Tui Airways has announced that Dawn Wilson has been appointed as managing director, replacing John Murphy from January 1.

She will be responsible for the Northern Region Airlines, Tui Airways and Tui fly Nordic and report to Tui Aviation chief executive Kenton Jarvis.

Murphy is stepping down from the role to focus on flying. He joined the business in 1993 as a pilot before moving into senior management roles since 2000, becoming managing director for Tui Airways in 2014, continuing to fly throughout – including bringing the first 787-8 Dreamliner to the UK in May 2013.

As his replacement, Wilson will join the Tui UK & Ireland board. She joined the business in 1989 as cabin crew for Britannia Airways and moved through the management structure, becoming general manager of cabin crew, director of ground operations and most recently director of operations for the Northern Region Airlines.

Andrew Flintham, managing director for Tui UK and Ireland, said: “I’d like to thank John for all he’s done throughout his time in the business, his passion for aviation is huge and I am delighted that he will still be a captain on our long-haul services. I’d also like to congratulate Dawn on her new appointment; I’m confident under her leadership Tui Airways will go from strength to strength.”