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.

Airlines Praise Airbus A320neo Performance, But Engine Issues Remain  4
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.
Who Is Operating The Airbus A320neo? 
Twenty airlines around the world are operating the first 88 A320neos that Airbus has delivered to date.
Electronics Ban: Ultimately Everyone Will Lose  89
The questionable logic that banning laptops from some aircraft cabins makes flying more secure could actually jeopardize passenger safety.
Podcast: Electronics Ban Could Cost Gulf Carriers 6
Aviation Week editors discuss whether the electronics ban will actually accomplish its security goals and how the new rules could cost the Persian Gulf airlines business traffic.
Electronics Bans Could Shift Traffic From Gulf Carriers 
The ban on inflight use of large electronics announced this week by the U.S. and UK could have a chilling effect on the business travel over Middle East hubs, and could shift lucrative traffic to European carriers, analysts said.
UK Airlines, EU Officials Discuss Brexit Plans 
UK-based airlines have been meeting EU officials to discuss the steps they may need to take to continue to fly European routes after the UK officially begins the process of leaving the EU.
Lufthansa’s Breakthrough Pilot Deal Highlights European Troubles  1
Lufthansa did not get everything it wanted in its labor agreement with pilots, but it did address many key issues.
IAG Picks Initial Routes For Long-Haul LCC 
International Airlines Group’s new long-haul low-cost carrier Level will start operations with four routes from Barcelona in June.
New Midsize Airplane Will Define Boeing's Technology Roadmap  124
Boeing’s task is to develop an A300/310 done right, a technologically up-to-date yet affordable 757/767 hybrid. Easily done? Absolutely not. Impossible? Absolutely not.
Bypassing Frankfurt, Lufthansa Plans More Long-Haul Services 
Lufthansa plans to de-emphasize the importance of its main hub in Frankfurt, and to expand long-haul capacity from smaller bases, as it takes delivery of more Airbus A350s.
Austria's FACC Plans Strong Growth Via New Products, Acquisitions 
After a prolonged fiduciary scandal and transition in leadership, Austrian composites specialist FACC hopes it is now back to business as usual.
Lufthansa, Pilot Union Reach Breakthrough 
After years of conflict and a total of 29 strike days, Lufthansa and its pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit appear to have finally reached an agreement that solves all contentious issues.
Lufthansa Threatens Fee Cuts In Airport Dispute 
Lufthansa plans to pay only about half the regular passenger fees on routes it will operate in direct competition with Ryanair, according to company sources.
Turkish Airlines Revises Fleet Plan After 2016 Loss 
Turkish Airlines is slowing down its planned capacity growth further over the next five years, as the airline struggles to cope with the fallout of Turkey’s strained political relations.
Customers Press Boeing To Launch New Midsize Widebody Aircraft Soon  98
Under pressure from airlines and lessors, Boeing moves toward development of new midsize widebody, but important questions remain unresolved.
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