Max Kownatzki takes charge as CEO of Sun Express

Vows to take Turkish-German airline venture to new heights

Tuba Sahin   | 15.04.2020
Max Kownatzki takes charge as CEO of Sun Express


Max Kownatzki on Wednesday officially took charge as chief executive officer of Sun Express, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa.

“Despite the harsh conditions in the entire aviation industry caused by the pandemic, we will take SunExpress further on its journey of success and strengthen its position as a leading carrier in the leisure airline market," Kownatzki said.

He said the airline continues carrying those stranded due the pandemic to their home countries via "rescue" flights.

The aviation industry has been hit hard amid travel restrictions for both domestic and international flights to stem the spread of the virus.

"But we believe the aviation industry will survive this crisis and even emerge from it stronger,” he said.

He underlined that by creating a bridge between Turkey and Europe, the airline will contribute to Turkish tourism and the economy.

Kownatzki, 47, has extensive experience in the airline industry, with a particular focus on strategic and commercial areas.

He was responsible for network planning and strategic alliances of the Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

He succeeded Jens Bischof, who has been appointed CEO of another airline, Eurowings.

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