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.

Iran Air Orders Up To 40 ATR Turboprops 

Iran Air continues to place large aircraft orders, signing a commitment for up to 40 ATR turboprops.

The contract, currently a memorandum of understanding, covers firm commitments for 20 ATR 72-600s, plus 20 options.

Iran: A Goldmine For Commercial Aircraft Manufacturers?  116
Iran promises to order hundreds of commercial aircraft, and Western industry officials evaluate market prospects, but major obstacles remain.
Airbus, Operators Improving A350 Dispatch Reliability Two Years Into Service 
While major disruptions have been avoided during the A350’s first year in service, Airbus and airlines continue to put a lot of effort into improving dispatch reliability.
Airbus A380
A380s Among 118 Airbus Orders From Iran Air 
After decades of sanctions-related inactivity, Iran has returned to the world aircraft market with a large order for Airbus jets.
Opinion: A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX Gain From Past High Fuel Costs  1
As the success of the A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX demonstrates, perfect timing is important for new aircraft programs.
Aer Lingus Considers Airbus A321LR And A330neo Aircraft 
Aer Lingus is preparing to make key decisions about the composition of its future long-haul fleet this year.
Airbus Targets 98.5% A350 Dispatch Reliability Two Years Into Service  35
While major disruptions have been avoided during the A350’s first year in service, Airbus and airlines continue to put a lot of effort into improving dispatch reliability.
Lufthansa and UFO Reach Breakthrough In Pay Talks 
Lufthansa and its cabin crew union UFO have agreed to a new pay deal and the basics of a new pension strategy.
Europe’s Pledge To Boost Aviation Sector Meets With Skepticism 
European airlines set up new trade association as European Commission highlights new aviation push.
Airbus A320neo
Lufthansa Expects Lower Unit Costs With Airbus A320neo  17
Lufthansa believes it can operate the Airbus A320neo at 23% lower unit costs than the current A320s.
EC Promises Aviation Support, But Airlines Highlight Past Mistakes 
European Union Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc promised quick action to support European airlines and improve their competitiveness at the EU Aviation Summit, but industry representatives were highly critical of Brussels’ past initiatives.
Fabrice Bregier Casten Sphor David Hess Lufthansa Airbus A320neo
Airbus Delivers First A320neo To Lufthansa  16
Lufthansa has accepted delivery as launch customer of Airbus's highly anticipated A320neo narrowbody.
Europe’s Large Airlines Aim To Cooperate in A4E 
The five largest European airlines have established Airlines for Europe (A4E) as the airline industry’s latest and most-powerful lobbying group ahead of the EU Aviation Summit in Amsterdam on Thursday, Jan 21.
Airbus A350 XWB
AerCap Considers Airbus Production Rates To Be Unrealistic  22
AerCap, the world’s biggest aircraft lessor, has doubts about Airbus plans to increase single-aisle production to 60 aircraft per month.
Podcast: Who Led in Orders and Deliveries in 2015? 
The final numbers for orders and deliveries are out for 2015. Who is the leader, Airbus or Boeing? And why? Join Jens Flottau, Guy Norris and Graham Warwick as they discuss, compare and look at the impact of these figures.
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