Dieter Vranckx appointed as new chair of Brussels Airlines

Former Brussels Airlines CEO will continue to support the airline in the board

Brussels, July 1, 2024 – As of today, Dieter Vranckx will become the new chairperson of the board at SN Airholding, the holding company of Brussels Airlines. Vranckx will succeed Christina Foerster, who is leaving Lufthansa Group. Vranckx has a longstanding career in aviation and is also former CEO of Brussels Airlines.

Dieter Vranckx, who was born in 1973 is a Belgian national. He has a commercial engineer diploma and MBA from the Solvay business school in Brussels and started his career in aviation in 1998 at Sabena as a Management Trainee. After several roles at Swiss and Lufthansa, Vranckx joined Brussels Airlines in 2018, first as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer. In 2021, Vranckx became CEO of Swiss, also part of Lufthansa Group.

Four months ago, Lufthansa Group announced that Dieter Vranckx would be appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group. As from July 1, Vranckx will be responsible for Global Markets and Commercial Steering Hubs. Additionally to that role, he will also become the chairman of Brussels Airlines.

“Brussels Airlines has been an important part of my career, and I am happy to return as chairperson to the board of SN Airholding. It’s wonderful to see how far Brussels Airlines has come, and what an exciting future this airline has ahead.”
Dieter Vranckx, chairperson, SN Airholding

Brussels Airlines is 100% owned by the SN Airholding. The shares of SN Airholding are 100% owned by Lufthansa Group since 2016.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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