Hannover, 6 December 2018

TUI Aviation: Stronger cooperation among the TUI Group Airlines

  • Kenton Jarvis heads network of 150 airplanes, flying 27 million passengers
  • Marco Ciomperlik becomes Chief Operations Officer
  • Passengers will benefit from TUI’s investment in new airplanes along with Inflight Services initiatives and joint spare airplane capacity management 

TUI Aviation, which covers the Group’s five leisure airlines in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Germany, creates a new organisational model for the airline landscape and makes changes in management functions. In addition, TUI Group will further intensify the integration of its airlines with the source market organisations. Besides increasing efficiencies and the investment in fuel efficient next generation Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, passengers will benefit from initiatives like a group wide on-board streaming service for the latest entertainment content or a joint approach towards spare airplane capacity management which will reduce delays during flight schedule disruptions. 

“Our airlines operate in an environment characterised by increasingly fierce competition with both traditional airlines and low-cost carriers making in-roads onto core leisure routes. As a consequence of this competition there have been numerous airline washouts recently, which affects the availability of third-party capacity. This structural development underlines the importance of our in-house aviation capabilities, so that we can cover the core flight capacity requirements for our tour operators and also be able to build new destinations like Cape Verde and continue to develop existing destinations”, says Kenton Jarvis, Chief Executive Officer of TUI Aviation.

Kenton Jarvis has restructured TUI Aviation to create greater integration and relies on a strong management team. Marco Ciomperlik will become Chief Operations Officer in charge of the four areas: Engineering & Maintenance, Supplier Management & Procurement, Inflight Services and Aviation IT. Jill Nye has been newly appointed as Director Inflight Services. She will be in charge of inflight services, product selection and logistics in close coordination with the source markets. Geert Somers has been newly appointed as Director Engineering & Maintenance in charge of all maintenance work for the airlines and for Supplier Management & Procurement. Isabelle Droll will be the responsible Director for Aviation IT.

Dawn Wilson will take over the Northern Region Airlines as Managing Director from 1st January 2019. She will directly report to Kenton Jarvis. She has many years of 

experience at TUI in both aviation and operations and now heads the airlines in the UK and Scandinavia. Oliver Lackmann will become the sole Managing Director of TUI fly Germany, also reporting to Kenton. He was appointed Managing Director and Accountable Manager at TUI fly Germany in March 2018. Gunther Hofmann continues as Managing Director of TUI fly Belgium and TUI Netherlands airlines. 

The Managing Directors will also have lead responsibilities in the aviation platform functions which go across all TUI Group airlines. Dawn Wilson will be Director Airline Operations, in charge of Operations Control areas across the Group. Oliver Lackmann will assume the Group role of Director Flight Operations including Compliance & Safety Management. Gunther Hofmann will continue to be in charge of Ground Operations across the Group.

“Seamless interaction between operators and users of the Group’s aviation services is essential for achieving an efficient airline network. All three Airline Managing Directors are now integrated in the respective source market boards for Northern, Central and Western Regions. This will allow us to further improve collaboration and gain greater efficiencies from working together and ultimately increase customer satisfaction.” adds Kenton Jarvis.

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.