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.

Operators Exploit New Boeing 737 Range As MAX Deliveries Accelerate  1
With about 140 Boeing 737-8/-9s delivered to almost 30 operators since its commercial debut 13 months ago, the 737 MAX is quickly setting an industry record for the fastest introduction ever of a new jet transport.
New Airbus Narrowbody Line Is Blueprint For Future Production System  6
Faced with size constraints at its production facilities, Airbus rethinks the way it manufacturers aircraft.
Airbus Charts Bold Recovery Plan From A320neo Engine Delays 
The aircraft-maker’s strategy to continue production ahead of delayed engine deliveries is a heavy financial burden.
Podcast: Airbus’ Industrial Crisis
One hundred A320neos can’t be delivered because they don’t have engines. Aviation Week editors discuss.
New Airbus A320 FAL Introduces Technology Advances 
Airbus believes it has defined the blueprint for future new production lines and developed technology it can also apply to its legacy production systems now that it has opened the fourth A320/A320neo family final assembly line (FAL) in Hamburg.
Qantas Sets Ambitious Goals For Ultra-Long-Haul Aircraft 
Airline discusses long-range requirements with manufacturers as industry trend for ultra-long-haul flights gathers momentum.
Airbus Extends A350-1000‘s Range  1
Airbus is offering a higher maximum take-off weight (MTOW) version of the A350-1000, adding significant range capabilities.
Gender Equality In Industry’s Own Best Interest  1
Women are rarely found in air transport leadership positions, and IATA has finally recognized this problem. Now it needs to follow up with action.
Airlines’ Formula For Protecting Profits: Higher Fares  1
Airlines are faced with much higher costs than they anticipated. They can counteract that through higher revenues and fares—they hope.
Airbus Stresses Commonality Targets With C Series  2
Making the Bombardier C Series and the Airbus A320neo family “an integrated family of aircraft” is “a key strategic objective" of the new partnership between the two manufacturers in the program, Airbus Group CFO Harald Wilhelm said.
Airbus Will Take Majority Control Of Bombardier C Series On July 1  4
Deal reduces the number of Western commercial jet manufacturers from four to three.
Airbus Looks Beyond ‘Industrial Crisis’ After Parking 100 A320neos  1
Airbus’ strategy to continue production ahead of delayed engine deliveries is a heavy financial burden for the company.
Podcast: Tougher Times Ahead For Airlines?
IATA revised downward its profit forecast for this year as fuel and labor costs rise. The industry has to be careful to protect its margins, but not everything is under its own control.
Dr. Peters Group To Part Out Two Ex-SIA A380s  7
The leasing firm has given up hope that it can sell two former Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s and plans to part them out.
New Aircraft Could Make Ultra-Long-Haul Routes Viable  11
New-generation widebodies are prompting some airlines to seek out potential new city pairs that can be served nonstop with flight times of 17 hr. or longer.
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