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New leadership at Brussels Airlines, will remain a Belgian entity

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

Eurowings and Brussels Airlines are shaping the European airline industry together. Brussels Airlines will remain a Belgian entity and Belgium’s home carrier and will continue to grow.

Key Points:

  • Christina Foerster appointed Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.
  • Thibault Demoulin appointed Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1.
  • Two new members of the Management Board will be appointed shortly
  • Lufthansa Group Executive Board member and CEO of Eurowings, Thorsten Dirks: “Brussels Airlines will continue to grow – the professionalism, expertise and passion of the Brussels Airlines staff are a vital part on our joint path to success.”
  • Following the appointment of the new leadership team, Bernard Gustin, present CEO of Brussels Airlines and Jan De Raeymaeker, CFO of the Belgian airline, will support the transition and will leave by March 31.
  • Thorsten Dirks: “Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker have made significant contributions to Brussels Airlines, leading the company successfully through growth and turbulent times – thanks to them Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s number one carrier today
The Brussels Airlines’ Board of Directors has appointed a new leadership team:

  • Christina Foerster will become new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brussels Airlines effective April 1
  • Thibault Demoulin will fulfill the function of Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1
  • Two new members of the management board will be appointed shortly

“I am very pleased that Christina Foerster has agreed to assume the position of CEO of Brussels Airlines – she is the first-ever female to head a Lufthansa Group airline”, said Thorsten Dirks, Lufthansa Group Executive Board member, CEO of Eurowings and also member of the Brussels Airlines Board of Directors. “We are convinced that the new team will further strengthen, together with the rest of the Brussels Airlines staff, the already successful cooperation between Brussels Airlines and Eurowings. Only together we will be able to shape the European airline industry and succeed in our sustainable growth plans. Brussels, as the European capital, continues to be a stronghold in our growth strategy.”

New CEO Christina Foerster is no stranger to Belgium and Brussels Airlines. Christina Foerster has been the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer for one and a half years and has been living in the Belgian capital since then. She has held various high-profile positions in the aviation industry prior to joining Brussels Airlines, among them General Manager Product Management Intercontinental, Vice President Network and Fleet Development and Senior Vice President Network, Group & Alliance Development at the Lufthansa Group.

Belgian Thibault Demoulin has been Brussels Airlines’ Senior Vice President Flight Operations and Deputy Accountable Manager for the past 12 years prior to being appointed as COO. He has an excellent track record in establishing safe, reliable and punctual operations at Brussels Airlines, which makes him the perfect fit as the carrier’s COO.

“In 2017, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings gradually started to lay the foundations for a common future, in which the strengths of both airlines will be combined, with the ambition to build a strong, sustainable and leading pan-European airline. Growing within the Eurowings Group as a Belgian entity will allow us to further build on our specificities, such as our Africa expertise and our distinguished Belgian touch. Together with Eurowings, we will further expand our long-haul reach out of Brussels and Dusseldorf, and in particular continue to fulfil our role as Belgium’s home carrier and important economic engine of our country,” emphasizes Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding.

As the CEO of Eurowings, Mr. Dirks points out that Brussels Airlines is already today a crucial cornerstone of the Eurowings Group which is striving to become a leading European airline. “With Brussels Airlines, we can count on a unique know-how of the African market and a long-standing expertise with long-haul operations. Right now our colleagues from Brussels Airlines are leading the process of successfully establishing long-haul operations at Dusseldorf, one of our most important platforms in Germany,” said Dirks. This strong new leadership team, together with the passion, and the expertise of the Brussels Airlines staff, is a vital part in realizing the future plans of the Eurowings Group – and not just that.

“The combined strengths of Brussels Airlines and Eurowings represent one of the three major strategic pillars of the success of the entire Lufthansa Group,” said Dirks. “This means that Brussels Airlines will continue to grow.”

Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding, and Thorsten Dirks wish to thank Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker for their years of dedicated service and excellent leadership at Brussels Airlines and wish both all the very best for their future endeavours.

“During 15 years, Bernard Gustin has made significant contributions to the company, leading Brussels Airlines successfully through growth and turbulent times,” said Davignon and Dirks. They point out that Bernard Gustin has put the Belgian carrier back on the European map. “It’s clearly his accomplishment that Brussels Airlines is the number one carrier in Belgium today despite aggressive low-cost competition which is continuously trying to grab market shares.”

In his five years as CFO of Brussels Airlines, Jan De Raeymaeker at the same time significantly contributed to the success of the company, said Dirks and Davignon. “Planning and executing the overall Brussels Airlines restructuring plan and strategically repositioning the company after Vueling, EasyJet and Ryanair entered the Belgian market is also Jan De Raeymaeker’s merit”.

Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker not only provided managerial expertise, Dirks said. “Both as a team managed to steer Brussels Airlines through the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport in March 2016. Thanks to professional crisis management and leadership skills, Brussels Airlines got out of the crisis even stronger than before and clearly positioned itself as a competitive, reliable and responsible airline.”

The African experience and route structure to Africa was the saving grace for Brussels Airlines. At this time, it is unclear if Brussels Airlines will continue to operate under its own brand or the Eurowings brand as a Belgian carrier.

Lufthansa received a lot of pressure from nearly 100 Belgian companies to keep Brussels Airlines based in Belgium and not to merge it with Eurowings according to Reuters. Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

Brussels Airlines aircraft slide show:


Eurowings to consolidate its long-haul operations at Düsseldorf

Eurowings Airbus A330-203 D-AXGD (msn 573) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937811.

Eurowings is consolidating its long-haul operations at Düsseldorf, a larger catchment area than the current Cologne/Bonn area. The company is attempting to fill the long-haul void left by the demise of Airberlin.

Eurowings started long-haul operations at DUS in November to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Veradero. It will greatly expand operations at DUS.

The four Airbus A330-200s currently assigned to the Cologne/Bonn market will be moved to DUS for the winter 2018/2019 season.

Current long-range routes from CGN:

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A330-203 D-AXGD (msn 573) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937811.

Eurowings aircraft slide show:

Eurowings adds its first Airbus A340-300

Eurowings has added its first Airbus A340-300 to its long-haul fleet. The pictured ex-Lufthansa Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) was in storage and was repainted and re-delivered to Frankfurt on January 13, 2018.

Photo: Eurowings.

Eurowings aircraft slide show:

Eurowings creates this unique livery with this wet lease

West leased from PrivatAir

Eurowings has wet leased from Privatair this Boeing 767-316 ER registered as HB-JJF (msn 27613), wearing the colorful livery already seen on this aircraft last summer when it was operated by TUI Airlines Netherlands.

Eurowings titles and tail logo have been added creating this unique livery.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings (PrivatAir) Boeing 767-316 ER WL HB-JJF (msn 27613) (hybrid TUI – Eurowings scheme) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 940553.

Eurowings aircraft slide show:


Eurowings to see its largest growth spurt in 2018

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNI (msn 1717) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937576.

Previously on September 26, 2017, Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board approved and announced the rapid growth of its lower-cost Eurowings, especially in Europe:

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the rapid expansion of the Eurowings Group at its meeting in September 2017. For this purpose, an investment framework of around EUR 1 billion was approved for the purchase and leasing of aircraft. The funds were used towards obtaining up to 61 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and 20 Bombardier Q400s.

During the summer of 2017, Lufthansa wet leased 20 aircraft operated for Eurowings under the existing wet lease agreement with Airberlin; 15 by acquisition and five more leased with a purchasing option.

The Eurowings Group is expected to require up to 3,000 additional jobs in the cockpit and cabin operations, due to the hiring and intended acquisition of companies of the Air Berlin Group. Job advertisements and staffing have already started.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We now have the great opportunity to take a decisive step forward with Eurowings in Europe. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board agree that we are determined to seize this opportunity. With the approval of an additional investment framework for the acquisition of aircraft, the necessary preconditions have now been met. For Eurowings, it will be a major challenge to cope with the rapid growth. I am particularly pleased that this will enable us to offer up to 3,000 new employees a secure perspective in the Eurowings Group.”

Adria Airways Airbus A319-132 S5-AAR (msn 4301) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 912192.

Above Copyright Photo: Adria Airways Airbus A319-132 S5-AAR (msn 4301) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 912192.

The airline is growing so fast, it is leasing in aircraft from other airlines to meet the expansion in the first quarter of 2018 following the failure of Airberlin. Adria Airways (above) will operate Airbus A319s from the Cologne/Bonn hub for Eurowings. Czech Airlines will operate its Airbus A319s for Eurowings from Hamburg (below).

Czech Airlines-CSA Airbus A319-112 OK-MEK (msn 3043) LHR (SPA). Image: 940351.

Above Copyright Photo: Czech Airlines-CSA Airbus A319-112 OK-MEK (msn 3043) LHR (SPA). Image: 940351.

Air Europa will operate its Boeing 737-800s from Munich and Stuttgart for Eurowings (below).

Celebrating 30 years of flying

Above Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 737-85P WL EC-MKL (msn 60585) (30 Anos) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 940226.

The carrier has already launched a significant amount of new routes in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will continue in early 2018.

Here is the full list of new routes by country: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Eurowings): Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNI (msn 1717) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937576.

Eurowings aircraft slide show:

Eurowings destination Europe:

LGW is hiring Airbus A320 pilots, starts operating for Eurowings

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.

LGW ceased operations along with Airberlin on October 27, 2017 (ironically 10 years to the day it started operations).

Since then the carrier has been hiring Airbus A320 crews. It started operating its first Airbus A320 for Eurowings on December 5. 2017. LGW will eventually replace the Airberlin A320s which previously operated for Eurowings.

Ex-Airline D-ABNT (above) became the first Airbus A320 to join the LGW fleet.

As previously reported, the Lufthansa Group acquired LGW and Niki from Airberlin as part of the bankruptcy procceedings.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by LGW): Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.




Eurowings to start the Berlin (Tegel) – Frankfurt route

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZR (msn 5525) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 927148.

Eurowings, in the wake of the Airberlin collapse, will start flying the Berlin (Tegel) – Frankfurt route on March 25, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Parent, Lufthansa, also flies the route.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZR (msn 5525) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 927148.