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's Restructuring Is Widened
The talks are being led by investor Etihad Airways, sources familiar with Air Berlin say.
Opinion: Airlines Sending Clear Signals About A380's Future  160
Singapore Airlines’ return of its first A380 is terrible news for Airbus and the funds that own the aircraft.
Lufthansa Makes New Offer To Pilots' Union 
Lufthansa has made a new offer to its pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit, with hopes that it will settle a longstanding dispute over labor contract provisions.
Airbus Group Plans More Centralized Structure 
Airbus Group appears to be putting the finishing touches on a major restructuring program that is aimed at making Europe’s largest aerospace firm more cost-effective and centralized.
Lufthansa, Air China Finalize Joint Venture 
Lufthansa and Air China agreed to set up a joint venture covering routes between China and Germany on Sept. 20.
Air France Confirms Long-Haul Low-Cost Plans 
Air France is preparing its entry into the long-haul low-cost market, following a similar move made by Lufthansa earlier this year.
Lufthansa Pilot Talks End Without Success 
German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said talks with Lufthansa over pension reform, productivity measures and the new low-cost unit Eurowings have ended unsuccessfully.
Singapore Airlines Decision Deepens A380 Crisis  2
Singapore Airlines is not extending the lease for its first Airbus A380, another blow for the manufacturer and the struggling program.
Singapore Airlines Won’t Extend First Airbus A380 Lease  116
The decision is a major blow for Airbus, which has been desperately trying to promote the aircraft.
Eurowings Opens Palma Base 
The airline will initially base two Airbus A320s at the Spanish airport. From there, it will serve several destinations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
Norwegian’s Transatlantic Moves Inspire Other Carriers 
More and more European low-cost carriers are looking into long-haul flying, following the path of Norwegian, Jetstar and Air Asia X.
Lufthansa Closes In On Etihad, Air Berlin Deal 
Lufthansa and Etihad Airways are now in advanced stages of negotiations in a wide-ranging deal that includes a large Air Berlin wet-lease agreement and codesharing between the two rival carriers, several industry sources told Aviation Daily.
Systems Awareness, Complexity Focus Of Emirates Accident Investigation  5
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority report on Emirates 521 raises questions about the risks of automation behaving differently in certain modes.
Kirby’s Move To United May Benefit Many Involved, But Not All  1
Scott Kirby’s appointment at United Airlines also sheds light on difficulties CEO Oscar Munoz has faced finding acceptance among shareholders.
Kjos, Mogensen Predict Transatlantic Fragmentation 
“It will break up the smaller hubs in Europe,” Kjos said at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London. “You will see the same damage as on short-haul.”

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