Okay Airways (Okair), the country’s first private air carrier, hoped to resume operation as soon as possible but was not sure about the exact date. This according to chief executive officer Liu Weining.
He said, ‘Shareholders and staff were all against suspension’ and ‘really looked forward to the restart’noting there would be a conference focusing on the issue. But no other details were given.
Beijing News reported that the firm was expected to resume operation on January 15, 2009, after it had ceased service on December 6 because of disputes among shareholders.
The company said it was preparing to resume business and planned to file an application next week. The carrier expected to lose nearly RMB100 million in business during the December 6 to January 15 suspension period.
An unnamed official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said Okay Air had not submitted any application to resume operation to CAAC.
Last month, Juneyao Group, which held a 63% stake in Okay Air, applied to the CAAC North China Regional Administration for withdrawal from the aviation firm, offering the explanation of fears over safety.
Source: China View