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Spairliners Welcomes Abdelouahab El Fettouhi as New CEO

Abdelouahab El Fettouhi joins Spairliners as a new Managing Director and CEO
Component specialist for Embraer E-Jet family changes its management team

Hamburg, Germany – March 14, 2024 – Spairliners, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, proudly announces the appointment of Abdelouahab El Fettouhi as its new Managing Director and CEO, starting from March 1, 2024. He joins Michael Vollrath, who remains Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, as both jointly head the executive board of the leading component provider in the E-Jets after sales market. Abdel brings a wealth of expertise to Spairliners, having previously held several key positions at Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which enables him to lead Spairliners into the next phase of innovation and operational excellence.
From Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to Leading Spairliners
With a distinguished career spanning over 15 years at Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Abdel has made significant contributions across various key roles, including Customer Support Director, Middle East Sales Director, Technical Sales Manager, Supply Chain Manager, and Purchasing Manager. His extensive knowledge and experience in the aviation industry play a pivotal role in driving Spairliners‘ ongoing success.
Abdel holds a master’s degree in engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers and an advanced Master’s degree from ESSEC Business School. His academic background, coupled with hands-on experience, provides him with a unique blend of skills beneficial for navigating the complexities of the aviation service industry.

“I am honored to be appointed Managing Director and CEO of Spairliners and I look forward to starting this new role within the Spairliners family. The aviation industry and our MRO business are amid a significant transformation, presenting various challenges that call for additional efforts and groundbreaking innovative solutions to capitalize on the opportunities ahead. Co-leading such an agile and dynamic company is an exhilarating venture as we consistently evolve to optimally address our customers‘ evolving needs.“

A New Chapter at Spairliners

Abdel succeeds Benoît Rollier as Managing Director and CEO. Under Abdel’s leadership, Spairliners is set to continue its legacy of delivering exceptional component services for the Embraer E-Jet family, with a renewed focus on strategic growth and customer satisfaction.

„I would like to express my gratitude to Benoît for his outstanding achievements. I aspire to contribute to Spairliners with the same commitment and effectiveness that he has demonstrated over the years, building upon the solid foundation he has established.“

About Spairliners:
Spairliners GmbH was founded in 2005 as a joint venture equally owned by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik, with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The company specializes in component services for the Embraer E-Jet Family, including the E170/175 and E190/195 series. Its offerings encompass a range of services from a single source, enhanced by engineering expertise. These services include component access, home base stock lease, stand-alone repair, and assets optimization, along with tooling.

As a leader in Integrated Component Care, Spairliners has become a trusted supplier to world-renowned airlines, such as Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, HOP!, and Lufthansa CityLine. The company also operates logistic hubs in Paris, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Munich to support its global operations.

In 2015, Spairliners expanded its reach into the Americas by opening a sales office in Miami, FL. This extension led to the establishment of a warehouse and logistics hub in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which now supports the company’s customers in the region, along with AOG and ad-hoc exchange clients.

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AviTrader Magazine: Spairliners featured in the North America Edition and Embraer Supplement


As we are approaching MRO Americas, AviTrader MRO Magazine has caught up with Spairliners‘ CEO, Thies Möller, who shares insights about the broad range of component services the company supports for #Embraer aircraft and the growth potential he sees in the market. Further, Taco Stouten, Head of Sales at Spairliners, gives his view on the MRO market developments in North America as the regional aircraft utilization rate has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Read the full articles here.


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Meet Spairliners at MRO Americas 2022

12 April 2022

Meet Spairliners at MRO Americas 2022

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Spairliners and Collins Aerospace in Poland agree to new evacuation slide repair contract

13 January 2022

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Austrian Airlines and Spairliners extend E-Jet component support contract

11 January 2022

Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in E-Jet aircraft family, and Austrian Airlines sign a flight hour agreement to extend the component support for Austrian Airline’s E-Jet fleet.

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AviTrader Magazine: Taco Stouten, Head of Sales and Marketing, sharing his views about the way forward for the aviation industry in the MRO Outlook 2022


As the year is coming to an end, Spairliners‘ Head of Sales and Marketing, Taco Stouten, speaks to AviTrader Monthly MRO Magazine’s Keith Mwanalushi about the MRO Outlook for 2022 and beyond.

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Spairliners & Fokker Services Establish MRO Component Support Agreement

9 November 2021

Spairliners, a leading Component Support supplier, and Fokker Services, an Independent Aerospace Service Provider, have entered a new partnership.

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AviTrader Magazine: René Popp, Head of Engineering and AOG Desk at Spairliners on how USM trends bolster a cost efficient return to service


René Popp, Head of Engineering and AOG Desk at Spairliners, joins AviTrader Monthly MRO Magazine’s Keith Mwanalushi for the discussion on how used serviceable materials (USM) are creating an opportunity to help aircraft operators and MROs reduce costs while maintaining operational efficiency.

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Meet Spairliners at MRO Europe 2021

22 September 2021

Meet Spairliners at MRO Europe 2021

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Leader in aircraft component support appoints two experienced aviation experts to management team

15 June 2021

Spairliners welcomes new Head of Sales & Marketing as well as Head of Engineering, Asset & AOG-Desk.

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