Hatton takes up TUI reins

In a further realignment of its senior airline management roles, leisure giant TUI has appointed Kevin Hatton, 57, as the new chief executive of TUI Airline Management. He succeeds Wolfgang Kurth, who is concentrating on establishing TUI's recently launched, low-cost arm Hapag-Lloyd Express.

TUI AG has bundled the Group's aviation activities within TUI Airline Management since the beginning of 2002. It is responsible for Britannia Airways (UK), Britannia Airways (Scandinavia), Corsair (France), Hapag-Lloyd Flug (Germany), and supports Neos (Italy) and White Eagle Aviation (Poland). These carriers have an overall fleet of 88 aircraft, a workforce of 7,500, and carried 19 million passengers last year.

Hatton was appointed managing director of Britannia Airways UK in January 2001, and will continue in this role as well as heading up TUI Airline Management. "I see my role in working with my fellow airline managing directors and their respective teams in the delivery of further synergistic benefits and the sharing of best practice, so that we are a truly competitive force to be reckoned with in each of our source markets," he says.

He began his career in 1963 at BEA (British European Airways), and joined BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) as overseas station officer in 1966. In 1988, Hatton was appointed head of UK and Ireland Sales, and in 1993 he was promoted to managing director British Airways World Cargo.

Source: Airline Business