CHINA ORDERS ENGINES
FROM PRATT & WHITNEYEAST HARTFORD, Conn. - China has ordered 20 JT8D-200 engines from Pratt & Whitney with an option on 20 more, a deal that could be worth $118 million to the East-Hartford-based jet engine manufacturer, the company said.
The engines will be used to power McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s MD-80 jets that the Chinese government is co-producing with the St. Louis-based aerospace giant, Pratt & Whitney said.
The JT8D purchase results from an agreement McDonnell Douglas has with the Shanghai Aviation Industrial Corp. and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corp. to co-produce 10 MD-80s, with an option for 10 more.
China now has 100 Pratt & Whitney engines in service or on order.
CRASH AVOIDANCE GEAR
GETS APPROVAL OF FAA
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Bendix/King Air Transport Avionics Division became the first of three major companies to obtain a key government approval to begin shipping anti-collision devices to U.S. airlines.
Bendix/King, based here, reported it received clearance last week from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin shipping the central processor and software for the avionics system to customers.
The technical service order comes after an FAA audit of key software that tracks more than 100 aircraft simultaneously, said Paul Gralnick, president of Bendix/King, a division of Allied-Signal Aerospace Co., Morristown, N.J.
TCAS II allows pilots to monitor surrounding air traffic independently
from ground-based air traffic controllers. When approaching aircraft get too close, the device audibly alerts pilots and displays the aircraft's altitude and bearing. Should the aircraft appear to be headed on a collision course, the device alerts the pilot to climb, dive or remain on course while the approaching plane takes evasive action.
AMERICAN TO MARKET
CREW SCHEDULE SOFTWARE
FORT WORTH - American Airlines will market its newly developed software designed to help airlines schedule cockpit and cabin crews more efficiently.
The software is called the Workstation Crew Allocation System.
DELTA, EASTERN SETTLE
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines and Eastern Airlines said they settled claims relating to normal business and ticketing transactions prior to Eastern's March 9, 1989, bankruptcy filing and will renew their interline ticketing and baggage agreement.
The bankruptcy court and Eastern creditor committees approved the settlement.
Eastern will pay Delta $16.8 million plus interest. Monthly payments of $5 million, the first of which was due last week, will continue until September.
Delta said it will reverse certain charges it took against earnings in 1989. Delta had recorded a $36.7 million operating expense relating to its claims against Eastern.
AIR CANADA, CATHAY
TO SHARE DESIGNATIONS
TORONTO - Air Canada and Cathay Pacific Airways have agreed to use a common designation for certain flights, known as code-sharing.
The arrangements takes effect July 1.
Code-sharing is designed to attract additional traffic. It's used to route passengers and freight from one airline to another without the knowledge of customers. That's because only one carrier is listed in the computer reservation system.
Under the Air Canada/Cathay Pacific arrangement, passengers and freight moving between Toronto and Hong Kong will be carried by Air Canada under a Cathay Pacific routing between Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia, with Cathay Pacific operating the Vancouver-Hong Kong leg.