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.

Articles
Report: Germany Knew About Ukraine Risks Before MH17 
According to an analysis published April 27 by a group of investigative reporters, the federal government received two separate warnings from its own diplomats and intelligence-service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) after a Ukrainian military transport aircraft was shot down while flying at high altitude over Eastern Ukraine on July 14.
IAG Joins European Low-Fare Airline Association 
ELFAA represents the interest of LCCs including Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian and IAG-subsidiary Vueling. Iberia and BA are the first two legacy airlines to join it.
Air Berlin Makes Major Management Changes 
The airline—burdened by large losses over several years as well as negative equity—on April 24 announced the departure of Chief Commercial Officer Goetz Ahmelmann.
Air Berlin Follows IAG In Exiting AEA 
Citing differences over policy regarding competition with Gulf carriers, Air Berlin follows IAG carriers British Airways and Iberia in leaving the AEA
Airbus Fails To Secure A330 Regional Orders, Looks At Cabin Upgrade 3
The transition from the current Airbus A330 to the A330neo was never going to be easy.
China’s Attention Shifts From A330 To Newer And Larger Widebodies 
FRANKFURT and BEIJING—Airbus’s chances of securing a large order from China for current-version A330 have become very small, according to industry sources, aggravating the manufacturer’s problems to fill production holes through the transition to the A330neo.
Stronger U.S. Dollar Having Mixed Impacts On Industry
Recent strengthening of the U.S. dollar has varied consequences for U.S. and European airlines and airframers
Air Berlin, Like IAG, Terminates AEA Membership In Policy Row 
“We see no future in a protectionist aviation policy in Europe,” Air Berlin CEO Stefan Pichler said. “The liberalization of bilateral agreements will promote further consolidation and new innovative business models, thereby benefiting all passengers."
Drukair Pilots’ Routine Life Is The Extraordinary 4
Surrounding high mountains, strong winds and limited navigational aids give pilots flying into Bhutan’s Paro Airport little margin for error.
Bhutan’s Drukair Uses A319s To Provide Vital Air Service 
Despite the challenges of high-altitude operations, limited traffic and new competition, Bhutan’s Drukair plans expansion.
Drukair Bets On Enhanced A319 Performance For Operations Into Paro 
The airline took delivery of the aircraft, its third owned A319, last month. The Sharklet-equipped aircraft will replace a leased A319 that will be returned to the lessor in July. In addition to the four A319s, Drukair currently flies one ATR 42-500.
Airbus Looks To More Seats To Aid Revenue-Conscious Carriers 
When Airbus launched the A380 15 years ago the focus was on luxury, but times have changed; the thrust is decidedly more proletarian now.
Iberia And BA Leave AEA In Clash Over Gulf Carriers 3
In the worst clash so far among European airlines over how to deal with the Persian Gulf carriers, Iberia and BA left industry-lobby group Association of European Airlines at the end of March.
Airbus Broadens Cabin-Efficiency Drive 
The introduction of new aft galley and lavatory layouts (space flex) has been a key in allowing Airbus to add another row of seats on the A320. As part of the re-arrangement, the rear galley is reduced in size to accommodate either 2 1/2 to four food and beverage trolleys, compared to the standard seven.
Airbus Offering 11-Abreast A380 Seating From 2017 33
Airbus has decided to formally offer an 11-abreast economy configuration in the Airbus A380, despite Emirates Airline's decision not to further pursue that arrangement.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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