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.

Early Boeing 787 Operators Apply Fixes To Improve Reliability  12
A typical Boeing 787 user is LAN Airlines of Chile, which experienced early service issues but is now using the twin jet on a wide range of routes and enjoying improved dispatch reliability.
UFO Calls Off Lufthansa Strike 
German cabin crew union UFO no longer plans to go on strike at Lufthansa later this week, following a successful last-minute attempt by management to restart negotiations.
Austrian Sells Fokker Fleet to Alliance Aviation 
Austrian Airlines sold its entire fleet of Fokker 70s and 100s to Australian ad-hoc charter carrier Alliance Aviation.
Lufthansa May Avoid Next UFO Strike 
Lufthansa and its cabin crew union UFO have entered into talks that may lead the union to call off another round of strikes later this week.
Airbus A320neo Receives Type Certification 
The Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered version of the Airbus A320neo has received joint type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA.
HNA Group Buys Large Stake In Azul 
HNA Group—the largest private airline group in China—is broadening its international footprint with a significant equity investment in Brazilian carrier Azul.
Record Low Dubai Airshow Orders Show Rational Behavior 
Fleet plans have already been made for most carriers, both for short-haul and long-haul services, and Airbus and Boeing order books are full for the next eight years. Anything but some kind of pause would be both unusual and unhealthy.
Lufthansa Tries To Resume Union Talks 
The move comes almost a week after cabin crew union UFO ended an eight-day strike that forced the airline to cancel around 4,500 flights affecting 550,000 passengers.
KLM Re-Fleeting Resumes With 787-9 Introduction 
Initially deployed on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain route, the aircraft is the first of 25 Boeing 787s that the airline—a unit of the Air France-KLM Group—plans to phase in. KLM recently decided to take six larger 787-10s and 19 -9s.
Easyjet Orders More A320s 
Easyjet has placed a follow-up order for 36 Airbus A320s, as the airline managed to significantly improve profitability in its latest financial year.
Russia Says Metrojet Airbus A321 Brought Down By Bomb 
Weeks before Egypt is expected to deliver the preliminary report into the crash of a Metrojet Airbus A321 over the Sinai Peninsula, Russian officials say they have found traces of explosives in the wreckage.
Vueling’s Cruz Accelerating Change At British Airways  2
British Airways and other legacy carriers are increasingly tapping the expertise of low-cost carrier executives to increase efficiency.
Lufthansa Strike Ends With New Threats 
Lufthansa’s flight attendant union UFO has ended a week-long strike at the airline, but not without threats that it might stage more strikes soon.
Emirates Awaits Airbus Decision On A380neo 
Airbus makes clear at the Dubai Airshow that it plans to build the new A380 version and possibly a larger A350 variant.
Airbus To Resume A330neo Sales Campaigns 
Airbus is resuming active sales campaigns for the Airbus A330neo, now that the remaining production slots for the current version have been sold.

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