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 Internal Merger To Drive Efficiency, Digitalization 
Airbus Group is merging with the commercial airplane unit in a move that streamlines management and strengthens CEO Tom Enders. Cost efficiencies are a key target as the group battles with struggling programs such as the A380 and A400M.
Airbus Merger Aims To Drive Efficiency And Digitalization 
Airbus Group merges with company’s commercial aircraft business, by far its largest revenue and profit generator.
Air Berlin Cuts Back As German Airline Market Undergoes Sea Change 
Air Berlin says it is on track for profitability in 2018, but serious doubts remain as to whether its complex set of measures will work.
Eurowings Demands Air Berlin Cost Reductions In Lease Deal 
Air Berlin is facing severe cost reduction targets for the planned Eurowings wet-lease deal.
Aircraft Financiers Prepare For Market Slowdown  1
There is still disagreement over whether short-term aircraft demand has already peaked or is about to­—or whether there is time left until the going gets much tougher.
Air Berlin To Be Broken Into Three Parts 
Air Berlin is expected to be split into three parts, as part of an effort to stem losses and focus a much smaller carrier on bases in Berlin and Dusseldorf, Germany.
Experts: Aircraft Market Still Cyclical 
Following a more skeptical outlook given by IATA at the association’s financial symposium in Singapore, the aircraft financing community appears to agree that the state of the industry is now as good as it gets—and warns that cycle may be near its peak.
Air France-KLM Shows Interest In All-New Narrowbody Aircraft 
Air France-KLM Group has criticized the slow pace of innovation in the narrowbody aircraft market, and is trying to revive the idea of an all-new narrowbody aircraft.
Etihad’s Restructuring Of Air Berlin To Widen 
Air Berlin’s dominant shareholder Etihad Airways is looking for more ways to dispose of unwanted parts of its German affiliate, industry sources say.
Turkish Airlines Executive Sees Quicker Recovery 
Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Ayci expects a relatively quick traffic recovery, after several recent terrorist attacks in Turkey and the July failed military coup.
Air Berlin's Restructuring To Be Widened As Etihad Leads Talks With TUI  3
Air Berlin’s dominant shareholder Etihad Airways is looking for more ways to dispose of unwanted parts of its German affiliate, industry sources say.
Opinion: Airlines Sending Clear Signals About A380's Future  175
Singapore Airlines’ return of its first A380 is terrible news for Airbus and the funds that own the aircraft.
Lufthansa Makes New Offer To Pilots' Union 
Lufthansa has made a new offer to its pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit, with hopes that it will settle a longstanding dispute over labor contract provisions.
Airbus Group Plans More Centralized Structure 
Airbus Group appears to be putting the finishing touches on a major restructuring program that is aimed at making Europe’s largest aerospace firm more cost-effective and centralized.
Lufthansa, Air China Finalize Joint Venture 
Lufthansa and Air China agreed to set up a joint venture covering routes between China and Germany on Sept. 20.

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