Former Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director General Billy Chang (???) announced Tuesday that he has been commissioned by backers from the high-tech sector to express the group's interest in taking over TransAsia Airways, which abruptly announced its closure on Nov. 22.
Chang, however, would not identify the backers who are interested in assuming control of TransAsia Airways, worrying that revealing their identity prematurely could scuttle the deal.
"It is not convenient to reveal the name at this stage," Chang said.
Because the CAA was scheduled to withdraw TransAsia's flight rights and flight routes on Tuesday, Chang also called for the CAA to delay the decision, saying he will next meet with TransAsia Chairman Vincent Lin (???).
TransAsia, which was Taiwan's third largest airline, said in response that it had no knowledge of interest from Chang's group.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, Chang said news of the TransAsia's demise due to serious financial woes has caused grave concerns and hurt the rights of its employees and the general public.
Based on those concerns, the group of backers discussed with Chang the idea of taking over the 65-year-old company, but Chang said he has yet to get in touch with TransAsia.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel