“Management Interlocking of Technical Operations in Bratislava and Innsbruck”

Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8447d87c-23cb-4e06-9284-1c58729c0e82-210x300The technical operations subsidiaries of Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Technik based Innsbruck and Austrian Technik Bratislava (ATB) want to cooperate more closely in the future. The aim is to be strongly present on third markets. Both technical operations firms derive about 60% of their revenue from other customers in addition to Austrian Airlines.


Whereas ATB specializes in the heavy maintenance of Fokker and Embraer jets, Tyrolean Technik is a specialist for the line maintenance and heavy maintenance of Bombardier Dash 8-400 aircraft. Against the backdrop of efforts to strengthen the companies externally and further improve internal working processes, the two managing directors, namely Wolfgang Henle of ATB and Bernd Meyer of Tyrolean Technik will become co-managing directors of the respective other company. A corporate linkage of the two companies is not under consideration.


Wolfgang Henle (55), currently Sole Managing Director of ATB located in Bratislava, will be appointed to the executive management of Tyrolean Airways Luftfahrzeuge Technik GmbH (in short: “Tyrolean Technik” or “TAT“) based in Innsbruck as of August 1, 2016. Bernd Meyer (48), at present the Sole Managing Director of Tyrolean Technik, will also be given co-responsibility for the management of Austrian Technik Bratislava effective August 1, 2016. Mr. Henle will focus on commercial matters in his capacity as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), whereas Mr. Meyer will coordinate operational issues in his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO).


“As market leaders in their respective segments, both ATB and Tyrolean Technik have the potential to expand their business on third markets. It is much more effective to exploit this sales and marketing potential together than alone. I wish both managing directors every success“, says Kay Kratky, Chief Executive Officer of the parent company Austrian Airlines.


Wolfgang Henle (55) studied business administration and physics. He worked as a scientist in Innsbruck, Munich and Berlin before beginning his aviation career in 1994 as a copilot for Tyrolean Airways. At the end of 1996 he was appointed to serve as Head of Operations Administration and was a member of the Extended Executive Board. In 2007 he assumed the position of Head of Risk Management of the Austrian Airlines Group before being named Head of Controlling in 2010. In the year 2013, Wolfgang Henle was appointed as Managing Director of Austrian Technik in Bratislava.


After being trained as a certified engineer in mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel in Germany, Bernd Meyer began his professional career in 1995 as a project engineer for Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt. In the year 2000, he assumed his first management position as “Head of Production Engine Overhaul” for Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt. In the years 2005-2008, he worked as Vice President Engine Overhaul for Ameco in Beijing, a Lufthansa-Air China joint venture. In 2008, he was named Vice President Base Maintenance of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, a Lufthansa Technik subsidiary in the field of base and heavy maintenance for Airbus A320, A330, A340 and A380 aircraft, with responsibility for about 2,700 employees. Since 2015, he serves as Managing Director of Tyrolean Technik.


Tyrolean Technik can look back at a decades-long tradition, but was first formally spun off as a separate company as of March 1, 2015 with headquarters in Innsbruck within the context of the reorganization of the entire Austrian Airlines Group. About 120 technicians work at the facility in Tyrol’s capital, specializing in the maintenance of Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft.


Austrian Technik Bratislava was founded in 2006 from what used to be Slovenske Aeroline. Some 180 employees work for the company in the capital city of Slovakia. ATB is the world’s largest specialist for the maintenance of Fokker jets. The aircraft technicians at ATB also have maintenance licenses for Embraer and Airbus planes.


Source:- Austrian Airlines

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