airberlin: Thilo Schäfer appointed new Managing Director at Leisure Cargo

Berlin, (PresseBox) - Thilo Schäfer (49) will take the reins as Managing Director of Leisure Cargo - the airline specialist for total cargo management - on 1 March 2016. He will lead the company together with Dr. Klaus Sieger, who in recent months has pressed ahead with the positive development at Leisure Cargo over 2015.

Thilo Schäfer previously held the position of Vice President Global Handling at Lufthansa Cargo, where most recently he carried overall responsibility for process and quality management, digitisation, lean logistics and innovation management. Schäfer is a 20-year veteran of the aviation industry. A qualified business engineer, he was in charge of developing Time Definite Services, where he also managed sales in Germany. The seasoned logistics expert has acquired international experience working in Asia and Europe.

Stefan Pichler, CEO airberlin: "We have recruited an extremely experienced air cargo manager in Thilo Schäfer. His extensive knowledge of the logistics industry will allow him to play a key role in shaping Leisure Cargo's ongoing strategic development as a 'virtual cargo airline'."

Thilo Schäfer: "I am looking forward to my new challenges very much, particularly building and expanding new customer relationships in Germany and abroad. I am convinced that our strong team and global partners will allow the future-oriented and successful development of Leisure Cargo to continue."

About Leisure Cargo

Leisure Cargo GmbH is a 100 percent subsidiary of Air Berlin PLC & Co Luftverkehrs KG. The company provides total cargo management services for passenger airlines. Leisure Cargo specialises in turnkey solutions for marketing and managing cargo capacity. At the moment, Leisure Cargo supports 16 airlines and has a portfolio of over 300 destinations. Leisure Cargo customers include Air Europa, Condor, TUI Group airlines, Air Transat and airberlin. The company is based in Dusseldorf.

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG i.I.

airberlin is one of the leading airlines in Europe and flies to 147 destinations worldwide each year. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 30.2 million passengers in 2015. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21 percent share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld® airline alliance. topbonus, the frequent flyer programme of airberlin is one of the leading programs in Europe with more than 4 million members. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 21 airlines. The fleet is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe. Together with other airlines, airberlin belongs to Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand with which Etihad has been uniting shared activities since the end of 2014.

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