Asiana Airlines named Kim Soo Cheon as their new chief executive officer

Published on : Thursday, December 26, 2013

asiana-airlines-300x107Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea’s second-biggest carrier, named Kim Soo Cheon as the new chief executive officer to replace Yoon Young Doo, who headed the company when one of its planes crashed while landing in San Francisco in July.

Kim Soo Cheon, 57, will take over from Yoon starting January 1.Kim is currently chief executive officer of Air Busan Co., a budget carrier 46 percent owned by Seoul-based Asiana Airlines. Asiana strengthened its pilot training and hired Akiyoshi Yamamura from All Nippon Airways Co. as head of safety after Asiana flight 214 struck a seawall short of the San Francisco airport on July 6, killing three people. The chief pilot of the Boeing Co. 777-200 ER wide-body plane inadvertently disabled a speed-control system before the crash, according to information released at a U.S. National Transportation Safety Board hearing this month.

As the reports claim the appointed is part of a shake up at executive level, rather than to hold the Yoon accountable for the summer accident in which three people died.

The outgoing CEO is to remain with the company as an adviser, according to a statement made by the airline.

An investigation into the cause of the crash has yet to be concluded.

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