC Flynas has placed a major order for Airbus A320neos, laying the basis for significant growth in the coming years.
Wideroe Places Order For 15 Embraer E2 Regional Jets 
Norwegian regional airline Wideroe has placed an order for up to 15 Embraer E2 jets in a bet that it can fill large regional jets while sticking to its niche airline model.
Airbus Sticks To Delivery Targets Despite Weaker Orders  1
The manufacturer believes it can get through the order downturn because its backlog is so large and it has increased production only slowly in the past.
Brussels Airlines Wet-Leases CityJet Superjets  1
Brussels Airlines agreed to wet-lease three Sukhoi Superjet 100s from CityJet, starting this spring.
Airbus Considers More Range, Higher Weights For A330neo 
Airbus does not aim at moving the A330-900 range up to 787-9 levels, as it offers the A350-900 for longer range segments, but it does see the need to provide operators with the option to fly somewhat longer sectors.
Iran Air's first Airbus A321 arrives Jan. 11 in Toulouse.
Iran Air Details Strategic Outlook After Delivery of First Airbus A321  22
Iran Air sees significant geographic advantages for a hub airport in Teheran, Iran, compared with three Persian Gulf carriers’ hubs, but warns infrastructure delays will likely mean connecting traffic can only be developed slowly.
Airbus Will Increase Production Despite Order Decline 

TOULOUSE – Airbus is sticking to its plans to ramp up production despite the recent slowdown of aircraft orders, the manufacturer insisted at its annual press conference here.

Alitalia Prepares Cutback Plans For Unions 
Financially struggling Alitalia is preparing to inform its labor unions about proposed further job cuts later this week, a move that is almost certain to create further disruptions and conflict.
Lufthansa Launches Broadband On Short-Haul Flights 
Lufthansa Group plans to equip all 227 narrowbody aircraft in the fleets of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings with broadband internet access within the next 15 months.
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