Five Questions With... Huang-Hsiang Sun
4. What are the ramifications of the ongoing emissions debate for air cargo?
To minimize the impact we have on the environment, environmental protection has becomes one of the key focus areas of our corporate management. We introduced measures to conserve air fuel in 2007 and have been implementing the ISO 14001 (environment management system) since 2012. The EU set an Emissions Trading Scheme and asked airlines to implement the scheme from 2012 to 2020. While we agree with the spirit behind emissions trading, which is rooted in environmental protection, we have a different opinion from the European Commission on how to approach it. Considering the global nature of the aviation industry, we expect the International Civil Aviation Organization to establish a global resolution for aviation emissions reduction.
5. How do you see China Airlines’ air cargo growth in the coming years?
In 2012, we adjusted our freighter capacity to an optimal level, which allows us to maintain stable service and also gives us the flexibility to withstand periods of low demand and high supply. In 2013, we are resuming trans-Pacific and European routes at a moderate pace to capture market share amid a gradual global recovery. In addition to cargo shipments originating in our main hub [Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport], we also offer direct services on Japan-U.S. and Southeast Asia-Europe routes…We expect the market to recover gradually starting the second half of 2013. Given variables in the world economy and industry demand and supply, we continue to optimize our network and product mix to better meet customer needs. By continuously enhancing our flexibility and capabilities in a changing market, we are confident that we will continue to grow in line with the industry.