Hanover, 1 March 2018

TUI realigns Communications functions in Aviation: Aage Dünhaupt manages Communications at TUI Aviation and TUIfly Deutschland

TUI Group reinforces its Communications function within its international aviation and airline business and at TUIfly Deutschland: Aage Dünhaupt (42) will join TUI Group’s Corporate Communications team to steer Communications and PR for the five European holiday airlines on an international level from 1 March 2018. As Director Corporate Communications, he will additionally assume responsibility for Media Relations and Internal Communications at the German subsidiary TUIfly based in Langenhagen near Hanover. In that role, he will succeed Jan Hillrichs, who will leave the company of his own accord to take on new professional challenges.

Aage Dünhaupt will be joining TUI Group from his current role as Head of Communications of Airlines for the European airline association Airlines for Europe (A4E), which he had helped build and develop since December 2015. Prior to moving to Brussels, he had been Senior Vice President Communications of Air Berlin. Aage Dünhaupt had previously spent 14 years in Communications at Lufthansa Group, where he started his professional career in 2001 as International Communications Manager at Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg. From 2007 to 2011 he was based in London as Director Corporate Communications Europe. His subsequent functions included responsibility for Media Relations and Communications for Lufthansa Passenger Airline’s Board member in charge of Product, Sales, and Marketing.

The business graduate studied Business Administration in Hamburg and Kiel, specialising in International Management and Marketing.

He will report to Thomas Ellerbeck, member of TUI Group’s Group Executive Committee responsible for Global Communications, Public Policy, and Sustainability. In his function as Director Corporate Communications at TUI fly Deutschland, Aage Dünhaupt will report to Roland Keppler, Managing Director at TUI fly.

With more than 150 aircraft, TUI Group Airlines is one of Europe’s leading flight providers with independent airlines in Germany, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Nordics. TUI has ordered a total of 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to replace aircraft in its current fleet in order to drive the renewal and modernisation of its European fleet ahead. The first aircraft of this particularly cost-efficient and low-emission type was delivered in January 2018 to TUI fly Belgium. All 72 Boeing 737 MAX planes are scheduled for delivery to the Group’s companies by the end of 2023. TUI airlines are already among Europe’s most carbon-efficient airlines. In the atmosfair airline index, UK-based TUI Airways and Germany’s TUI fly rank first and third. Moreover, TUI is the only holiday airline operating the modern Dreamliner Boeing 787.

About TUI Group

The TUI Group is the world's leading tourism group and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. The TUI share is listed on the FTSE 250, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and on the Regulated Unofficial Market in Germany.

The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 28 million customers, 21 million of whom are in the European national companies. The entire tourism value chain is represented under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 15 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in England. The Group also includes Europe's leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. Besides the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The Group is transforming itself into a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. With projects in 25 countries, the TUI Care Foundation initiated by TUI focuses on the positive effects of tourism, education and training and the strengthening of environmental and social standards. It thus supports the development of holiday destinations. The globally active TUI Care Foundation initiates projects that create new opportunities for the next generation.