Wolfgang Mayrhuber, the former chairman and chief executive of German airline Lufthansa, died on Saturday (December 1) at the age of 71, due to a serious illness.

Carsten Spohr, chairman of the Lufthansa Group, said: “Wolfgang Mayrhuber has served and shaped our company for more than 45 years. We Lufthansa employees thank him for his great service to the Lufthansa Group. Our thoughts are now with his family.”

Mayrhuber worked for Lufthansa for more than 40 years.

As an engineer, he began his corporate career in 1970, in Hamburg, in the field of engine maintenance.

From 2003 to 2010, he was chairman and chief executive, and with the acquisitions of SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, he had “a lasting impact on the airline group”, said a statement from Lufthansa.

He was chairman of the supervisory board from 2013 to 2017.