Klaus Meisterl named Head of Sales Austria

  • Stephan Linhart joins Lufthansa Airlines as Head of Sales Eastern Europe & Israel
  • Sales team leaders remain trusted contact persons
  • CCO Michael Trestl: “I am pleased that with Klaus Meisterl we have gained a long-standing Austrian Airlines manager with wideranging experience.”

The Austrian sales organization in Austria is getting a new management: As of 1 May, 2023, Klaus Meisterl will take over the sales responsibility of Lufthansa Group Airlines (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines and Swiss) for the Austrian and Slovakian markets as Head of Sales Austria & Slovakia, succeeding the current Head Stephan Linhart. The team leaders of Sales Austria, Alexander Schnecke (Corporate Customers), Susanne Pamminger (Leisure Travel), Angelika Grubhofer (Charter) and Marcus Lenk (Group Sales) and their key account managers will remain the usual contact persons for customers and sales partners.

“I am pleased that with Klaus Meisterl we have gained a long-standing Austrian Airlines manager with wideranging experience and have been able to fill this strategically important position from within our own ranks. I would like to thank Stephan Linhart for his excellent work, which he will now continue for another area of responsibility. I wish them both every success in their new roles”, said Austrian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Michael Trestl.

Klaus Meisterl (52) began his career at Austrian Airlines in 1997 and has held various management positions in Network Management and Sales during his career. This also included the management of the Corporate Customer Division in Austria. In 2015, he moved to the Operations division and took over the management of the entire Ground Operations Organization in Austria. In 2021, he was appointed Head of Passenger & Aircraft Handling, Station Manager Vienna and aligned the operational and organizational set-up of the Austrian Airlines Ground Operations organization at the home hub Vienna to the requirements after the restart. 

The current Head of Sales for Austria & Slovakia Stephan Linhart (50) will join Lufthansa Airlines and assume the position of Head of Sales Eastern Europe & Israel. In this function, he will be responsible for sales in the entire Eastern European region, which is also of strategic importance for Austrian with its Vienna hub. He will perform his new role from Vienna. Linhart started with Austrian Airlines in 1996 in passenger handling at Vienna Airport. He then held various management positions in Pricing and Revenue Management until 2016, when he took over sales responsibility for Lufthansa Group airlines in Austria and Slovakia.

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