New management structure at the helm of the Brussels Airlines Operations Department

A new management structure will be set up for the operational departments at Brussels Airlines, directly reposting to Bernard Gustin, CEO of the airline and legally responsible for the activities of the company. Peter Kranich, the current COO, is leaving the company in consultation with the management, after having shared his expertise and commitment. Dirk Vrebos and Thibault Demoulin, both already Brussels Airlines employees, take over the helm from October 1st.

Peter Kranich, Chief Operations Officer at Brussels Airlines since March 2012 is leaving the company on 30 September. He has contributed to the implementation of the restructuring plan “Beyond” within the operational departments of Brussels Airlines, not only at the level of cabin crew and pilots, but also within the maintenance and ground operations departments. On behalf of all employees the management of the Belgian company wishes to thank Peter Kranich for his contribution.

A dual structure under the supervision of the CEO

From October 1st Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines, takes over the legal responsibility for the activities of the company. Thibault Demoulin, currently Vice President Flight Operations, and Dirk Vrebos, currently Vice President Corporate Development, will take over the tasks of Peter Kranich and will both report directly to Bernard Gustin. “Their expertise is an important asset for our company”, says the CEO. “With their extensive experience in ground and flight operations they are perfectly complementary”.

Ground Operations

All ground operations, including the maintenance department, the airport services department and the security department, will fall under the responsibility of Dirk Vrebos, Vice President Operations, Deputy Accountable, responsible for Ground Operations, Security and Maintenance. This structure consists of around 1100 employees.

Flight Operations

Thibault Demoulin, Airbus A330 captain, will be responsible for all aspects of the flight operations of the airline. In his capacity of Vice President Operations, Deputy Accountable, responsible for Flight Operations he will head the pilots, cabin crew and the operations center of the company, which together are around 1700 employees.

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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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 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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