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.

Lufthansa Moves Toward Brussels Airlines Takeover 
European airline consolidation has been relatively minor compared to the U.S., and Lufthansa’s move to take on Brussels Airlines is a typical “tiny step.”
Emirates Buys Pair Of Undelivered Skymark A380s  12
Emirates has ordered two more Airbus A380s, which will increase its total orders for the model to 142.
Lufthansa Nearing Full Control Of Affiliate Brussels Airlines 
Lufthansa is close to taking full control of its Belgian affiliate Brussels Airlines, according to industry sources.
Airbus Finds Taker After Air Austral Drops A380 Order  2
French leisure carrier Air Austral has dropped an order for two Airbus A380s, but the aircraft manufacturer gained a firm commitment for the aircraft from an undisclosed customer.
Cheap Oil Boosts Business Case For Older Aircraft  5
Airlines are retaining some aircraft types longer thanks to the drop in oil prices that make this a financially viable decision.
Lower Fuel Costs Boost Case For Flying Older Aircraft 
The fleet strategies of many airlines are beginning to be influenced by sustained low oil prices, as flying older aircraft for longer becomes more economically viable.
Airport Delays, Politics Linked To Possible Etihad Deferrals 
Fast-growing Etihad Airways is expected to defer deliveries of a number of Boeing 787-9s and Airbus A350s in 2016 and 2017, according to sources familiar with the orders.
BEA Report Has The Right Perspective About Germanwings  3
Report on 2015 Germanwings crash from French safety investigator BEA makes important points and avoids overreaction.
Intro Sells CityJet To Group Led By Founder Byrne 
After fewer than two years in control, German airline investor Intro Aviation has sold its entire shareholding in regional carrier CityJet.
Explosions At Brussels Airport Labeled Terrorist Attacks 
The two explosions in Brussels Airport (BRU) on the morning of March 22 and the explosion in a subway station near the EU institutions were the work of terrorists, Belgian officials said.
Terrorists, Suicide Bombing Blamed For Explosions At BRU 
The two explosions within Brussels Airport (BRU) on the morning of March 22 and the blast in a subway station near EU buildings were the work of terrorists, Belgian officials said.
The Return Of Ultra-Long-Haul Flights  11
Airlines have attempted ultra-long-haul flying in the past, but more capable aircraft coupled with a reduction in fuel prices make this go-round seem more achievable.
Ultra-Long-Haul: Who’s Flying Where? 24
A growing number of airlines are introducing ultra-long-haul services, taking advantage of lower fuel prices and new long-range aircraft.
Flydubai Boeing 737 Crashes In Russia, Killing All 62 On Board 16
A Flydubai Boeing 737-800 crashed on Saturday morning in Rostov-on-Don, Russia after a second approach in severe rain and gusting winds.
Air Berlin Drops A Route, Gets Extension Of Codesharing 
Only weeks after having won a long legal battle over codesharing services with Etihad, Air Berlin dropped one of the key affected routes for commercial reasons.

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