AMTECH WINS CONTRACT
FROM UNION PACIFIC
DALLAS - Union Pacific Railroad has awarded Amtech Corp. a contract to install automatic equipment identification (AEI) readers on two straddle cranes at UP's new intermodal yard in Lathrop, Calif.
Lathrop will serve as UP's showcase terminal for AEI installation and operations, said Mike Chapman, UP's senior assistant vice president.
With AEI readers installed on lift cranes, any piece of equipment with a radio frequency identification tag, including containers, chassis or trailers, will be identified immediately when operations at the terminal begin Dec. 1, said Michael J. Breslin, Amtech's senior vice president of marketing.
After Lathrop, UP plans to install AEI readers at 20 other terminals.
HONEYWELL TO SUPPLY
MD-95 COCKPIT SYSTEMS
MINNEAPOLIS - Honeywell Inc. will supply the major cockpit systems for McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s new MD-95 jetliner, Honeywell said.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Minneapolis-based Honeywell said it will provide MD-95's electronic flight instrument system or cockpit displays; flight management system; aircraft position and navigation systems; digital flight guidance system; digital air data computer; and windshear detection system.
The systems are produced by Honeywell's Air Transport Systems division, based in Phoenix.
McDonnell Douglas has been seeking buyers for the new 100-seat, twin-engine plane. Full-scale development and production will begin when sufficient MD-95 orders are booked, McDonnell Douglas said.
CONTINENTAL AWARDS GE
EVENDALE, Ohio - General Electric Co.'s GE Aircraft Engines unit said it has been awarded a $200 million 10-year engine maintenance contract by Continental Airlines for the overhaul and repair of the airline's new GE engines.
Under the agreement, GE Aircraft Engines will provide all required maintenance for the GE90 and CF6 engines on an hourly maintenance cost basis.
The agreement will take effect with the first Boeing 767 aircraft delivery in March 1995 and the Boeing 777 deliveries beginning in 1997, the company said.
HUGHES OF CANADA WINS
AIR TRAFFIC CONTRACT
OTTAWA - Hughes Aircraft of Canada Limited Systems Division will supply and install an automated air traffic management system in Indonesia with financing of up to US$11.2 million from the Export Development Corp.
The transaction is being financed by a loan to Indonesia's Ministry of Communications. The air traffic management system will be installed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.
AIR NEW ZEALAND TAPS
SABRE FOR FLIGHT SYSTEM
FORT WORTH - Sabre Decision Technologies, a unit of AMR Corp., announced that Air New Zealand has become the newest licensee for Sabre's automated flight scheduling system.
Other recent licensees include Airbus Industrie, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System and Thai Airways International.
The system, called MachUp, is based on Microsoft Windows and runs on any IBM-compatible 486 personal computer under DOS/Windows 3.1 or higher, or OS/2.
Nigel Catty, Air New Zealand's network planning/performance manager for international route marketing, said it chose MachUp "because it has the functionality that our scheduling challenges require."
AT&T UNIT TO JOIN
COVIA IN PARTNERSHIP
DAYTON, Ohio - AT&T Global Information Solutions and Covia Technologies, of Chicago announced last week that they have formed a strategic partnership designed to serve airports and airlines.
The partnership will provide airport authorities, air carriers and other transportation companies "a comprehensive solution designed to improve facility management, reduce costs and provide better customer service," said Lou Maianacci, vice president of worldwide transportation industry marketing at the Dayton-based AT&T unit, formerly known as NCR Corp.