China's State Council will appoint Lu Junhua as the new administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), according to a source familiar with the matter.
Lu (53) will succeed Li Jiaxiang, who has been the CAAC administrator since 2008. Li will step down from the position due to his advanced age.
Long carrier as high-ranking public officer
Lu has been serving as vice-governor of Hainan province since 2014. He served in various senior positions at the State Council from 2005 to 2014.
He headed the Third Secretary Bureau of the General Office of the State Council from 2011 to 2014, held the position of director of the State Council Emergency Response Office from 2005 to 2011among other duties.
Prior to working at the State Council, Lu worked in the CAAC for seven years, where he served as director of Secretariat of the General Office of CAAC in 1990, deputy director of the Policy Research Office of CAAC from 1987 to 1989 and associate secretary of the Development and Planning Division of CAAC from 1983 to 1986.
No merger of China’s big cargo carriers planned
Only shortly ago, the CAAC had refuted reports indicating that Beijing plans to merge its three largest cargo carriers. Rumors came up after the Chinese news agency Xinhua had quoted a high ranking CAAC official indicating government intentions to consolidate Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines and China Southern Cargo to form the country’s largest freight airline. However, a spokeswoman for the CAAC firmly rejected such assertions.
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