Meet our leaders
Creativity and service are our main points of strength. Our managing directors bring competence and experience with them.
Full Service & full Content: Our biggest consolidator
The biggest consolidator in our group is AERTiCKET Conso GmbH, based in Berlin. Here, around 130 experienced fare specialists work in ticketing and global ticketing, take care of ADMs and refund requests, manage group bookings and offer a 24/7 service 365 days a year.
AERTiCKET Conso GmbH is an exceptional consolidator: it distributes tickets and fares from over 100 countries, works with four GDS systems and offers exclusive airline fares. This is made possible by more than 40 direct connections (incl. NDC) - e.g. from Lufthansa, Air France/KLM, British Airways/Iberia, Oman Air, Eurowings, Singapore Airlines - and by connecting local GDS systems such as Travelsky (China), Sirena (Russia) and Troya (Turkey).
Marion Lützen is in charge of AERTiCKET Conso GmbH.
From Berlin Kreuzberg out into the wide world: Our international partners
Our worldwide partners
The expansion of our national and especially our international partnerships is an important target of the AERTiCKET Group. We would like to offer our customers the best flight content worldwide. This means significantly more availability, local fares and potentially even commissions.
In 2021 we therefore founded Global Conso Tech AG together with several business partners. Our goal is to use the common technology for the distribution of international content. Thanks to the technological focus of Global Conso Tech, the international content will be made available via API interface.
Tim Howe Schröder and Oleksii Murovtsev manage the affairs of Global Conso Tech.
Most consolidators in the AERTiCKET Group are generalists; some specialize in ethnic business. The largest international consolidator in the AERTiCKET Group is Picasso Travel / Panorama Travel, headquartered in Los Angeles and in New York City. Picasso Travel is an ethnic consolidator offering service in at least five languages.
Eren Aksoy has been managing Picasso Travel for about 15 years.
Growing successfully worldwide
The AERTiCKET Group currently includes twenty consolidators in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Brazil, Turkey and the USA.
This will not be the end of the story: The group is continuously growing through acquisitions or through joint ventures with local partners. The latest additions to the AERTiCKET world are airline ticket wholesalers Biletbank, market leader in Turkey, and Skyways in Belgium.
Wolfgang Lehr, international CFO at AERTiCKET, ensures the smooth integration of new consolidators into the group.
During the Corona pandemic, AERTiCKET acquired a consolidator in the UK along with an associated service center in Malaysia. Thanks to this acquisition, the AERTiCKET Group offers its customers an optimized 24/7 service in English.
The advantages of a strong association: Good conditions
AFL Linienflugeinkaufs-GmbH in Berlin is responsible for purchasing and marketing for the entire AERTiCKET Group.
Managing Director Katja Polakowski and her colleague Lars Holling negotiate fares and conditions with our national and international airline partners every year. The combined purchasing power of the entire AERTiCKET Group ensures a solid negotiating position.
AFL is also responsible for the distribution, daily updating and quality control of these fares in all databases and booking systems of the group.
The marketing team creates and places banners, sends out newsletters, organizes presentations and events - thus ensuring increased sales for airlines and providing AERTiCKET agencies with the latest updates and offers.
Clever calculators and smart minds
The finance department at AERTiCKET, under the leadership of Friedrich Floto, is responsible for all financial topics from accounting and controlling to budget and liquidity planning for the entire group.
The finance specialists are the contact persons for banks, auditors, payment service providers, investors and authorities. They are responsible for financial risk management and prepare reports for internal and external audiences. In addition to the daily operational business, strategic topics and strongly increasing digitalization topics become the focus.
Friedrich Floto is an internationally experienced financial expert who has worked in various industries and countries, also outside tourism.
This is how it all started: Founder and CEO Rainer Klee
After having successfully graduated in business administration in the Southwest of Germany, Rainer Klee moved to Berlin, the city of the Berlin Wall at that time. In Berlin, he started to study psychology and built up various companies at the same time.
In 1988, together with five friends and people he knew, Rainer founded "Titanic Reisen", an independent travel agency with a special focus on long-distance flights.
In 1993, the consolidator AER Reiseservice was founded as a spin-off of Titanic Reisen. Then as now, the shareholders of AERTiCKET are Rainer himself and the AER cooperation.
Rainer holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and has undergone advanced training as coach and facilitator.
Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the consolidator and travel business, Rainer continuously pushes AERTiCKET's competitive position on a global level.
Technoly - our startup takes off
Berlin is also home to the AERTiCKET subsidiary Technoly. Technoly develops the software for the AERTiCKET Group and the tools for a successful digital transformation of travel agencies.
Technoly has about 60 developers, QAs, product owners and helpdesk/support staff.
They work together to develop software that makes traveling better and booking travel easier. They work in agile workflows and are in constant exchange with the specialized departments of the entire AERTiCKET Group.
This is how they combine tourism expertise with software development skills and guarantee the best possible result for AERTiCKET's clients and for their customers.
Technoly's most important projects are:
- Cockpit, our professional booking interface for travel agencies.
- My Cockpit, our super practical application for managing bookings
Stephan Ebert and Alexander Staerck are the managing directors of Technoly.
One for all (and all for one) : IT and technology
The headquarters of the AERTiCKET Group are in Berlin Kreuzberg.
This is where our technical heart is beating: In Los Angeles, the network needs to be configured anew? The colleagues in Bordeaux need new headsets? The developers require more server capacity? Our IT department will take care of it.
Tariffs can't be booked because there's a technical problem? Our 24/7 support team will help quickly and competently.
The 40 websites of the company group are developed and maintained in Berlin too.
Maren Exel is responsible for these key services.
Know how: The tariff specialists from airfair
AERTiCKET's subsidiary airfair has been Europe's leader in fare data collection for over 20 years. The company manages fares for airlines, consolidators, online travel agencies and tour operators all over the world.
airfair understands the market and offers its services to airlines as well as to stationary and online operating agencies and tour operators.
Managing Director Stefanie Campeggi is in charge of airfair.
Our experts: High-quality tourism, corporate travel service, flight specialists for first and business class bookings
The travel agency with which everything started
The consolidator AERTICKET was created in 1993 out of Titanic Reisen. More than 30 years later, ATR runs several travel agencies in Berlin under various brands and has an office in Kempten specialising in first and business class fares. With Koch Übersee, a Hamburg-based travel agency with a long tradition is added to its portfolio. Koch Übersee counts customers with purchasing power among its clientele. The company travel service BTO24, based in Hamburg and Berlin, completes ATR's portfolio.
Well-known brands and excellent know-how: the travel agencies and tour operators of NTRV
STA Travel offers tailor-made trips for young adults.
Explorer Fernreisen has been the expert for long-distance travel for around 50 years. The tour operator was founded back in 1970 as an Africa specialist and is now established as a renowned long-haul tour operator in German-speaking countries. Explorer Fernreisen is more than a website or a travel agency chain. Explorer is an experienced and solid tour operator - with best contacts in faraway countries, own purchasing and product management, more than 2,500 Explorer catalog pages and an extensive customer service.
Travel Overland is a successful, Germany-wide operating and dynamic individual travel specialist with travel agency branches in Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Augsburg and Munich and a strong online presence.
All three operators are managed by Heike Niederberghaus.
Packaging made easy: Our dynamic tour operator
In addition to flights, you can also book train tickets, hotels, transfers, rental cars, excursions, events and travel insurance in Cockpit. This is made possible by our dynamic operator Cockpit Holidays Services.
Thanks to the modern booking technology of Cockpit Holidays, AERTiCKET agencies can easily package all travel modules into individual, complete trips. The highlight: These trips are secured via Cockpit Holidays Services as tour operator. From 2023, Cockpit Holidays will also offer cruises.
AERTiCKET manager Thomas Wiedau is responsible for this area of the AERTiCKET Group.