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.

Bombardier Sees High Level Of Maturity For C Series Entry  3
Bombardier and launch operator Swiss are confident of the C Series service readiness. But the next challenge for the manufacturer is to ensure a rapid ramp-up of serial production.
A Visit To Bombardier's C Series Final Assembly Lines 17
All stations in the two final assembly lines are occupied, and among the aircraft being built are units for Swiss and Air Baltic, which will receive the first stretched CS300.‎
European Airlines Likely Next Consolidation Candidates 
As the already mature North American market slows down on mergers, a big question at the IATA annual meeting will be: Will the merger idea finally be picked up in earnest elsewhere in the world and, if so, when, where and how?
Swiss Plans Quick C-Series Introduction Into Operations 
Swiss International Air Lines initially will fly its first Bombardier CS100 to a limited number of destinations, but the airliner will fly a normal schedule of as many as eight flights per day soon after launching commercial operations July 15.
Emirates Sees Profit Growth Despite Premium Weakness 
Emirates Airline experienced dramatic shifts in key cost, revenue and performance factors in 2015, but nevertheless managed to significantly raise its overall profitability and reach an operating profit margin of close to 10%.
Lufthansa Expects Major A320neo Engine Improvements In June  9
Lufthansa is delaying acceptance of a third Airbus A320neo as Pratt & Whitney prepares software and hardware fixes for the PW1100G engine.
Etihad Promotes Hogan, Baumgartner 
Etihad Aviation Group has promoted several key executives to new roles, strengthening the aim of building a holding structure and reflecting its broad portfolio of subsidiaries.
Low Yields, So Europe’s ‘Big Three’ Carriers Curb Expansion 
The speed at which yields have dropped in recent months is a cause for concern in the boardrooms of Lufthansa, Air France-KLM and International Airlines Group.
Lufthansa Faces Cargo Crisis And Passenger Yield Reduction 
Lufthansa Group has launched a review of its future cargo strategy, following dismal results in the first quarter and a bleak outlook for the unit.
FAA Grants Airbus Longer ETOPS For A350  20
The FAA has granted Airbus approval for extended diversion-time operations of the A350 beyond 180 minutes.
IAG Warns Of Lower Demand, Slows Expansion 
International Airlines Group (IAG) is revising its combined capacity growth for 2016 downward, lowering expansion from 5.2% to 4.9%.
Airbus Struggles With A320neo Engine Delays, Customer Complaints  53
Despite celebrating delivery of its first U.S.-built aircraft, Airbus is hitting bumps in the road to an increased global reach.
Delta’s C Series Order May Change Narrowbody Market  4
The Delta order for up to 125 Bombardier C Series has the potential to change the narrowbody aircraft market.
Podcast: The C Series Turnaround 5
Aviation Week editors discuss why Delta’s order of 125 Bombardier CSeries jets means so much and what it could mean for Airbus and Boeing
Air Berlin Posts Dismal 2015 Results, Shifts Business Model 
Air Berlin is shifting its focus to becoming a premium airline and offering connecting services and more long-haul routes, as part of its ongoing strategic repositioning.

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