New management for VIP and Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik


Kai-Stefan Roepke, vice president of commercials, and Thomas Decher, vice president of operations, have been selected to lead Lufthansa Technik’s VIP and Special Mission Aircraft Services division following the retirement of Walter Heerdt.

“I thank Walter Heerdt for the excellent work that he has done in various positions at Lufthansa Technik over the past decades,” said Constanze Hufenbecher, member of the Lufthansa Technik executive board for finance, corporate services and VIP.

“As head of our VIP and Special Mission Aircraft activities, he was very successful in adapting this business area to the challenges of a volatile market in recent years. At the same time, I know that the division is in the best possible hands now with his successors, Kai-Stefan Roepke and Thomas Decher.

“The two of them have many years of experience in this business area, which is needed to further extend Lufthansa Technik’s leading position as a provider of technical services in the VIP, special mission and government market. We will therefore be continuing to invest in this area and in our Hamburg [Germany] site.”

In recent weeks, the company has signed contracts with two government customers for major modifications on three A340 aircraft and one A319, along with the completion of an A321. Further contracts are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.

May 25, 2017

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