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.

Global Airline Data Snapshot: Overcapacity Looms  5
The International Air Transport Association is predicting much reduced profits for 2017 in most markets as airlines are no longer benefiting from lower oil prices and overcapacity increasingly becomes a problem in many segments.
Emirates Defers A380 Deliveries  96
Emirates’ decision to defer Airbus A380 deliveries for the first time will significantly worsen an already worrisome climate for the aircraft program.
Low Oil Prices Challenge Middle Eastern Airlines’ Strategies 
As the region’s oil-driven economies struggle, Middle Eastern airlines seek ways to adapt to declining premium traffic, while growth continues overall.
Global Airline Data Snapshot Shows Growth Curve 
Airliner backlogs are at unprecedented levels, and China has ordered almost as many aircraft as have Europe and North America combined.
Etihad May Change Top Management, European Strategy 

FRANKFURT—Etihad Aviation Group appears to be on the verge of  fundamental strategy shifts and senior management changes, as the airline is looking for ways to limit losses incurred through and at its European subsidiaries.

Iran Air Signs Firm Order For Airbus Aircraft 
Iran Air finally signed a big 100-aircraft deal with Airbus, following many months of uncertainty around financing and export licenses.
Key Commercial Aircraft Programs Arrive As Market Weakens  6
In addition to the many first flights, deliveries and service entries that will occur in 2017, production increases and market questions loom.
Podcast: What to Look for in 2017 3
Aerospace & Defense 2017 is the latest version of our annual predictor of trends to watch across all the fields we cover. With that issue in the bag, we talk with our top editors about what to look for in 2017.
Eurowings Opens Munich Base 
Lufthansa’s low-fare unit Eurowings is opening a new base in Munich next spring, its first at an airport its parent uses as a hub.
Little Improvement Likely For Brazil’s Airlines In 2017 
Carriers in South America’s biggest country look for ways to access fresh capital or consolidate to cope with ongoing economic crisis.
Etihad Cuts Jobs To Reduce Costs 
Etihad Airways plans to cut a number of jobs as the airline tries to reduce costs in difficult market conditions.
Lufthansa Plans Full Integration Of Air Berlin 
Lufthansa has begun to look at ways that it could integrate the remaining parts of its struggling competitor Air Berlin after the two sides signed a far-reaching wet-lease agreement last week.
Lufthansa, Etihad Sign Codeshare Deal 
Lufthansa will enter into a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, as the latter carrier’s affiliate Air Berlin starts wet-leasing services on its behalf from February 2017.
SAS Delays A350 Deliveries 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has delayed the delivery of its Airbus A350-900s by more than one year.
Pratt-Powered Airbus A321neo Certified 
Airbus has received joint EASA and FAA type certification for the PW1100G-JM powered Airbus A321neo, clearing the way for first delivery in the coming weeks.
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