From 1st August 2014, Helmut Weixler (56) will take over the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Accountable Manager at airberlin. He will be taking over from Helmut Himmelreich (62) who is leaving the business for personal reasons.
Until 1st August, Oliver Lackmann (45), Postholder Flight Operations, will take over the position of Accountable Manager on a temporary basis.
With Helmut Weixler, a renowned aviation expert is returning to the company. He had active role in the integration of dba and LTU into the airberlin group in various leadership positions in the years 2007 to 2011. In his most recent role, Helmut Weixler was responsible for Flight Operations, Regulatory and Quality Control at Qatar Airways.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin, said: "We are happy to be winning back an experienced airline manager for the company with Helmut Weixler who will take responsibility in this crucial role for the continued positive development of the company and its operations. We would like to thank Helmut Himmelreich for his important contribution and achievements, and wish him much success personally for his future endeavours."
airberlin is one of the leading airlines in Europe and flies to 171 destinations worldwide, each year. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 31.5 million passengers in 2013. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21% share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld® airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 17 airlines. The fleet has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe.