Air France Agrees
To Buy 16 Boeing JetsPARIS - Air France has reached a $2 billion agreement with Boeing Co. to to buy 16 747-400 long-range jets.
Under the pact, signed Wednesday, Air France retains an option to buy 12 additional 747-400 aircraft for $1.5 billion. The jets, to be powered by General Electric Co. engines, will be delivered between 1991 and 1996.
PSA Pays for Burials
Of 27 Crash Victims
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Memorial and burial services were held Wednesday for 27 victims of PSA Flight 1771 whose remains are still unidentified following the shattering crash that killed 43 people.
We find that once a family has been to a funeral, they can start rebuilding their lives," Sam Douglass, the funeral director handling arrangements for Pacific Southwest Airlines, said.
Mr. Douglass said there were caskets and graves for each unidentified victim. It will not be a mass burial. The only difference is we don't know for now whose remains are inside the caskets," Mr. Douglas said.
PSA paid for the burials and transportation of relatives to and from their homes, as well as a granite and bronze memorial marker with the names of the victims' names on it.
Cal-West Becomes Unit
Of Northern Express
NEW YORK - Cal-West Aviation is now a subsidiary of Northern Express Airlines, according to an agreement signed Dec. 11 by Northern Express and Airplanes Inc., a California company doing business as Cal-West.
The two companies had entered into a memorandum of intent Sept. 10.
Cal-West has operated for 13 years and generated annual gross revenue of about $1.5 million this past year. The carrier operates 15 twin-engine aircraft in the San Francisco Bay area from its headquarters in Concord, Calif.
In addition to corporate freight and charters, the company provides aircraft maintenance, management and sales.
Delta Launches Service
From Portland to Seoul
PORTLAND, Ore. - Delta Airlines launched single-plane through service to Seoul here this week.
The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday flights are extensions of the daily Delta Atlanta-Portland-Tokyo service launched several months ago.
David Zielke, Delta district marketing manager, said "the Korea service further demonstrates Delta's commitment to the Portland gateway as well as our continued expansion into the Pacific Rim."
Agree to Mediation
DALLAS - American Airlines and its flight attendants union have accepted an offer from the National Mediation Board to mediate contract discussions between the parties.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is prepared to seek authorization from its 12,000 members to call a short strike during the Christmas holiday if an agreement can't be reached. Such a strike could shut down American's passenger and cargo operations, although the airline said it would replace strikers and operate.
Earlier, the National Mediation Board was unsuccessful in bringing the two parties together. The airline on June 1 imposed a new contract.
Orders Third BAe 146
WASHINGTON - Australian regional carrier Ansett W.A. ordered a third British Aerospace BAe 146-200 quad jet for use on its trans-Australia service. Ansett W.A., a subsidiary of Ansett Airlines of Australia, started operating its first two BAe 146-200s in the spring of 1985, according to the manufacturer.
Since entering service, the 146s averaged more than 3,800 hours of use annually. The new aircraft, equipped with seating for 80 passengers, is slated for delivery in late 1988.