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Press release

Leader in aircraft component support appoints two experienced aviation experts to management team

Hamburg, June 15, 2021

Spairliners welcomes new Head of Sales & Marketing as well as Head of Engineering, Asset & AOG-Desk.

Effective 1st June, Spairliners has welcomed two new members to its management team - Taco Stouten as Head of Sales & Marketing and René Popp assuming the role Head of Engineering, Asset & AOG-Desk.

Taco Stouten joins the OEM-independent leader in component support for the Airbus A380 and the Embraer E-Jet family after 12-years with Airbus, where he held roles in the Sales and Marketing department as Manager for Cabin Market Insights and Airline Marketing Manager amongst others. At Airbus, he developed a solid track record in aircraft sales, including A380, and helped generate substantial revenue for the company.

“Taco has proven to be highly skilled in identifying customer needs and providing airlines with customized and cost-saving solutions for their fleet requirements. We are confident that he will build on these skills to further elevate our highly flexible component support solutions, especially as we diversify our products to better address the changing needs of A380 operators and increase our focus on innovative offerings for Embraer E-Jet family operators.”

Thies Möller

CEO and Managing Director of Spairliners

As the new Head of Engineering, Asset & AOG-Desk, René Popp is bringing a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to Spairliners, after having worked at Airbus as well as SAFRAN, where he was overseeing business units in commercial, technical and contractual negotiations as Director of Customer Relations.

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René will be taking over from Francois de Larambergue, who will take on a new role within Spairliners’ shareholder, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance. The new appointments will support an internal reorganization aimed at increasing the focus on market demands and efficiency in a rapidly changing business context. As part of these efforts, Jens Rehder has been appointed Head of Finance & Account Management, adding the leadership of the account management team to his existing responsibilities. Benjamin Gabrielle takes on the responsibility of procurement and supplier contract management, as he is appointed Head of Procurement & Supply Chain Solutions.

About Spairliners

Spairliners GmbH was founded in 2005 as an equally split joint venture between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik and located with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The company offers component services for the Airbus A380 and the Embraer E-Jet Family, comprising of the E170/175 and E190/195 series. Its multiple services are provided from a single source and combined with engineering expertise. These include component access, home base stock lease, stand-alone repair, and assets optimization as well as tooling. As a market leader in Integrated Component Care, Spairliners is a trusted and proven supplier to world-renowned airlines such as, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, HOP! and Lufthansa CityLine. The company operates logistic hubs in Paris, Frankfurt, Singapore, Miami and Munich.

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