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.

Articles
Podcast: Top Performing Airlines of 2015
Who are the top performing airlines of 2015? Based on our study, it may not be the size of the company, but how well the business is run.
Opinion: TPA Study Confirms That Focus And Execution Trump Size 
Airline industry differentiation in the past decade means a carrier that manages to stick to one strategy or particular niche, whatever it is and however large or small it is, has a greater chance of success.
Program Execution, Ramp-Up Trump New-Order Talk Ahead Of Paris Air Show 
Few fireworks are expected at Paris this year, but retrenching and refocusing of products will be highlighted in all arenas—commercial, defense, space and technology.
Winning Bid For TAP Seems Imminent 
For a decade and a half, TAP Portugal has been on and off the block, but the state-owned airline is now due to be sold to private bidders within weeks.
How Strong Will Business Aviation Recovery Be? 
The bizav sector is confident in upper-market segment growth, but small jets are still suffering.
A400M Crash Affects Program’s Schedule 
Airbus’s A400M airlifter program has faced some recent setbacks, not least of which is the May 9 crash of a production aircraft on its first flight.
A400M Countries Form Monitoring Team, Germany Warns Of Airlift Gap 12
The team will monitor Airbus plans to bring the project back on track, according to a German defense ministry letter sent to members of parliament and obtained by Aviation Week.
Software Cut Off Fuel Supply In Stricken A400M  72
The crash of an Airbus A400M airlifter that killed four people on May 9 may have been caused by new software that cut off the engine-fuel supply, industry sources have said.
German Pilots Union Agrees To Arbitration With Lufthansa 
VC said on May 13 that arbitration on all outstanding issues might be “doable.” It warns, however, that it is skeptical about trying to resolve “job-related topics” outside of arbitration, as proposed by Lufthansa.
Emirates Considers More Fifth-Freedom Flying From Europe 
Any major push into fifth-freedom operations appears to be unlikely, however, because it would change an already highly successful business model.
Air Berlin Considers Selling Maintenance And Cargo Units 
“We have to answer the question whether cargo and maintenance are part of our core business,” Pichler said on May 12 when Air Berlin presented its first-quarter results. “If the answer is no we will bring them into a partnership or sell them.”
Key Airline Leaders: Liberalization Still Far In Future 
The legacy portion of the airline industry claims it is favoring further liberalization, but its actions indicate the opposite.
BEA Finds Suspicious Data Inputs By Germanwings First Officer 
First officer of Germanwings Flight 9525 acted suspiciously on earlier flight, BEA report finds.
Emirates To Take 28 Aircraft in 2015-16  1
Emirates, undeterred from competitor claims, continues growth as new aircraft arrive and airport expands.
Emirates, Backed By Stronger Profits, Will Accelerate Expansion 
Al Maktoum spoke as Emirates announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, and underscored that outcry from major U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines will not deter his carrier.
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Blogs
May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
May 7, 2015
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Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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