Aer Lingus selects ex-TUI airline head Mueller as CEO

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Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus has named former TUI Travel airline head Christoph Mueller as its new chief executive, following the departure of Dermot Mannion.

Mueller, who stepped down from TUI Travel in May, will take over at the helm of the Dublin-based airline on 1 October.

Aer Lingus has been struggling to cope with heavy losses and falling demand, particularly in its long-haul sector. Mueller says: "The company has an internationally renowned brand and while there are many challenges ahead, I am excited about the medium-term prospects for the business."

Formerly a manager with Lufthansa, Mueller came to prominence within the industry in 2000 when turmoil at Belgium's Sabena pushed him to the head of the ailing airline, where he tried - ultimately unsuccessfully - to rescue the carrier in its final months of operation.

He subsequently became the chief financial officer at DHL Worldwide before joining German tour giant TUI Group in 2006, and overseeing the aviation division which included all of TUI's in-house carriers.