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.

Emirates No Longer Believes In A380neo Launch 
Emirates has been the strongest—and so far the only—proponent of the A380neo.
Russia’s Only LCC Is Growing Fast And Expanding Internationally  2
Aeroflot Group’s LCC Pobeda is expanding rapidly and will make it harder for other low-cost airlines to enter the market.
TUI Board Nears Airline Divestment Decision 
The new airline will be 25% owned by Etihad; TUI will own a 24% stake.
Can Aeroflot Make The Top 20 Of Airlines?  13
Despite unfavorable conditions, Aeroflot continues to transform itself, showing strong traffic and revenue growth.
Lufthansa Talks Fail; Pilots Near Strikes 
The union said it will announce strikes with 24 hr. notice to allow passengers to adapt travel plans.
Will 777X And A350 Stretch Into Very-High-Capacity Territory?  21
If launched, the new large twins would make it harder for Boeing to sustain 747-8 production and could curtail Airbus A380 orders.
Emirates, Turkish Enter Crisis Mode As Demand Falters  5
Two airlines that were seemingly immune to external shocks are finally starting to see revenues affected by a variety of factors.
Air Transport Faces Many Open Questions After Trump Victory  68
Whether Donald Trump the businessman or Trump the protectionist populist shows up to govern will have a big impact on the airline industry.
Trump Victory Raises Air Transport Questions 
Whether or not a Trump presidency will mean more protectionism is the key question that airlines and aircraft manufacturers worldwide are asking themselves ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of the new administration.
Emirates Posts 75% Profit Drop; Sticks To Aircraft Target 
Emirates warns it does not see signs of market improvement, after the airline posted much-deteriorated results for the first six months of its financial year.
Airbus, Boeing Deciding Larger A350, 777X Versions  16
Both manufacturers raised prospects on possible stretches of the two aircraft earlier this year.
Turkish Airlines Grounding Some Aircraft 
The airline is understood to have already taken 12 Airbus A330-200s out of service, and has parked them at Antalya Airport.
LOT Invests In Nordica Affiliate 
Estonia’s new national carrier Nordica has entered into a wide-ranging partnership with LOT Polish Airlines in an effort to stabilize its business.
IAG Scales Back Medium-Term Growth Plans 
The group, which owns British Airways (BA), Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, has identified tougher-than-expected conditions in many of its key markets, leading to overcapacity and lower-than-predicted average yields.
Air France-KLM Launches New Long-Haul Carrier 
Air France-KLM is launching a new initiative to fight back against growing competition from Persian Gulf carriers and will create a new airline for medium- and long-haul routes.
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