Chapman Freeborn Airchartering adds Cargo Director and new Northeast office in U.S.A.

Ben Hampton

Expanding its international operations, Chapman Freeborn is growing to meet the increasing demands of the air charter sector and support existing customers in the U.S. market.  Chapman Freeborn’s Chief Commercial Officer, Neil Dursley said: “I’m delighted to have Ben Hampton join Chapman Freeborn and head up our Northeast office. It’s great news for us but also for customers with urgent needs like automotive and AOG shipments and for new customers nationwide who want to get their products into key markets around the world.” With over 10 years in the aviation industry, Hampton joins Chapman Freeborn as the Cargo Director for Read more

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Acumen appoints Sean O’Connor as Managing Director Americas and VP Commercial

Acumen Aviation, a Dublin based Aircraft Lease Management company, has appointed Sean O’Connor as Managing Director Americas and VP Commercial, effective January 18, 2021. Sean will be based in the Acumen Aviation Americas offices in Miami, reporting to Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Eamonn Cronin.

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Patrick Biebel to head MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

Patrick Biebel

Effective January 1, Patrick Biebel took over the helm of MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Sumitomo Corporation headquartered in Amsterdam. In his role as Managing Director, Biebel follows on from Andrea Lübke and will be responsible for MTU’s leasing business, asset management activities, and driving the company forward. Prior to this position, Biebel was Vice President Corporate Development and in charge of all of MTU’s mergers and acquisitions and business development activities – ensuring the future growth and success of MTU’s aftermarket division. Biebel joined MTU in 2012 and has assumed various Read more

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Deutsche Aircraft appoints Nico Neumann as VP Operations and Programs

Nico Neumann

Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM), has appointed Nico Neumann to the position of Vice President Operations and Programs, where he is now responsible for team enhancement, production, maintenance and overall quality management of the D328eco™ as part of the Regional Aircraft Program. He is also tasked with oversight of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) construction at Leipzig Halle Airport. ‍Neumann began his career at 328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) in 2007 and has held a range of operational positions within the company. Most recently, he was the Director of Maintenance and Production, during which Read more

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Thomas Rückert takes over position as CIO of the Lufthansa Group

Thomas Rueckert

Thomas Rückert has taken over the position as Chief Information Officer of the Lufthansa Group on January 1, 2021.  He succeeds Roland Schütz, who left the company at his own request. Rückert joined Lufthansa Technik as a trainee in 1995 and over the past 25 years, he has held various positions at Lufthansa Technik in Germany, Ireland and the Philippines. Most recently Rückert was Vice President Maintenance Services and headed Lufthansa Technik’s worldwide overhaul network together with two other managers, reporting directly to the company’s Executive Board. As spokesman for the Product Division, his responsibilities included all shared services, product development Read more

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Jetcraft appoints Todd Spangler Sales Director Americas

Todd Spangler

Jetcraft, a leader in business jet sales and acquisitions, is strengthening the company’s presence in the Americas with the appointment of Todd Spangler as Sales Director covering Florida, Central and South America.   Spangler joins Jetcraft following a 25-year career in business aviation, with senior-level sales positions at Bombardier, Elliott Jets, Hawker Beechcraft and NetJets. As Sales Director for the Americas, Spangler will oversee Jetcraft’s strategic partnerships in the region including Aerolineas Ejecutivas which operates as a Jetcraft-authorized representative in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the Latin market in Florida and Texas. 

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President and CEO Rickard Gustafson to leave SAS

Rickard Gustafson

The President and CEO of SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Rickard Gustafson, has decided to leave SAS after ten-years. He will leave the company, at the latest, by July 1, 2021. “After ten intense and stimulating years, the time has come for me to pass on the baton to the next CEO of SAS during the first half of 2021,” Gustafson commented. “I have accepted an opportunity to join one of Sweden’s largest industrial groups. SAS has a strong position in the Scandinavian market and is well positioned to lead the aviation industry toward a more sustainable future once the pandemic is Read more

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IAI Board Chairman Harel Locker plans to step down

Harel Locker ©Haim Zach GPO

Harel Locker, Chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Board of Directors, has announced his intention to step down in 90 days. Locker assumed the position in September 2017. During his tenure, IAI underwent significant changes to its business structure. The company improved its bottom lines and for the first time passed the US$4 billion sales threshold. In addition, for two consecutive years IAI presented its largest profits since the company was established.

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IAG Chairman Antonio Vázquez retires

Antonio Vázquez

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) has released that Antonio Vázquez has retired as a director of the company and chairman of the Board. As previously announced, Javier Ferran has succeeded Antonio as chairman. Javier Ferran, IAG chairman, said: “Antonio was instrumental in the creation and development of IAG and has led the Board with integrity and rigor since the Group’s formation in January 2011. He has made a huge contribution to IAG and, previously, in his role as president of Iberia. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Antonio for his commitment and support and wish him well Read more

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New appointments of top business development and commercial executives at SR Technics

SR Technics has announced new appointments of top business development and commercial executives, reporting directly to Senior Vice President Caroline Vandedrinck. David Settergren started with SR Technics as Vice President Asia mid-November 2020. A seasoned aviation professional, Settergren has over 25 years of experience in the Asia Pacific/Oceania region and had demonstrated success in both commercial and business jet sectors. While honing his expertise in areas like marketing, sales, contract negotiation, business development and customer management, he held a range of posts at GE Aviation, GECAS, AerSale and Global Jet Capital before founding and serving as CEO of DS Aviation Read more

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