UK tour operator Thomas Cook Group is reorganising its leisure airline subsidiaries and introducing a new senior management structure.
Thomas Cook's airline branches in the UK and Belgium will be restructured into a single unit that will also subsume German sister carrier Condor, effective 1 March.
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia will be operated separately for the time being, the UK-headquartered group says, as it is based on a different business model. But the Scandinavian unit will cooperate closely with the new airline structure "across all functional areas" and "explore ways to integrate more fully in the medium term".
"At a time when the European airline industry is experiencing major change, we believe that our airline will be stronger as one integrated business," says Christoph Debus, group head of air travel.
Debus will chair the group airline management board together with Condor chief executive Ralf Teckentrup.
The senior executive team will also include Torben Østergaard, chief executive of Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia; Paul Horstink, head of group maintenance; and Nikolaus Kirner, the group's procurement director.
Cor Vrieswijk has now been appointed chief operating officer for Thomas Cook's UK airline, replacing outgoing managing director Frank Pullman on 1 March.
Vrieswijk was formerly chief operating officer at EasyJet, but he resigned from that post in 2010. He also had a brief stint as Air Malta's chief executive, as well as working as an aviation consultant.