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ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2001. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 90
8058 ZURICH AIRPORT, SWITZERLAND
Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) was established in 1291, its covers an area of 41,293 sq km, its population is 7.5 million, its capital city is Berne, and its official languages are French, German, Italian, and Romanche.
MARCH 1996: SUBSIDIARY OF SWISSAIR (SWS). KNOWN AS BALAIR/(CTA) LEISURE LTD.
TO CODE SHARE WITH SOBELAIR (SBL), ZURICH & BRUSSELS TO SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) (767-300ER, 270 PAX).
NOVEMBER 1997: AFTER BEING DISSOLVED FOR A FEW YEARS, BALAIR/(CTC) (BCT) REORGANIZED AND RESTARTED OPERATIONS WITH 44 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 140 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 19 ADMINISTRATION, AND 2 A310'S. OTHER SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED BY SWISSAIR (SWS).
JANUARY 1998: APPLIED TO OPERATE CHARTERS TO USA.
JUNE 1998: FORT MYERS TO HALIFAX (A310-300).
JANUARY 1999: PLANS TO DISPOSE OF 2 A310-300'S, AND REPLACE WITH 2 767-300ER'S FLIGHTLEASED (FLL) TO ENABLE COMMONALITY WITH OTHER SAIR GROUP MEMBERS, SOBELAIR (SBL), LAUDA (LAL), AND AIR EUROPE ITALY (EIY) TO REDUCE MAINTENANCE & FLIGHT CREW COSTS.
APRIL 1999: 251 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 51 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 180 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
(http://www.balair-cta.ch). (firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: ZRHBSSR.
JUNE 1999: SAIRGROUP LEASING SUBSIDIARY FLIGHTLEASE (FLL) HAS STANDARDIZED ON SUBSIDIARY, CHARTER FLEET OPERATIONS, WITH $450 MILLION, 4/4 ORDERS 767-300ER'S WITH SOBELAIR (SBL) RECEIVING 1ST 2, IN 3/00, AND BALAIR/CTC (BCT) RECEIVING 2ND 2 IN 7/00, TO BE OPERATED BY (BCT), (SBL), (LTU), AND AIR EUROPE ITALY (EIY), AS PART OF EUROPEAN LEISURE GROUP.
AUGUST 1999: SOLD ITS 2 A310-300'S TO OMAN AIR (OMR). TO BE REPLACED BY 2 767-300'S, EX-AIR EUROPE ITALY (EIY), WHICH IN TURN, WILL BE REPLACED WITH 2 NEW 767-300'S, NEXT YEAR. 2 ORDERS (4/00) 757-200'S, (ILF) LEASED, FOR OPERATIONS FOR HOTELPLAN.
NOVEMBER 1999: TO MAURITIUS (WEEKLY).
MARCH 2000: 757-2Q8 (29379) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2000: CATHERINE STALKER (CEO).
757-200 DELIVERY (RB211-535E4).
MAY 2000: 767-300ER DELIVERY. NEW LIVERY HAS DROPPED "CTA" FROM NAME "BALAIR" AND HAS WHITE FUSELAGE, WITH DARK BLUE UNDERSIDE, PLUS FAMILIAR SWISSAIR (SWS) TAIL. THE "BALAIR" NAME IS PAINTED IN DIFFERENT COLORS ON ALL AIRPLANES.
AUGUST 2000: 767-3BGER (798-30564, HB-IHV), FLIGHTLEASED.
OCTOBER 2000: 767-35HER (26387) RETURNED, LEASED TO CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI). 767-3BGER (30565), FLIGHTLEASED (FLL).
NOVEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH SWISSAIR (SWS), TO COLOMBO.
1 767-35HER (26388, C-GHLK), TO CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI).
MARCH 2001: PARENT SAIRGROUP (SWS) IS CONSIDERING MERGING BALAIR (BCT) WITH CROSSAIR (CSR). BALAIR'S MAJOR CUSTOMERS ARE TOUR OPERATORS: HOTELPLAN, AND KUONI. KUONI IS NOW USING EDELWEISS AIR (EDE), SO (BCT) MAY SEE A DECLINE IN BUSINESS.
APRIL 2001: SAIRGROUP (SWS) PLANS BY END OF 2002 TO INTEGRATE BALAIR (BCT) INTO CROSSAIR (CSR) (SHORT-HAUL OPERATIONS) & SWISSAIR (SWS) (LONG-HAUL OPERATIONS).
MAY 2001: RESUMES TO MIAMI (767-300, WEEKLY).
JUNE 2001: BEAT SCHAR (CEO) SWISSAIR (SWS), AND INTERIM (CEO) BALAIR (BCT).
2 767'S HAVE BEEN SOLD. (BCT) TO BE ABSORBED INTO CROSSAIR (CSR). 2 757-200'S TO BE TRANSFERRED TO (CSR).
OCTOBER 2001: IN WAKE OF SWISSAIR (SWS) BANKRUPTCY, SWISS TOUR OPERATOR HOTELPLAN, CREATES A NEW COMPANY NAMED "BELAIR" AND WILL HAVE ITS 2 757-200'S FLOWN BY "BALAIR" (BCT).
NOVEMBER 2001: LAUDA AIR (LAL) OPERATIONS, 12 MEDIUM-HAUL AND 12 LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS ON BEHALF OF BALAIR (BCT) CHARTER, FOR HOTELPLAN. CHANGES AIRLINE NAME FROM "BALAIR" (BCT), TO "BELAIR" (BLB).
DECEMBER 2001: TO MOMBASA (757-200, WEEKLY CHARTER) FOR HOTELPLAN AND SOMAK TRAVEL.
JANUARY 2002: 767-3BGER (30565, HB-IHW) LEASED TO ETHIOPIAN (ETH).
July 2002: 1 767-300ER (PW4060) (27600), ex-Air Europe Italy (EIY), (ILF) 3 year leased, wet-leased to Hotelplan (HOT). Has replaced it with 1 A330-200, (ILF) leased.
November 2002: In summer 2003, will coordinate its charter activities with Edelweiss Air (EDE) in an effort to reduce over-capacity in the market.
April 2003: 295 employees.
August 2003: (LTU) takes over 100% of Leisure Cargo GmbH, Dusseldorf, as a joint venture with Swiss Cargo. Leisure Cargo, headed by Ralf Auslander, markets belly hold capacity of the combined 75 airplanes of (LTU), Air Europe (EIY), Sobelair (SBL), Belair (BLB), Iberworld (IBW), Volare (VLR), East African Safari Airlines (EFZ), and Islas Airways. The company operates from Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich with 78 subagents world wide.
October 2003: Selects Lufthansa Systems' Netline product line to manage flight operations and crew management.
April 2004: 295 employees. SITA: ZRHB04T.
Awards (ARINC) a networking contract using (ARINC)'s File Transfer Protocol to transfer (IATA)-compliant Type B messages between itself and its trading partners.
April 2005: Belair (BLB) operates charter flights to destinations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Far East for its parent company Hotelplan and ad hoc charters for 3rd parties.
130 employees (including 32 Flight Crew (FC), & 85 Cabin Attendants (CA)).
(IATA) Code: 4T. (ICAO) Code: BHP (Callsign - BELAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Hotelplan (100%).
Main Base: Zurich Kloten airport (ZRH). SITA CODE: ZRHBO4T.
August 2006: Belair (BLB), will launch 757-200 flights from Zurich to Zanzibar and Abu Dhabi during the winter season.
March 2007: 7 months after solidifying its position in Germany with the purchase of dba (DBA), Air-Berlin (BER) established itself as the 4th-largest carrier in Europe with the acquisition of leisure carrier (LTU), for which it will pay €140 million. The deal, which is subject to approval from competition authorities, includes a provision requiring (BER) to assume €200 million in (LTU) debts. (BER) also announced its intention to buy 49% of Swiss carrier Belair (BLB). Its expansion gained traction with last summer's acquisition of dba (DBA) and speculation concerning (LTU)'s fate continued even as that airline explored a partnership with Condor (CDF). (BER) expects the merger to drive annual synergies of up to €100 million. (LTU) will remain independent and maintain its name and management personnel. In a statement, (BER) (CEO) Joachim Hunold ruled out other job losses. (LTU)'s European routes will be integrated into (BER)'s network. "Many of our clients wanted (BER) to offer long-haul routes. Now we can do that, in addition to our German and European networks," Hunold said.
Condor (CDF) will be involved as a code share partner as (BER) ends its relationship with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). "Schedules of both carriers will fit perfectly together," Condor (CDF) Managing Director Ralf Teckentrup said. Condor (CDF) operates 36 airplanes and flew 7.8 million passengers last year. (LTU) operates 15 A320s/A321s and 11 A330s/A340s, employs 2,244 and transported 5.3 million passengers in 2006. Air-Berlin (BER) carried 16.8 million passengers aboard 93 airplanes and has 4,000 staff.
No further details were offered about (BER)'s interest in Belair (BLB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hotelplan Group, that in turn is a subsidiary of Migros. Belair (BLB) operates 2 757-200s and 1 767-300. It is suffering from competition from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s and a small seasonal domestic market, especially for charter carriers.
August 2007: Air-Berlin (BER) said both the European Commission (EC) and the German Federal Cartel Office have followed the Swiss Cartel Office in clearing its acquisition of 49% of Switzerland's Belair (BLB). A subsidiary of Hotelplan Group, (BLB) currently operates 2 757-200s and 1 767-300.
August 2008: AirBerlin (BER)'s 2nd-quarter net profit rose +38.3% to +€8.3 million/+$12.2 million compared to +€6 million in the year-ago period, if the 2007 results of (LTU), (BER)'s acquisition of which was approved in last year's 3rd quarter, are included.
The company said the profit increase demonstrated the strength of its low-cost business model. "In light of the trying times that the airline sector is currently experiencing, we are pleased with our result," (CEO) Joachim Hunold said. "Despite all the challenges stemming from the weakening global economy and the explosive development of kerosene prices, we remain optimistic about achieving a positive operating income for the current year." In a letter to shareholders, he pointed to (BER)'s fuel hedging program to explain how the carrier has "been able to handle the extreme price hikes for aviation fuel far better than some of our competitors." (BER) has said that 88% of its fuel is hedged for 2008. Hunold claimed that owing to hedging, (BER)'s fuel costs rose just +10% over the last 12 months, as fuel prices doubled.
He added that non-fuel optimization initiatives will yield -€35 million in cost savings in the second half, and that (BER) continues to attract an increasing number of business passengers by promoting itself as the "European quality airline with lower prices."
Consolidated second-quarter revenue, which includes (LTU) and Belair (BLB), rose +6.7% to €869.5 million, while expenses escalated +8.6% to €744.5 million. (BER) said operating (EBITAR) was €132.2 million, down -3.2% from €136.6 million last year. Traffic decreased -0.9% to 11.71 billion (RPK)s, on a -4.3% lowering of capacity to 14.59 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 80.3% LF, down -2.8 points. Yield increased +12.2% to 5.44 euro cents.
October 2010: A320-214 (3006, HB-IOU), Air Berlin (BER) leased, ex-(D-ADBM).
November 2009: Belair Airlines (BLB)'s fleet will triple to 9 airplanes by next spring. Its summer 2010 timetable will include a number of new Swiss routes, including Zurich to Malaga, Basle to Ibiza and Catania, Zurich to Naples, Bari, and Palermo.
February 2010: Belair Airlines (BLB) has gone through a change of ownership last quarter when Swiss tour operator and majority shareholder, Hotelplan sold its 51% stake in (BLB) to a trust in Switzerland. The remaining 49% are owned by Air Berlin (BER) which also holds an option to take over the 51% from the new majority owner. (BLR) also has added a 5th ex-Air Berlin (BER) A320-200.
(BLR) is adding some additional seasonal services that are still operated under the (BLR) Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to non-European Union (EU) countries:
Zurich - Bodrum: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 22;
Zurich - Luxor - Sharm el Sheikh - Zurich: weekly A320-200 service (already launched);
Zurich - Monastir: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 8.
Azal Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is replacing its 1 A320-200 and 2 Tu-154Ms still used on scheduled services by 4 newer ex-Air Berlin (AB/Berlin Tegel) and ex-Belair Airlines (BLB) A320-200s.
A320-214 (4187, HB-IOP), Air Berlin (BER) leased, ex-(D-AVVY).
August 2010: Belair Airlines (BLB) has announced new seasonal services from Basle/Mulhouse to North Africa:
Basle/Mulhouse - Djerba: weekly seasonal A320-200 service (already launched);
Basle/Mulhouse - Luxor - Hurghada - Basle/Mulhouse: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on November 4;
Basle/Mulhouse - Marsa Alam - Sharm el Sheikh - Basle/Mulhouse: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on November 2;
Basle/Mulhouse - Nador: 2x weekly seasonal A320-200 service started on July 2.
(BLB) has added more Airbus (EDS) narrow bodies and now operates 7 A320-200s and 2 A319-100s including an A320-200 delivered fresh from the Airbus (EDS) production line unlike all other airplanes transferred from parent Air Berlin (BER).
October 2010: A320-214 (4294, HB-IOZ), Air Berlin (BER) leased, ex-(D-ABFH).
January 2011: A320-214 (2991), to AZAL-Azerbaijan Airlines as (4K-AZ80).
January 2012: Belair Airlines (BLB) is resuming weekly seasonal A320-200 service from Basle/Mulhouse to Djerba on May 7. It will also launch Basle/Mulhouse - Enfidha on May 29 as a weekly seasonal A320-200 service.
Etihad Airways (EHD) and airberlin (BER) technik signed a reciprocal agreement, under which airberlin technik will undertake maintenance of (EHD) airplanes in Dusseldorf and (EHD) will be responsible for all transit checks on Air Berlin (BER) airplanes in Abu Dhabi (AUH).
(EHD) in December launched daily A330-300 service and signed an agreement with Air Berlin (BER) to increase its stake in the German airline group to 29.1%. As part of the agreement, Air Berlin (BER) switched its 4x-weekly A330-200 flights from Berlin to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Dubai to (AUH).
(EHD) will sign code share agreements with the airberlin (BER) group for all European activities, including Air Berlin (BER), FlyNiki (NKI) and Swiss (CSR) subsidiary, Belair (BLB).
A319-112 (3245, HB-JOY), ex-(D-ABGH) delivery.
October 2012: Air Berlin Turkey (IZM) will take over all of Belair Airlines (BLB)'s flights between Switzerland and Antalya from March 2013 operating 4x-weekly 737-800 flights from Antalya to Zurich Kloten airport (ZRH) and 2x-weekly flights from Antalya to Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg EuroAirport (BSL) next summer season. (IZM)'s 3 737-800s are operated by Izair (IZR) and currently operate on routes from Antalya to Germany, where they have replaced flights previously operated by Belair (BLB) owner Air Berlin (BER) or its Turkish partner Pegasus Airlines (PGS).
Switzerland-based airberlin (BER) subsidiary Belair (BLB) is set to undergo restructuring increase its financial performance. “We have a look to all our subsidiaries that operating under their own air operator’s certificate (AOC). Belair (BLB) also has to make cost cuts,” (BER) spokesperson, Aage Duenhaupt said.
(BLB) operates eight Airbus A320 family airplanes on behalf of airberlin (BER) as well as leisure flights for third parties. “The management has already accepted a -20% cut in their salaries. Belair (BLB) has to adjust itself in this tough environment for the aviation business.” Flight crews (FC) and ground staff may also have to take their share of salary cuts.
According to Duenhaupt, the restructuring process has started and he hopes Belair (BLB) finds the right solution to be able to operate as a Switzerland-based airline in the future.
August 2014: A320-214 (4631, HB-JOZ), (SMBC) Aviation Capital leased.
December 2016: Airberlin (BER) is understood to be working on plans for Belair (BLB) crews to be offered to remain for an additional 12 months based in Zurich. Those crews could be leased from airberlin (BER) to rapidly expanding Lufthansa Group low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Eurowings (EWG) and Austrian Airlines (AUL). (BLB) leisure flights to and from Zurich will be taken over by airberlin (BER) Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI) from April 1, which is part of a new, yet-to-be named leisure airline group based in Vienna. The new leisure airline, which needs regulatory approval, will be 25% owned by Etihad (EHD) and 24.8% owned by German holiday company (TUI) Group (TUG). The remaining 50.2% share is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights.
Airberlin (BER) ought a 49% share in Belair Airlines (BLB) in November 2007 and has owned 100% of the company since 2009.
January 2017: Switzerland-based airberlin (BER) subsidiary, Belair (BLB) could be closed down by the end of March, the company has informed employees according to several media reports in Switzerland.
(BLB) has around 280 staff and operates 6 Airbus A320 family aircraft on behalf of (BER) as well as conducting leisure flights for 3rd parties. “We will outline details about the restructuring of (BER), which we implemented last September, when the measures have been decided. We will inform employees and our passengers directly.”
A Belair (BLB) board meeting is planned for Tuesday, January 17.
The spokesperson said the current airberlin (BER) schedule in Switzerland remains valid and all flights will be operated.
“Belair’s cost-structure became too expensive. Its costs are higher than airberlin (BER) mainline. And Belair (BLB) stands in the way of the merger between FlyNiki (NKI) and TUIfly (TUG).”
February 2017: A319-112 (3245, HB-JOY) to Abu Dhabi for painting into Eurowings (EWG) colors.
March 2017: airberlin (BER), which has transferred its leisure routes to Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI), said the 1st (NKI) Dusseldorf - Palma de Mallorca service began on March 26.
The switch is part of a rescue program for Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airberlin (BER), which announced the sale of 49.8% FlyNiki (NKI) to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD) for €300 million/$320 million in December 2016.
Airberlin (BER) reported a 2015 3rd-quarter loss of -€45.6 million/-$51.2 million, reversed from a +€56.2 million profit in the year-ago quarter. “I expect the 4th quarter will also deliver very negative results,” according to a (BER).
FlyNiki (NKI) will operate from Dusseldorf to 16 destinations in Spain, Portugal, and the Canary and Greek Islands. Palma de Mallorca, for example, will be served by 7 non stop daily flights.
Airberlin (BER) launched its 1st route in 1979 from Berlin to Palma de Mallorca.
Airberlin (BER) (CCO) Götz Ahmelmann said, “It is a matter of great importance to us that we are handing over the baton to our partner FlyNiki (NKI) who will operate flights to holiday destinations on our behalf. For airberlin (BER), this marks an important milestone on its way to becoming a network carrier with a focused global route network and a unique portfolio of premium services,” he said.
“FlyNiki (NKI) is set to become the number 1 holiday airline in German-speaking countries,” (NKI) (CCO) Julio Rodriguez said.
As a result of this move, FlyNiki (NKI) will become the 3rd-largest airline in Dusseldorf after the Lufthansa Group and airberlin (BER), both in terms of passenger numbers and aircraft movements.
FlyNiki (NKI) will base 8 out of 21 Airbus A321s in Dusseldorf. 4 aircraft will be based in Zurich, taking over leisure routes from airberlin (BER)’s Swiss subsidiary Belair (BLB), which reportedly could close down in 2017. 5 A321s will be based in Vienna and the remaining ones will be spread out over several German airports such as Munich or Hanover.
FlyNiki (FKI) will wet-lease 2 Boeing 737-800s from Slovakia-based Go2Sky to cover summer peaks.
Airberlin (BER) will use Dusseldorf as a hub. During the summer 2017, (BER) will fly to 38 destinations from Dusseldorf including routes to the USA and the Caribbean.
FlyNiki (FKI) is part of a planned European leisure airline group to be established by the Etihad Airways Group and German holiday company the (TUI) Group (TUG), pending regulatory approval. The new leisure airline group, which was announced in October 2016, is expected to be headquartered in Vienna. The carrier plans to operate 60 aircraft on point-to-point services to key tourist markets and would have a 35% market share in the Germany/Austria/Switzerland leisure business.
May 2017: A321-211 (6454, HB-JOU), ex-(D-ABCN), BoCom Leasing leased.
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0 757-2G5 (RB211-535E4) (919-29379, /00 HB-IHR "SOLEMAR" YELLOW & GREEN; 922-30394, /00 HB-IHS "HORIZONTE" BLUE & YELLOW), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED 2000-04, 2 TRANSFERRED TO (CSR) 2001-07. RETURNED 2001-12. 51C, 158Y.
0 767-35HER (PW4000) (456-26388, /92 EI-CJB), (FLL) LEASED, TO (ETH). EX-(EIY) (1999-10), TO REPLACE A310'S. RETURNED 2000-11, TO (CDI).
0 767-3BGER (PW4000) (798-30564, HB-IHV; 802-30565, HB-IHW), (FLL) LEASED 2000-08, 2 SOLD 2001-07. 30565 LEASED TO (ETH) 2002-01.
0 767-3Q8ER (PW4060) (655-27600, /97 HB-ISE "RONDOMONDO"), EX-(EIY), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED, WET-LEASED TO (HOT) 2002-07. ORANGE & GREEN - TITLES. RETURNED. 42C, 210Y.
2 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/3) (3245, HB-JOY 2012-01; 3604, /08 HB-IOX), EX-(D-ABGH), IN AIR BERLIN (BER) COLORS. 3245 PAINTED IN EUROWINGS (EWG) COLORS 2017-02. 150Y.
8 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2968, /06 HB-IOS; 2991, /06 HB-IOT; 3006, /07 HB-IOU, 2009-10; 3021, /07 HB-IOV; 3055, /07 HB-IOW; 3422, /08 HB-IOQ; 4033, /09 HB-IOR; 4187, HB-IOP, 2010-02; 4294, HB-IOZ, 2010-10), (BER) LEASED. IN (BER) COLORS. 2991; TO AZAL AZERBAIJAN (AHY) AS (4K-AZ80) 2011-01. 174Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (4631, HB-JOZ), (SMBC) AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2014-08.
1 A321-211 (6454, HB-JOU), EX-(D-ABCN), (BOCOM) LEASING LEASED 2017-05.
0 A330-200, (ILF) LEASED 2002-07. RETURNED.
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CAPTAIN KLAUS LICHTENSTEIN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
STEPHAN MAURER, HEAD OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
KONRAD (KONI) WITTORF, VP MAINTENANCE (T: (41-1) 812-3107),
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PETER SMITH, VP TECHNICAL (email@example.com).
MARKUS WILLISCH, HEAD OF MAINTENANCE.
JORG HOFER, HEAD OF QUALITY.
ALEX DYSLI, HEAD OF TRAINING.
RONALD BOHLEN, HEAD OF GROUND OPERATIONS.
PASCALE SIEGENTHALER, HEAD OF CABIN CREW.
OLIVIA STANKA, HEAD OF CREW PLANNING.
CLAUDIO FORINO, HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
YVONNE BUHRER, HEAD OF FINANCE AND CONTROLLING.
ERNST FELDER, MANAGER SALES AND MARKETING.
ERNST PREISWERK, 757 PROJECT CONSULTANT.