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China Airlines chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

China Airlines chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The head of Taiwan's biggest international carrier, China Airlines, recently received top accolades from one of the world's leading cargo publications, Air Cargo News in London.
China Airlines Chairman Philip Wei received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Air Cargo News on April 28. He is the first top corporate executive of an Asian carrier to bag the much-coveted title, CAL said in a statement issued on Thursday.
According to the publication, the award recognizes Wei for his "visionary role" in the air cargo industry and exceptional management of CAL's cargo operations.
"This is an honor to be shared with the entire CAL cargo team," Wei said in a statement.
The award was presented during the Cargo Airline of the Year awards evening held by Air Cargo News at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Wei is now in the same league as past recipients of the award including Guenter Rohrmann, former worldwide president of DHL; Sigi Koehler, founder of German Cargo Services; Jeff Bridges, founder of Bridges Worldwide; and Issa Baluch, president of FIATA and chief executive officer of Swift Freight.
Air Cargo News selects the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award annually based on the candidate's dedication to the air cargo business and track record within the industry.
"Wei is one of a select group of airline professionals worldwide that have risen to the height of chairman of the airline," the carrier said.
Air Cargo Media is the parent company of fortnightly industry newspaper Air Cargo News, the most widely circulated and influential air cargo publication in the world. In an independent readership survey, Air Cargo News was rated as the best-read publication worldwide, CAL said.
An industry veteran, Wei has more than three decades of experience with CAL, and has served in various functions including finance, passenger marketing, cargo marketing, and regional management.
From 2002 to 2005, he served as CAL president. He was eventually promoted to the chairmanship. At CAL's cargo division, Wei had served as general manager of Cargo Sales and Services in the Americas and general manager of Cargo Sales and Services in Europe.
"CAL plays a leading role in the global air cargo industry. It owns 21 B747-400F freighters and is the world's largest operator of that aircraft type. Its international cargo traffic is ranked fifth in the world," the airline said.
"In addition to its impressive cargo volume, China Airlines is taking a lead on cargo on-line services. The service quality of CAL cargo is also highly acclaimed, and CAL has successfully shipped sophisticated scientific equipment, satellites, national treasures, and precious antiques."
The carrier has also transported special aid supplies to catastrophe-ridden areas worldwide, to help fulfill its responsibilities as a good global citizen.
In addition to its booming cargo business, CAL's solely invested subsidiary, CAL Hotel Co. Ltd., will be building a 360-room first class airport hotel near Taoyuan International Airport.
The property -- the first Novotel hotel in Taiwan -- is aiming for a September 2009 opening date.
"The hotel will be designed with around 360 guest rooms in an eight-floor, one-basement building equipped with F&B facilities including a 210-seat, all-day dining restaurant; a 60-seat specialty restaurant; a lounge bar; and a ballroom," Wei said at an earlier news conference.
The hotel will also provide several amenities including a business center, recreation area, meeting rooms, modern fitness center, a kid's club, and a swimming pool to name a few, he continued.


Updated : 2021-06-19 01:56 GMT+08:00