Taoyuan airport chief picked for China Airlines top spot

PHOTO: Taoyuan airport chief picked for China Airlines top spot

TAIPEI - The board of directors of China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier, yesterday approved the appointment of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Corp. President Samuel Lin as the airline's president.

Born in 1953, Lin has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started his career in the industry with the US-based Continental Airlines. Prior to joining Taoyuan Airport Corp. in 2010, Lin served as the manager of Evergreen Marine Corp's San Francisco branch and senior executive of EVA Airway's North America Head Office. He also participated in the construction of Taiwan's high-speed rail line.

Lin succeeds Sun Hung-hsiang, China Airlines' chairman, who has been doubling as the company's president since he came into office in March.

Meanwhile, the company formed the "China Airlines Cheerleaders" to cheer Taiwanese athletes in international matches. The 30-strong group consists of China Airlines flight attendants and ground staff with an average of five to six years of experience in dancing. The China Airlines Cheerleaders will debut at the match between Taiwan's Uni-President Lions and the South Korea representatives to the Asia Series 2013 on Nov. 17. The company said it formed the group as it is the official carrier for the Asia Series 2013, but the cheerleaders will be there for Taiwanese athletes in major sports events in the future.