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.

EC May Block Lufthansa’s Planned Niki Takeover  6
The European Commission (EC) is seriously considering blocking the planned acquisition of Air Berlin subsidiary Niki by Lufthansa, according to industry sources.
Podcast: Airbus After Leahy 13
Airbus turns to an outsider for its new sales chief. Our editors discuss the prosperity—and problems—that he will inherit.
Airbus Appoints Schulz As Successor For Leahy 
Airbus named Rolls-Royce executive Eric Schulz as its new chief of sales, marketing and contracts, replacing John Leahy after his 33-year tenure at the aircraft manufacturer.
Rolls-Royce’s Schulz To Succeed Airbus Sales Chief John Leahy  8
Key decisions on A380, NMA reaction loom as Airbus changes sales leadership.
Condor Wet-Leases Aircraft To EasyJet 
German leisure carrier Condor agreed to wet-lease aircraft to EasyJet starting in January to allow the airline to pull forward the opening of new routes.
Rolls-Royce’s Schulz, ATR’s Scherer Contenders For Airbus Sales Chief  67
Tom Enders has a tough choice to make in replacing legendary sales chief John Leahy.
Airbus Receives A350-1000 Type Certificate 7
Certification of the largest twin widebody in the Airbus portfolio comes almost one year after the aircraft’s first flight.
Industry Closely Watching Airbus/Bombardier C Series Integration  32
Embraer intends to closely monitor regulatory compliance as Airbus integrates Bombardier C Series
Airbus’ A380 Dilemma: Kill It Or Keep Bleeding?  35
Public disagreement between Airbus and Emirates over A380 production pace and design updates highlights the manufacturer’s problems.
Mega-Aircraft Order Means Increased Price Pressure On Manufacturers  1
Strength in numbers is playing out for the bottom lines of four LCCs owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners. Can global alliances strike similar deals?
Podcast: Dubai Airshow's Unexpected Highlights
Some events at the Dubai Airshow were unexpected, while some expected ones did not happen. Emirates again appeared to be ruling the world of large aircraft orders, while the UAE's manufacturing industry is burgeoning.
Chief Executive Pushing For ATR Corporate Changes 
ATR CEO Christian Scherer is continuing his push to change the ATR company’s structure, which he believes could enable it to launch a larger turboprop.
Egyptair Signs Up For 24 Bombardier CS300s  1
Egyptair signed a letter of intent for up to 24 Bombardier CS300s at the Dubai airshow.
Renewed Wataniya Airways Commits To A320neo 
Wataniya Airways opted for the Airbus A320neo as it resumes building a Kuwait City-based network.
Emirates Dismisses A380plus Concept As Negotiations Continue 49
Emirates is rejecting the proposed Airbus A380plus concept in spite of its plans to continue ordering more of the largest commercial aircraft.
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