Management

Jean-Christophe Degen

Jean-Christophe Degen (49) has taken over the functions as Managing Director of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium on the 16th of March 2013. JC has extensive experience of the airline business which will help in evolving  TC Airlines Belgium through its challenges in the new Airline Group.

JC started his career in the Belgian Air Force in 1987 as Fighter Pilot. After the completion of a 12 years contract, he joined Sabena. After 2 years flying as Captain AVRO RJ in a regular airline, JC decided to start a new career in the Cargo world within TNT Airways where he took the position as Chief Pilot for 4 years. In those challenging years, he had to develop the Boeing 737 sector consisting of 4 aircraft to a stable and efficient operation of 11 planes.

Seven years later, JC joined Netjets Europe in Lisbon for one year and the following year he flew for Europe Airport in Paris. In 2010, he started as contracted Captain on Airbus 320 in Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and took over the position of Director Flight Operations beginning 2011. JC has now 14 years airline experience and is also a qualified Instructor and Examiner on Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

 

 

Paul Schwaiger

Paul Schwaiger (62) has been appointed as Commercial Director Continental Europe Thomas Cook Group Airlines and will be responsible for Condor’s and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium‘s short- and medium-haul business.

Paul Schwaiger is a trained commercial air transport officer and has worked in various positions in sales, marketing and product management at Lufthansa in Hamburg, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. After a period of time working for SunExpress in Antalya with responsibility for the commercial management, he then spent three years having responsibility for Lufthansa Touristic. In 1996, Schwaiger moved  to Condor in order to take over the management of the tour operator, Fischer Reisen GmbH in Hamburg where he spent the next four years. In July 2000 he transferred to the management of the joint venture company SunExpress, where he stayed for the next 15 years. In July 2015 he moved into project management working at Lufthansa Headquarters in Frankfurt. 

In his new position at Condor, Schwaiger will develop the network of the touristic airlines Condor and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. 

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