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.

How Curado Left His Mark On Embraer 
Fred Curado’s legacy at Embraer is one of sustainable development rather than radical and daring moves. His successor Paulo Cesar Silva now has to oversee the entry into service of two key programs: The E2 jets and the KC-390 military transport.
Airbus Shifts A350-1000 First Flight, Delivery Schedule 
FRANKFURT—Airbus is making subtle changes to the schedule for the Airbus A350-1000. Airbus said the delay of the A350-1000 is limited to “a matter of a few weeks.”
Can Russia’s MS-21 Crack The Airbus-Boeing Duopoly?  61
The MS-21 looks promising, but breaking into Western markets where large installed Boeing and Airbus fleets prevail could prove insurmountable.
Lufthansa Group CFO Menne Leaves In Surprise Move 

FRANKFURT—Lufthansa Group is going through another round of leadership changes, after CFO Simone Menne announced her departure.                                                                       

Russia's UAC Rolls Out MS-21Narrowbody Jet 1
The first Irkut MC-21 prototype was presented with much fanfare at the official roll-out ceremony in Irkutsk, Russia, on June 8.
Is Europe’s Open Skies Policy Really Firmly On Track? 
Like the Qatari government, officials of the United Arab Emirates have not yet formally told the European Commission they will engage in EU-level open skies negotiations.
Avianca Opening Doors For Potential Investors 
Bogota-based Avianca Holdings seeks possible foreign partners, bringing a potentially huge opportunity for Delta Air Lines and a big risk for United Airlines.
Lufthansa’s Lack Of Interest In SAS Shows European M&A Dilemma  2
European airlines agree that consolidation is the way to go. But there is a disconnect between statements and action: Few deals have actually taken place, and airlines are finding it hard to attract investors.
Lessons Learned The Hard Way For Airbus  46
This was supposed to be a pivotal year for Airbus. But the carefully scripted ramp-ups have been blown off course by suppliers, whose late deliveries have left nearly complete airplanes missing everything from engines to bathroom doors.
Airline Executives Check Out Bombardier CS100  4
As Bombardier prepares to deliver the first CS100 by the end of June, the manufacturer invited Star Alliance member CEOs aboard the C Series for a flight from Dublin to Zurich. See photos.
Goh To Run Star Alliance From 2017 

ZURICH—Star Alliance has selected Jeffrey Goh as its new CEO, succeeding Mark Schwab, who has decided to retire at the end of this year.                                                                       <

Lufthansa’s Spohr Sees Little Chance For Non-EU Takeovers 

ZURICH—Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr sees little chance for takeovers outside the European Union, because of the continuing legal restrictions of ownership and control.

Iran Aircraft Deals Delayed, But European Access Eased  3
With coming end of economic sanctions against Iran, airframers expected more orders from country’s airlines. Many financial system issues slow the progress.
Goh Tapped To Lead Star Alliance 

ZURICH - Star Alliance selected Jeffrey Goh as its new CEO succeeding Mark Schwab who plans to retire at the end of this year.

Goh, 47, is currently Star’s chief operating officer and has been with the alliance since 2007. Before that, he worked for the International Air Transport Association.

Swiss Upsizes Its C-Series Orders 

ZURICH - Swiss International Air Lines has converted five more orders for Bombardier CS100s to CS300 and says that a majority of its 30 C Series orders will likely shift to the larger variant.

Under a 2007 C Series launch order placed by its parent company, Lufthansa Group, Swiss was to receive 30 CS100s.  A year ago, it converted 10 of those orders to CS 300s.


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