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 France Anticipates 2018 Narrowbody Aircraft Decision  11
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? 32
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.
Flight 3411 Shows United Has A Long Way To Go 
The violent removal of a passenger from United Express Flight 3411—amply displayed and commented on in various social media channels and, later, the general media—is still a disastrous event for United.
New Shareholder For Air Baltic As Montag-Girmes Exits 
Air Baltic’s minority shareholder Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes has sold his 20% stake in the Riga-based airline to Danish entrepreneur Lars Thuesen.
New Shareholder For Air Baltic As Montag-Girmes Exits 
Air Baltic’s minority shareholder Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes has sold his 20% stake in the Riga-based airline to Danish entrepreneur Lars Thuesen.
American, Lufthansa Strengthen Ties With Chinese Airlines 
The promise of China’s expanding market has international carriers, including American, Delta and Lufthansa, forging codeshares with key Chinese airlines.
Fleet Renewal On Lufthansa Cargo’s Ramp 
Lufthansa Cargo is looking at ordering more Boeing 777Fs to eventually replace its fleet of MD-11s.
EC Takes Tough Stance As Airlines Try To Contain Brexit Damage  7
The UK’s aviation industry had hoped for special priority in EC-UK negotiations around Brexit, but that’s not happening.
Lufthansa, Cathay To Codeshare; JV Possible
Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific signed a partnership agreement that could lead to a joint venture in the medium term.
Airlines Praise Airbus A320neo Performance, But Engine Issues Remain  37
Operators are impressed by the fuel savings achieved a year after entering service. But the PW1100G engine is still causing problems, and fixes are pending.
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