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

TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 250 index and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.