Leaving EVA Airways for 6 Years, Chang Kuo-wei Takes Over UNI Air 長榮集團經營權變化 張國煒接掌立榮董座

UNI Air held an extraordinary board meeting on the 14th. Chang Kuo-wei, a major shareholder and chairperson of Starlux Airlines, was voted to take over as UNI Air chairperson. After being removed from the post of EVA Airways head for six years, Chang returned to the Evergreen Group.


One of UNI Air's major shareholders, Evergreen Logistics' legal representative Lin Pao-shui, attended UNI Air's extraordinary board meeting accompanied by a lawyer. This board meeting was held at the Evergreen Hotel and successfully ended in less than an hour. Just like the outside world expected, the board elected Chang Kuo-wei, one of UNI Air's major shareholders, to take over as the new chairperson, with immediate effect. 

Chang Kuo-wei, New Chairperson of UNI Air: “To be realistic, due to my current situation, I'm just a temporary caretaker of UNI Air. Is this an agreement? No, what's the deal? This is not an agreement. Since I created Starlux, I will take good care of it. People shouldn't be greedy. We just take things to step by step. I am responsible for my buddies. In the beginning, I brought everyone out to create Starlux. I have the responsibility to take care of them.”

Chang emphasized that all the business units under the Evergreen Group are left by his father. Whoever has the ability can take them over. He has been entrusted with this position. This will not affect his self-created Starlux Airlines and there will be no merger between the two. Starlux Airlines said that UNI Air, which mainly operates domestic routes and also holds cross-strait air rights, are two independent businesses, which are completely different. Strategic cooperation has not been ruled out after Chang took over UNI Air.

Nieh Kuo-wei, PR Head, Starlux Airlines: “We will discuss further with UNI Air regarding cooperation on domestic and international routes as we develop our business.”

Huang Shih-tsung, Financial Analyst: “It seems that the two are complementary, especially since both are under the control of Chang. There should be a new atmosphere in the airline industry.”

According to industry analysis, Starlux continued to launch flights across Asia, even though it encountered the epidemic at launch. Now Chang has taken over UNI Air again, he can make up for Starlux's lack of domestic routes. Domestic airline routes are expected to be reshuffled, as they have long been under the control of China Airlines and EVA Air's subsidiaries. 

 

 

 

立榮航空大股東之一,長榮物流法人代表林寶水,在律師陪同下出席立榮航空臨時董事會,這場在長榮集團下飯店舉辦的臨時董事會不到1小時就順利落幕,一如外界所預期,董事會推選主要股東之一張國煒接任新任立榮航空董事長,即刻起生效。這是張國煒離開長榮集團後,睽違6年再度回鍋。

立榮航空新任董事長張國煒表示:「講比較現實點我就是代管,我現在暫時在這樣的狀況,我就是代管立榮這樣子。」記者詢問是協議嗎?他回應,「我就說不是協議啦,有什麼好協議的,」並強調自己只是代管立榮航空,「我既然創了星宇了,我就是要好好把星宇顧好,人不要貪心啦,我們就是把我們自己亦步亦趨,我要對我的兄弟要有交代,當初我就是把大家帶出來創星宇,我就有這個責任要把他們好好的安身立命的顧好。」

張國煒強調,長榮集團旗下所有事業體都是父親留下的,誰有能力就誰來接,他只是受託,不會因為這個職務就影響他自創的星宇航空,也沒有要合併。星宇航空則表示,以經營國內線為主的立榮航空也握有兩岸航權,和星宇航空是兩個獨立事業體,完全不相同,星宇原本也評估要進軍國內線,不過在張國煒接下立榮後,也不排除策略合作模式。

星宇航空公關長聶國維表示:「在國內跟國際航線的合作上面這個再進一步,我們在業務上面的發展的時候,我們會再跟立榮航空再進一步的討論。」

財經學者黃世聰指出:「看起來兩個是可以互補,特別是兩個都在張國煒的主導之下,那應該是可以,營運應該是會有一番新的氣象。」

產業界分析,星宇航空一起步就遇上疫情, 但仍持續開航布局亞洲航線,如今張國煒再拿下立榮航空,透過合作可補足星宇在國內線的拼圖,過去長期由華航長榮兩大國籍航空子公司,掌握航國內線的市場生態將重新洗牌。

 

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