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AUSTRIAN AIR SAYS KLAUS FROESE TO HEAD TYROLEAN AIRWAYS (ENG)


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(The following press release from Austrian Airlines was received by e-mail. It was not confirmed by the sender.)

28.11.2012 / 157e

Klaus Froese becomes new Managing Director of Tyrolean

Klaus Froese (49), currently the managing director of Lufthansa CityLine, is to become the new managing director of Tyrolean Airways from 1 February 2013. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group have been bundled in Tyrolean Airways since 1 July 2012.

Jaan Albrecht, CEO Austrian Airlines, said the following: “I am pleased Klaus Froese has agreed to our request for him to support the reorientation of the Austrian Airlines Group. The combination of management expertise in cabin, cockpit, technical operations and his personal experience as a pilot make him the perfect addition to our group. The quality of his expertise and proven ability to manage issues such as integration, safety and quality made it clear to us that he was exactly the person we were looking for.”

Froese takes over from Gaudenz Ambühl (61), who fulfilled the function exceptionally during the transitional period immediately following the transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean Airways. After working as the COO on the SWISS Executive Board, Ambühl had already retired, and was initially employed as a consultant on the restructuring efforts of the new management team under Jaan Albrecht at Austrian Airlines.

Klaus Froese began his career as a pilot in 1987, as a first officer with the predecessor of Lufthansa CityLine, Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH, or DLT. He has working as a pilot for the Lufthansa Group since 1989. He has worked as a pilot on the Embraer 120 and 190/195, Bombardier CRJ 200/700/900, Fokker 50, Boeing 737, and Boeing 747, and as a training captain on the Airbus A320 fleet.

Klaus Froese began his management career whilst still a pilot in 1998, when he was appointed manager of Quality Management. In 2002, he took over the management of the Group Safety Pilot and Quality Management Operations department of Lufthansa. In 2006, Froese, who was born in Bonn, was appointed as the managing director of Lufthansa CityLine GmbH. As part of overall commercial management, his immediate scope of responsibilities will take in flight operations, including cabin, ground operations, crew training and integrated technical operations. During this time, he will be called upon to oversee a wide-ranging fleet renewal programme and the restructuring of the company as a hub carrier within Lufthansa’s European traffic.

Lufthansa CityLine is a sister company of Austrian Airlines and a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Its fleet includes 60 medium- and short-haul jets. Lufthansa CityLine employs around 2,300 people.

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