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.

Five Questions For Bombardier Aircraft’s Commercial Sales Chief 
Bombardier exec talks about C Series plans with Airbus and his take on a potential Boeing-Embraer tie-up.
Are Europe’s Airlines Overstretching Themselves?  6
After a good 2017, major European airlines are planning capacity increases­—but are they biting off more than they can chew?
AerLingus Airbus A320s
IAG’s Rapid Capacity Expansion Plan Makes Investors Wary 
Encouraged by much-improved results across all of its airline units and a robust unit revenue performance, International Airlines Group (IAG) plans to expand capacity significantly in 2018. But investors are expressing concern about the plan.
Level Airbus A320
Level Beats Expectations; Fleet Decision Next 
International Airlines Group (IAG) is reviewing the future fleet composition of its new long-haul LCC Level now that the airline has produced encouraging results in its first seven months of flying.
Pratt Fast-Tracks GTF Fix 
Airbus CEO Tom Enders says the latest issue means “more work, stress and strain and more disruptions for our customers.”
Embraer CEO: ‘I Fully Support’ Deal With Boeing 
Embraer CEO Paulo Cesar Silva expects his company and Boeing to find a set-up for the planned combination of the businesses “in the next weeks.”
Opinion: Airframers Should Watch Where They Squeeze Suppliers  4
Suppliers may need more time than Airbus and Boeing might like to build up capabilities for higher production rates.
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Investigators: Pitot Tubes’ Heating System Off On Fatal An-148 Flight 

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) is preparing safety recommendations on Antonov An-148 pitot tubes aimed at preventing future accidents similar to the Feb. 11 Saratov Airlines crash near Moscow.

Power Troubles Hinder Airbus Production Buildup Plan  1
Deliveries of A320neo-family aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines have been halted after a recent spate of in-service problems.
Ryanair Introduces More Connecting Services 
FRANKFURT—Ryanair is allowing connections on 27 additional routes through its bases in Bergamo and Rome-Fiumicino, Italy.
Airbus Studies Higher A320neo Build Rate 
Airbus is in the middle of advanced studies to raise single-aisle production to 70 aircraft per month, and is also looking at increasing output of the A350.
Airbus Expects Pratt’s GTF Fix To Be Ready In April 
Airbus CEO Tom Enders said he is reasonably confident that Pratt & Whitney can find a quick resolution for the latest technical glitch on its PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engine powering A320neo-family aircraft.
Airbus GTF-Powered A320neo Deliveries Awaiting Pratt Fix 
The company said it can no longer deliver new GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft to customers until Pratt’s fix has been approved and implemented.
Airbus Stops Taking PW1100G Engines  28
Airbus has decided to stop accepting additional Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines after a series of inflight shutdowns and aborted take-offs were reported its A320neo family airliners.
Pratt-powered Airbus A320neo
EASA Warns Of Potential GTF-Powered A320neo Safety Issue 
A Pratt & Whitney spokesperson said the issue relates to the knife-edge seal in the high-pressure compressor (HPC) aft hub on a “limited sub-population” of PW1100G engines.
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