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Brussels Airlines Appoints Tilman Reinshagen as New Chief Operating Officer

Brussels Airlines has appointed Tilman Reinshagen as the carrier’s new Chief Operating Officer effective July 1st, 2022. Mr. Reinshagen currently serves as the Lufthansa Group’s Vice President Ground Operations Hub Airlines Frankfurt.


Brussels Airlines' New Chief Operating Officer, Tilman Reinshagen - Courtesy Brussels Airlines

On Friday (April 8, 2022), Brussels Airlines announced the appointment of Tilman Reinshagen (40) as the airline’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective July 1st, 2022. Mr. Reinshagen currently serves as Lufthansa Group’s Vice President Ground Operations Hub Airlines Frankfurt. In his new role, Reinshagen will head the Flight Operations, Maintenance & Engineering, and Ground Operations departments at Brussels Airlines. He succeeds Brussels Airlines’ former COO, Edi Wolfensberger, who left the carrier on March 31, 2022 for a new role at Eurowings, another Group airline. In the interim, Simon Kinsey, Director of Flight Operations for Brussels Airlines, has temporarily taken over the roles of COO and Accountable Manager.


In Friday’s announcment, Brussels Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Peter Gerber, said,


“I am very happy that Tilman will join the Management Board of Brussels Airlines. With his vast experience inside and outside the Lufthansa Group and his strong leadership skills, I am convinced that he will successfully lead our operational teams and contribute to our readiness for future challenges.”

Tilman Reinshagen began his aviation career in 2003 as a passenger service agent, and later became a management trainee. He has held various positions within the Group over the years including Station Manager Frankfurt for SWISS and Lufthansa’s Quality Manager – Spain & Portugal. In 2013, he started at LSG (the Group’s catering company) as Managing Director LSG Düsseldorf, followed by his role as Director of Operations – Frankfurt International. In 2017, he left the Lufthansa Group to join the management team at Apple, before returning to the Group in 2019 to lead the Ground Operations of the largest Group station in Frankfurt, where he serves today.


Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium and a member of the Lufthansa Group. The carrier connects the European capital to over 70 destinations including 60 European, 15 African, two North American and Tel Aviv. Brussels Airlines operates 38 aircraft and has over 3,100 employees, supporting over 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. The carrier offers competitive fares and the highest levels of service quality, including bespoke onboard meals curated by yearly changing ‘Belgian Star Chefs.’ Founded in 2002, Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and is 100 percent owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.



Source: Brussels Airlines