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.

Air Berlin Delays Sale Decision 
Air Berlin will delay making a final decision about which bids to accept for all or part of the bankrupt company until Sept. 25, four days later than previously planned.
Branson’s Airline Cut-Back Shows Industry’s Structural Change  3
Richard Branson’s sale of 31% of his Virgin Atlantic stake is a sign of the times in commercial aviation.
Opinion: Regulatory Reform in European Air Transport Tested To Limit  1
It is too easy to find the wiggle room in much of the regulations that govern Europe’s airline sector. Tighter rules should be enacted to keep the playing field level for all carriers.
Bombardier C Series
Podcast: Boeing Versus Bombardier 15
Aviation Week editors delve into the C Series price dumping battle and opine on whether there is a better way for the industry to settle its differences
Niki Lauda at a 1999 industry event in Bangkok.
Lauda Reveals Joint Air Berlin Bid With Condor 
Former Formula One racing driver Niki Lauda is joining forces with German leisure airline Condor to buy parts of Air Berlin.
Air Berlin Warns Of Possible Liquidation 
Following a devastating sick-out staged by around 200 pilots, Air Berlin said Sept. 12 that it may have to stop flying if crews do not return to work very soon.
Ryanair Boeing 737.
Ryanair Adds To Frankfurt Base 
Ryanair is significantly expanding its Frankfurt airport base for the 2018 summer timetable.
Air Berlin Airbus A330.
Air Berlin Curtails Long-Haul Flying 
Air Berlin has been forced to cut most of its long-haul flying after lessor AerCap’s decision to take back 10 Airbus A330s.
Pegasus Accelerates Transition To A320neos From 737-800s 
Turkish LCC Pegasus is accelerating some Airbus A320neo deliveries so it can phase out part of its Boeing 737-800 fleet faster.
SpiceJet Explores Aircraft For Long-Haul Low-Cost Flying 
Indian airline SpiceJet has started discussions with aircraft manufacturers about what models would suit a long-haul, low-cost operation.
Emirates’ Twin Widebody Order ‘Off The Table For Now’  94
A planned order for either the Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 is “off the table for now,” Emirates President Tim Clark told Aviation Week.
First Tranche Of Air Berlin’s €150 Million Bridge Loan Due 
Air Berlin expects to receive the first installment of a €150 million ($179 million) bridge loan from the German government later this week, following its recent approval by the European Commission.
Boeing, Airbus Betting On 777X, A350 Variants To Meet Qantas Challenge  9
Boeing and Airbus working to meet Qantas challenge to develop an aircraft to fly Sydney-London nonstop
BLADE, Europe’s Laminar Testbed, To Fly in September  25
A340 MSN001, modified to be the Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator for Europe (BLADE), will soon begin a flight-test campaign to show that laminar flow can reduce fuel burn.
Lufthansa, Condor, EasyJet Consider Bids For Air Berlin Assets 
Air Berlin may be sold off in bits or as a whole, with several carriers positioning themselves for advantage in the German market.
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