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.

Drukair Bets On Enhanced A319 Performance For Operations Into Paro 
The airline took delivery of the aircraft, its third owned A319, last month. The Sharklet-equipped aircraft will replace a leased A319 that will be returned to the lessor in July. In addition to the four A319s, Drukair currently flies one ATR 42-500.
Airbus Looks To More Seats To Aid Revenue-Conscious Carriers 
When Airbus launched the A380 15 years ago the focus was on luxury, but times have changed; the thrust is decidedly more proletarian now.
Iberia And BA Leave AEA In Clash Over Gulf Carriers 3
In the worst clash so far among European airlines over how to deal with the Persian Gulf carriers, Iberia and BA left industry-lobby group Association of European Airlines at the end of March.
Airbus Broadens Cabin-Efficiency Drive 
The introduction of new aft galley and lavatory layouts (space flex) has been a key in allowing Airbus to add another row of seats on the A320. As part of the re-arrangement, the rear galley is reduced in size to accommodate either 2 1/2 to four food and beverage trolleys, compared to the standard seven.
Airbus Offering 11-Abreast A380 Seating From 2017 31
Airbus has decided to formally offer an 11-abreast economy configuration in the Airbus A380, despite Emirates Airline's decision not to further pursue that arrangement.
Opinion: Lessons To Learn From Germanwings Flight 9525 22
There have been a handful of events that can be linked to pilots intentionally crashing aircraft. But that’s in hundreds of millions of flights since the late 1990s.
Podcast: How Do We Keep Pilots From Crashing Planes? 3
Aviation has become technically safer and safer. Is it now time to address the pilot as a safety concern?
Airlines Changing Cockpit Procedures After Germanwings Crash 
Norwegian Air was the first carrier to publicly announce the move via a March 26 statement, and many others, including EasyJet, Air Berlin, Germania, Air Baltic, and Icelandair quickly followed.
Opinion: Air Transport Needs Better Dispute Settlement Process 

The world of air transport has experienced two major disputes that have led to fierce discussions bordering on open hostility, serious threats and tensions that have not been easy to overcome. First the European Commission (EC) tried to impose its view of how aviation should tackle the increase of CO2 emissions on the rest of the industry and was stopped only at the last minute when it became clear a trade war would be unavoidable. Then European and U.S. airlines launched a massive anti-Gulf carrier campaign.

Finmeccanica Reassesses ATR And SuperJet Investments  1
CEO Mauro Moretti is grappling with the Italian group’s debt in a bid to restore Finmeccanica to profitability by the end of this decade.
Germanwings Crash Spurs Debate About Cockpit Procedures 28
Investigators of downed Germanwings find that the first officer “deliberately crashed” the Airbus A320 into the side of a mountain; debates about psychological oversight of pilots and cockpit access are already beginning.
Germanwings Crash Due To Deliberate Pilot Action, French Prosecutor Says 6
Authorities believe the first officer was alone on the flight deck, alive, and likely not incapacitated during the flight’s fatal descent.
Investigators Hopeful Of Quick CVR Analysis In Germanwings Probe  2
BEA is one important step closer to analyzing the aircraft’s March 24 accident sequence, after having recovered the Airbus A320’s cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
Investigators Reach Germanwings Crash Scene In French Alps 
French Investigators reached the scene of the Germanwings Airbus A320 accident late in the afternoon local time and have recovered one of the aircraft’s two recorders.
Germanwings A320 Crashes In France 2
The aircraft, registered as D-AIPX, was delivered new to Lufthansa in February 1991.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 13

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 9

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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