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.

Airbus A350-900ULR Completes First Flight 
The Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long range) made its first flight on April 23, starting a short flight test program ahead of a planned first delivery in the second half of 2018.
Wideroe Embraces Embraer E2 To Expand Its Repertoire  1
The Norwegian carrier is known for its flights to harsh locations in the Arctic Circle, but wants to grow into a wider European range.
Would IAG’s Friendly Takeover Be Best For Norwegian?  2
Norwegian’s integration into IAG could be transformative not only for itself and IAG but also the European airline industry.
Eurowings Launches Long-Haul Flights From Munich 
Eurowings plans to double its capacity in Munich in 2018 and has now introduced its first long-haul service.
New Airbus Management Makes Course Correction  2
The manufacturer wants to focus on fixing production issues before investing in new A320neo family versions.
IAG Buys Into Norwegian, Considers Full Takeover 
International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired a 4.61% stake in low-cost carrier Norwegian, a move that could see it take full control later.
Hi Fly Leases A330-900 From ALC 
Wet lease specialist Hi Fly signed a medium-term lease with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for one Airbus A330-900, kick-starting the carrier’s fleet modernization.
Airbus Shelves A320neo Upgrade For Now  4
Airbus is pushing out a decision on whether to go ahead with upgrades of its A320neo family aircraft, as the company continues to face tough challenges in ramping up narrowbody production and with the in-service A320neo fleet.
Hi Fly To Become First Second-Hand A380 Operator 
Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly will take delivery of its first Airbus A380 in May or June, the company said April 5.
Condor, LaudaMotion In Talks To End Cooperation 
German leisure carrier Condor and Austrian start-up LaudaMotion are negotiating the terms of ending a cooperation agreement, industry sources said.
Bigger Beluga To Aid With Airbus Production Ramp-Up 
The Beluga STs have served their purpose for the OEM, but it is time for the BelugaXL to help push Airbus’ growth forward.
Podcast: A Wild Week In Aerospace
Defense contractors are big winners as a U.S. budget deal supercharges military funding, but commercial contractors could be casualties as a U.S.-China trade dispute escalates. Aviation Week editors weigh in on the implications.
Ryanair Gambles On Laudamotion Acquisition  2
Ryanair tries its hand at consolidation, a move that shows how much the airline’s strategy is changing.
Airbus Touts Range As A330neo Flight Testing Hits Halfway Mark 
Airbus is positioning the A330neo to operate on true long-haul routes such as from the U.S. West Coast deep into Asia or from India to the U.S. East Coast.
Embraer Ventures Out Of The Box With E2 Family 
With the next-generation jets, Embraer looks to break into segments of the airline market to which it so far has not had access.
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