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 Pilot Talks End Without Success 
German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said talks with Lufthansa over pension reform, productivity measures and the new low-cost unit Eurowings have ended unsuccessfully.
Singapore Airlines Decision Deepens A380 Crisis  2
Singapore Airlines is not extending the lease for its first Airbus A380, another blow for the manufacturer and the struggling program.
Singapore Airlines Won’t Extend First Airbus A380 Lease  116
The decision is a major blow for Airbus, which has been desperately trying to promote the aircraft.
Eurowings Opens Palma Base 
The airline will initially base two Airbus A320s at the Spanish airport. From there, it will serve several destinations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
Norwegian’s Transatlantic Moves Inspire Other Carriers 
More and more European low-cost carriers are looking into long-haul flying, following the path of Norwegian, Jetstar and Air Asia X.
Lufthansa Closes In On Etihad, Air Berlin Deal 
Lufthansa and Etihad Airways are now in advanced stages of negotiations in a wide-ranging deal that includes a large Air Berlin wet-lease agreement and codesharing between the two rival carriers, several industry sources told Aviation Daily.
Systems Awareness, Complexity Focus Of Emirates Accident Investigation  5
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority report on Emirates 521 raises questions about the risks of automation behaving differently in certain modes.
Kirby’s Move To United May Benefit Many Involved, But Not All  1
Scott Kirby’s appointment at United Airlines also sheds light on difficulties CEO Oscar Munoz has faced finding acceptance among shareholders.
Kjos, Mogensen Predict Transatlantic Fragmentation 
“It will break up the smaller hubs in Europe,” Kjos said at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London. “You will see the same damage as on short-haul.”
Easyjet Says Brexit Has No Lasting Effect 
Easyjet is pressing the UK government and the European Commission to speed up negotiations about a new aviation agreement that would regulate the European air transport market following the country’s vote to leave the EU (Brexit).
Clark: Emirates Needs To Change The Way It Operates 
Emirates Airline President Tim Clark says the carrier needs to change the way it operates to get back up to the kind of profit margins it used to enjoy.
Emirates Confirms Mueller Appointment 
The appointment at Emirates opens up the opportunity for Mueller, 54, to ultimately replace airline President Tim Clark, 66.
Air Berlin Names New Chief Financial Officer 
Air Berlin has named Dimitri Courtelis its CFO, effective Sept. 15.
Confusion Over Power Setting Key Factor In Emirates Crash  42
The Aug. 3 crash landing of Emirates Flight 521 at Dubai International Airport appears to have been caused by the late application of takeoff power in an attempted go-around, according to the sequence of events detailed in the preliminary accident report.
Kirby’s Move To United Could Benefit Many, Including American  1
Scott Kirby’s defection to United Airlines will strengthen one of American’s biggest rivals. But American may benefit from the move, too.

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