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.

Condor Expects Return To Profitability In 2017 
German leisure carrier Condor initiated a €40 million ($45 million) cost-saving program targeted at making the airline profitable again this year.
Despite High Output, Airbus Commercial Takes Profit Hit
Airbus expects to triple the number of Airbus A320neo-family deliveries in 2017, Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Bregier said.
Boeing Considers Next Midmarket Moves As Airbus Watches  65
In a giant game of aviation chess, the pieces that will determine the battle for the middle-of-the-market sector next decade are already in play.
What Type Of LCC Alliances Will Work In Europe?  4
While significant ongoing structural changes in the industry cannot be denied, broad alliances among European low-cost carriers will not likely be a major theme, except in specific circumstances.
Brexit Notwithstanding, Norwegian Accelerates Growth 
Norwegian plans to accelerate its capacity growth in 2017 based on its higher profits, despite pressures resulting from the UK’s June vote to leave the EU and other factors.
Lufthansa And Union Accept Mediation, But Conflict Looms 
Lufthansa and its pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit have agreed to a mediation proposal that settles a dispute over wages—but longstanding broader issues remain unresolved.
Wizz Air Adds Frankfurt As Transavia Closes Munich Base 
Wizz Air is starting its first two routes from Frankfurt airport later this year, representing a further challenge to Lufthansa’s main hub.
FACC Promotes Interim CEO
Austrian composites specialist FACC has named Robert Machtlinger as its new CEO.
Emirates Considers Three Options For Aircraft Order 

FRANKFURT—Emirates Airline is considering a major deviation from its existing business model, as the carrier is considering ordering narrowbody aircraft.

The company’s President Tim Clark told CNN that he has three different proposals in front of him: a narrowbody aircraft order; a mixed order for some number of narrowbody and twin-aisle aircraft; and a pure widebody aircraft order. No decision will be made within the next 18 months, Clark said.

Air France Rearranges CDG Banks 
Air France has added one bank at its Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport hub to make operations at its largest base more efficient.
Podcast: New Turboprops vs. Used Regional Jets 12
Has “jetmania” returned as cheaper, used regional jets flood the market? Can they compete with new, more-efficient turboprops? Listen in as our editors discuss.
O’Leary Pushes Legacy Feeder Idea 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said feeder arrangements between low-cost carriers and legacy airlines will be commonplace in Europe in five years.
EC Stresses ‘Rule Of Law’ In NUK Battle 
The European Commission will “continue to fight” for the approval of Norwegian Air UK’s operating license in the U.S., as it insists on regulation defined as part of the EU-U.S. open skies agreement.
Aircraft MSN065 rolls out of the workshop.
Third Airbus A350-1000 Flies; Older Prototypes Retired 
The third Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft made its first flight Feb. 7 as Airbus moves the largest A350 type towards entry into service later this year.
Economic Environment, Geopolitics Burden Gulf Carriers  3
The “big three” Gulf carriers, which were growing so fast a short time ago, are facing a reversal due to weakening oil economies and adverse political trends.
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