Luxaviation fills senior roles in Germany


Helicopter and fixed wing operator Luxaviation has appointed Joachim Krüger and Paul van der Blom to senior roles within the German side of the business, writes Megan Kelly.

Krüger (pictured left) will take on the role of vice president of Northern Europe and MD of the German Entities, while van der Blom has been appointed as director for Commercial Development of the Northern European region.

The two appointments are part of a strategy to “reinforce activities in the German market by counting on renowned experts well positioned in the ecosystem”, the company said. Luxaviation has been operating helicopter management, charter and sales in Germany since 2011, when it acquired Fairjets which had been active in the region since 2006. Luxaviation retained its management and base in Paderborn, and has bilateral agreements with aviation authorities in Italy, Austria, Sweden, Spain and Denmark.

Krüger comes to the role with more than two decades of experience in business aviation. He co-founded Fairjets before the firm was acquired by Luxaviation.

Van der Blom brings 30 years of experience in commercial aviation across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He previously acted as director of Business Development, Aircraft Operational Management at ExecuJet and was director of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions Services in Asia for Hawker Pacific.

Luxaviation said its FBOs at Berlin and Munich are high revenue generators. The company is refurbishing the current General Aviation Terminal (GAT) at Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (BER) in order to meet new European Standards in 2023.

“Luxaviation is well established in the German market,” said Krüger. “The strengthening of our teams confirms our commitment to providing global support to our clients and allows us to accentuate our development particularly in Germany, which represents a mature and dynamic aeronautical market and a source of opportunities.”

The company has been building its presence in Europe over the past few years. Last summer, it snapped up ExecuJet’s Zurich FBO and Hangar Operations, as well as Luxaviation’s Swiss Aircraft Management and Charter Division, adding two private ramps and two hangars to its Zurich footprint.

Back in June, Luxaviation boosted its safety standards with the launch of a new programme developed by its company FlySkills together with the risk assessment and certification business Socotec.