China Airlines names Ringo Chao chairman


TAIPEI, Taiwan — China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest air carrier, appointed Ringo Chao as chairman, replacing Philip Wei, a company spokesman said. Chao, currently president of the Taipei-based carrier, was appointed chairman at a board meeting yesterday, China Airlines spokesman Johnson Sun said by phone.

Wei, chairman of the carrier since November 2005, offered to resign after a China Airlines Boeing Co. 737-800 burst into flames at Japan’s Naha Airport on Aug. 20. All 165 people on board escaped from the plane, which had just landed.