Air Berlin Appoints Lufthansa Executive as New CEO
The Berlin-based carrier said that Winkelmann will succeed its current CEO, Stefan Pichler, on February 1, 2017. Pichler assumed the position two years ago.
Winkelmann previously served as the CEO of Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Germanwings from 2006 through 2015 and was later manager of that airline’s Munich hub.
The upheaval in the C-suite comes at a time when Air Berlin is undergoing a major restructuring that will halve its fleet to some 75 aircraft. It recently announced it will wet lease 38 aircraft to Lufthansa and spin off its tourist routes to TUI in order to focus on long-haul flights out of its Berlin and Düsseldorf hubs.
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