Leo Koppers to retire after 16 years with MTU Maintenance

Leo Koppers (r) and his successor Martin Friis-Petersen

On January 1, 2019, Martin Friis-Petersen will take on the role of Senior Vice President MRO Programs at MTU Aero Engines, heading up the sales and marketing organization for MTU Maintenance. He takes over from Leo Koppers, who is retiring after 16 years with MTU. “We are extremely grateful to Leo Koppers for his great skill and personal dedication. In the time he has been with MTU, he has been the go-to expert for MRO, well-known and respected among key industry players and highly regarded by customers and colleagues alike,” says Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer, MTU Aero Engines. During Read more

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Air France-KLM Board of Directors appoint Anne Rigail CEO of Air France

Anne Rigail

Subsequent to the proposal of Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France-KLM, and the approval of the Air France-KLM Board of Directors, the Air France Board of Directors has appointed Anne Rigail as CEO of Air France, following their meeting on December 12, 2018. Previously EVP Customer at Air France, Anne Rigail will assume her new role as CEO Air France on December 17, 2018 and will replace Benjamin Smith, who was appointed acting CEO of Air France through the end of 2018.

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Alberto Gutiérrez appointed Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space

Alberto Gutierrez ©Airbus

Airbus has appointed Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space, effective January 1, 2019. He will report to Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dirk Hoke and become Member of the division’s Executive Committee. Furthermore, Gutiérrez will also serve as Head of Airbus Spain, overseeing the company’s overall business activities in the country. He succeeds Fernando Alonso, who will retire after 40 years in the aerospace industry, thereof 37 at Airbus. Fernando Alonso will stay on until the end of March 2019 to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.

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Raj Subramaniam appointed FedEx Express President and CEO

David L. Cunningham, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express, will retire effective December 31, 2018. Raj Subramaniam, currently executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer of FedEx Corporation, will succeed Cunningham effective January 1, 2019. Cunningham began his FedEx career in 1982 in operations at the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tenn. Over his more than 36-year career, he held numerous leadership positions across the FedEx Express operating company in multiple regions, including chief operating officer and president – international, FedEx Express Asia Pacific chief financial officer, and regional president of the Asia Pacific region. Subramaniam Read more

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Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh to retire at the end of 2019

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who has served as the President and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH /Munich Airport (FMG) for over 17 years, will retire at the end of 2019. Over his airport management career, Kerkloh came to be seen as one of the most experienced and respected experts in the industry, both in Germany and at the international level. Under his leadership, Bavaria’s gateway to the world has taken its place alongside Europe’s top-performing air transportation hubs – both in terms of traffic growth and commercial success. Major milestones in the Kerkloh years include the opening of Terminal 2 in Read more

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TUI Aviation appoints Marco Ciomperlik as Chief Operating Officer

Marco Ciomperlik

TUI Aviation has appointed Marco Ciomperlik to the position of Chief Operations Officer in charge of Engineering & Maintenance, Supplier Management & Procurement, Inflight Services and Aviation IT. Marco Ciomperlik is a known expert in the aviation industry with an impressive track-record of successful change management initiatives and corporate turn-arounds. Before joining the aviation industry he worked at Germany-based consulting firm Roland Berger. His aviation career started back in 2010. TUI Aviation also announced further management appointments. Jill Nye has been newly appointed as Director Inflight Services. She will be in charge of inflight services, product selection and logistics in Read more

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Eirtech Aviation Services announces new engineering leadership team

Tom Malynn, Trevor Jenkins and Keith McKerchar ©EAS

Eirtech Aviation Services (EAS) has formally announced some significant changes in its Part 21J DOA Engineering Leadership team. Keith McKerchar (Director of Engineering) is joined by Trevor Jenkins (ex CDG Boeing) as Head of Design and Tom Malynn (ex B/E Aerospace) as Head of Airworthiness. Bringing over thirty years of aircraft structures, cabin interiors and advanced materials engineering experience, Trevor Jenkins is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. In addition to several Head of Design and Office of Airworthiness roles in Part 21 Subpart J approved organisations, he previously held roles as Technical Read more

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Oriens Aviation names new General Manager for Maintenance

Stuart Locke

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre and sales distributor of the PC-12, will bolster its MRO team. TAG Aviation Farnborough Head of Maintenance Stuart Locke is taking up the post of General Manager of the Oriens Maintenance London Biggin Hill Airport facility in January. Joining TAG Aviation in April 2013 to manage the business’ Part 145 maintenance activity, Locke was instrumental in doubling its business – from 50,000 to 100,000 manhours today with an 80-strong workforce. Locke joined TAG Aviation following a 19-year career with leading regional airline Flybe, working in engineering roles around the regions. He latterly Read more

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Bogi Nils Bogason appointed CEO of Icelandair Group

The Board of Directors of Icelandair Group has appointed Bogi Nils Bogason as President & CEO of the company. Bogason has been the Interim President & CEO of Icelandair Group since the end of August. Bogason has served as Chief Financial Officer of Icelandair Group since October 2008. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Askar Capital from 2007 to 2008 and Chief Financial Officer of Icelandic Group from 2004 to 2006. He was an auditor and a partner of KPMG Iceland from 1993 to 2004.

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Lufthansa Group mourns loss of Wolfgang Mayrhuber

Wolfgang Mayrhuber

Wolfgang Mayrhuber, the former Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, has passed away last Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at the age of 71. Wolfgang Mayrhuber had been working for Deutsche Lufthansa AG for over 40 years. As an engineer, he began his corporate career in 1970, in Hamburg, in the field of engine maintenance. After holding various management positions Mr. Mayrhuber was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of the newly founded Lufthansa Technik AG in 1994, having played a key role in shaping the successful development of the company into a leading global service. In 2001 he was Read more

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