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.

Ryanair Loses Aer Lingus Appeal As IAG Launches Ireland PR Campaign 
A court of appeals on Feb. 12 upheld a decision forcing Ryanair to sell down its stake in Aer Lingus.
Norwegian Posts First Loss In Seven Years 
In spite of Europe’s economic weakness, the airline continued to increase capacity aggressively last year, boosting it 35%.
Germanwings Pilots To Go On Two-Day Strike 
The Lufthansa Group is facing the next round of pilot strikes, as negotiations earlier this week failed to resolve the long-standing dispute between the company and pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC).
Low Fuel Price May Increase Pricing Pressure On Late 737NGs, A320ceos 2
The reduced price of fuel could be a threat to parts of the order backlogs of both Airbus and Boeing, although analysts differ on how deep the impact will be.
Finnair Warns Unit-Revenue Increase Key For Profitability 
“The lower price of jet fuel and the full impact of the completed savings program are supporting the financial performance of Finnair in 2015,” the airline said in a statement on Feb. 11.
Delta, American And United CEOs Want Open-Skies Revision  1
The CEOs want the Obama administration to begin government-to-government negotiations with Qatar and the UAE to examine alleged subsidies and overcapacity on routes between the U.S. and those countries.
Airbus Appoints New Program Leaders 
The manufacturer promoted Klaus Roewe, A320neo program chief, to run the entire A320-family program, including the current production-standard aircraft.
TUI Ponders Airline Merger 
TUIfly, the largest unit by number of aircraft with 38, does not operate long-haul services on its own.
Emirates Says Open Skies Reversal Would Be A ‘Shame’ 23
Emirates Airline President Tim Clark has shot back with a sharp response for those who would limit Gulf carrier access to the U.S.
Etihad Buys Majority Of MilleMiglia 
Etihad Airways has completed the purchase of a 75% stake in Alitalia Loyalty, the operator of the airline’s frequent-flyer program, MilleMiglia.
Wizz Air Announces New IPO 
Central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air is launching its second attempt to have its shares traded on the London Stock Exchange.
IAG Proposes Heathrow Guarantees For Aer Lingus 
IAG said Feb. 2 that it would guarantee Aer Lingus’s 23 Heathrow slot pairs cannot be sold and instead will be used for Irish routes for five years.
Legacy Airlines See Growing Competitive Threat With The Rise Of Gulf Carriers 3
The increasing strength of airlines in the Middle East may present more of a strategic threat to legacy market than the one posed by long-haul, low-cost carriers.
Aer Lingus Board Accepts IAG Offer  1
IAG, the only entity willing to invest in European airlines, is nearing a deal to acquire Aer Lingus, subject to government and shareholder approval.
Qatar Airways Buys Stake In IAG 
In what is by far the most high-profile investment made by any of the three Gulf carriers, Qatar Airways has bought a 9.99% stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015

Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015

AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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