Jens Flottau

Jens Flottau
Managing Editor, Commercial Aviation,
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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.

Pratt Expects Most PW1100G Issues To Be Resolved By April 
Pratt & Whitney expects software upgrades to fix most of the Airbus A320neo’s PW-1100G current operational problems by April.
Norwegian Resumes Strong Growth 
After a short period of some consolidation, Norwegian is entering a phase of strong growth as a result of expanded long-haul flying.
Boeing ‘Near’ Launch Decision On Midsize Aircraft 
Boeing appears to be nearing a decision about a new aircraft that would potentially fill the gap between the Boeing 737 MAX and 787.
Commentary: Delta’s Leadership Transition Maintains the Status Quo  3
Aerospace sector greets lifting of sanction on Iran with interest and with orders; Delta’s change at the top will strengthen Anderson’s position.
Ryanair Opens Two Bases In Germany 
Ryanair is opening to more bases in Germany, making good on its plans to significantly increase its market share in Europe’s largest economy.
Airbus A321neo Flies For The First Time 
The Airbus A321neo completed its first flight on Feb. 9, reaching another milestone in the roll-out of the manufacturer’s new single-aisle family.
ATR Sees Iran Turboprop Market In Excess Of 100 Aircraft 
ATR thinks Iran could be a market for more than 100 turboprops in the next 10 years, CEO Patrick de Castelbajac believes.
A321neo Success Key Factor In Airbus Market Share Advantage  3
The success of the A321neo has given Airbus a substantial lead in the competition with the Boeing 737 MAX. How will Boeing react?
Will There Be A Glut Of Next-Generation Narrowbodies? 
The market has yet to determine which updated narrowbody—the Boeing 737MAX or the Airbus A320neo—will dominate, but some analysts have begun to say that the industry could face a glut of narrowbodies and the huge orderbooks may not come to fruition.
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Airbus, Boeing Vie For Narrowbody Dominance 
Airbus has benefited from the nine-month head start its A320neo program has over Boeing’s 737 MAX, grabbing 67% of orders for next-generation narrowbodies—but Boeing says the order gap is only temporary.
Middle Eastern Airlines Beat North American Peers On International Traffic 
Middle Eastern airlines are now carrying more international traffic than North American carriers, according to figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Air Baltic Gets Capital Boost 
The Latvian government and investor Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes signed a final agreement to increase Air Baltic’s capital by €132 million ($147.8 million).
Qatar and Alisarda Sign Preliminary Partnership Agreement 
Qatar Airways has signed a preliminary agreement with Alisarda, the holding company that controls Italy’s second-largest airline, Meridiana.
Aviation Authority Aims To Expand Ireland's Leasing Market Share 
The seeds for a successful aircraft leasing paradigm were sown early in Ireland’s aviation past and continue to bear fruit.
Aer Lingus Considers Airbus A321LR, A330neo For Transatlantic Growth  2
Aer Lingus sees great potential in growing its transatlantic network. Being part of International Airlines Group gives it better access to traffic feed and funding for additional aircraft.
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