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 Threatens Fee Cuts In Airport Dispute 
Lufthansa plans to pay only about half the regular passenger fees on routes it will operate in direct competition with Ryanair, according to company sources.
Turkish Airlines Revises Fleet Plan After 2016 Loss 
Turkish Airlines is slowing down its planned capacity growth further over the next five years, as the airline struggles to cope with the fallout of Turkey’s strained political relations.
Customers Press Boeing To Launch New Midsize Widebody Aircraft Soon  98
Under pressure from airlines and lessors, Boeing moves toward development of new midsize widebody, but important questions remain unresolved.
Emirates Considers Boeing’s Midsize Aircraft ‘A Winner’ 
The first Boeing 777-300ER will leave the fleet this year. But the arrival of more Airbus A380s and new -300ERs will ensure that the carrier still grows at 7–8% per year.
Bypassing Indigo, Qatar Airways Plans Indian Airline 
The operation will be purely domestic, as India’s bilateral air service agreements would preclude a foreign-owned airline from flying routes between India and third countries.
Boeing 737-9 rollout in Renton, Washington.
Boeing Pressured To Launch Midsize Aircraft 
Airlines and lessors have one message for the manufacturer: Get on with it.
Qatar Airways Sticks To Growth Plans 
In spite of the ongoing weakness of key oil economies, Qatar Airways does not expect to cut back on its planned capacity growth, according to Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker.
Airbus, Pratt Scramble To Fix A320neo In-Service Issues  15
The two manufacturers are trying to quickly eliminate root causes of a rash of engine replacements in the A320neo fleets of IndiGo and Go Air.
PW1100G Issues Spur Airbus, Indian Aviation Authority Action 

FRANKFURT—Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are trying to tackle the root causes for an unusually high number of engine replacements in the Airbus A320neo fleets operating with Indian airlines Indigo and Go Air.

Aer Lingus Takes A321LRs Amid Transatlantic Push 
Aer Lingus has agreed on long-term leases for seven Airbus A321LRs with Aer Lease Corp.
A320neo And Boeing 737 MAX Spur Market Shifts  42
The aircraft’s additional payload/range capabilities are enabling some airlines to expand into new markets.
Bombardier C Series Service Entry Wins 2017 Civil Aviation Laureate 10
Bombardier’s Rob Dewar is the winner of the 2017 Civil Aviation Laureate, for his work on the C Series.
Parker Warns Gulf Competition Could Make Hubs ‘Fall Apart’ 
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker believes Gulf carriers opening new routes from countries outside their own home bases to the U.S. poses an “enormous threat” to U.S. airlines.
Air Berlin Makes Senior Management Appointments 
Air Berlin has named Goetz Ahmelmann as its new chief commercial officer, replacing Julio Rodriguez after fewer than two years on the job.
Airbus Makes Senior Management Changes 
Airbus Commercial Aircraft has appointed Jean-Brice Dumont as its new head of engineering, following the decision by Charles Champion to retire at the end of 2017.
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