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.

Articles
Germany Is Against More Traffic Rights For Gulf Carriers 
“There will be no additional landing rights until the problems linked to the subsidies matter are solved and a level playing field for competition is established,” Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s aerospace industry coordinator and state secretary, said.
Virgin Atlantic Returns To Profit 
The carrier, now 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, has turned a £51 million ($76 million) pre-tax loss in 2013 into a £14.4 million profit last year on a pre-tax and pre-exceptionals basis.
Has The Pace Of Airline Consolidation Slowed? 
The lack of airline consolidation in Europe is fairly remarkable given that, unlike elsewhere in the world, a large part of the industry is actually up for sale.
Lufthansa Proposes Germanwings Guarantees 
Industry sources told Aviation Daily that Lufthansa is offering to keep at least 59 aircraft in the Germanwings fleet by 2020.
Qatar, Emirates Say Expansion Won’t Be Faster With Cheaper Oil 
Both carriers enjoy a particularly strong windfall profit: Emirates has no oil-price hedging in place and therefore has seen an immediate benefit from the recent fall in prices.
Air Berlin Hopes To Restore Profitability By 2016 
New leadership is in place at Air Berlin, where hopes are high that CEO Stefan Pichler will be able to guide the airline back to profitability after years of decline.
Emirates To Raise Subsidy Counterclaims Against U.S. Airlines 
Emirates Airline President Tim Clark says he will use upcoming meetings with U.S. government officials to raise numerous examples of how U.S. airlines have benefited from government support in his response to claims about the subsidization of Gulf carriers.
Equity, Not Subsidy, Says Qatar CEO Al Baker 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has refuted claims made by U.S. airlines that Gulf carriers are heavily subsidized.
Ryanair
Ryanair Opens Berlin Base 
Ryanair is opening a base in Berlin, and the move demonstrates where it will focus much of its attention over the next few years: Europe’s biggest economy, Germany.
Qatar Airways Seeks Stakes In More Airlines 
Qatar Airways plans to buy stakes in other airlines following its recent investment in International Airlines Group (IAG), according to CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Emirates Would Order Up To 200 A380neos 71
Emirates would order up to 200 Airbus A380neos if Airbus decided to launch the updated version of the aircraft, its top executive says.
Lufthansa Sees 2017 Profits For Eurowings 
Lufthansa expects its new Eurowings low-cost platform to become profitable in 2017 at the latest.
Germany Clears Air Berlin-Etihad Codesharing For Summer 
Germany’s civil aviation authority Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA) has approved codesharing services between Air Berlin and partner Etihad Airways for the upcoming summer period.
Opinion: ICAO’s MH370 Response Misses Core Issue 12
The disappearance of flight MH370 shocked the globe, but regulator and industry response a year later fails to address key issues that would improve flight safety.
Airbus Studies A320 Rates Above 60; Lowers A330 Output 
Airbus is studying A320-family production rates in excess of 60 aircraft per month, as the company continues to see strong demand for the type.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 3

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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