TNT MAILFAST LAUNCHES
CORPORATE IDENTITY PLAN
MELVILLE, N.Y. - TNT Mailfast, a unit of the international express delivery company TNT Express Worldwide, announced Monday that it has launched a new corporate identity program in North America.
"The Mailfast brand has evolved to a point where it requires its own dedicated management team," said George Wilton, Mailfast president and chief executive. "Strengthening the Mailfast brand means far more than designing a new logo."
Mailfast, the world's largest privately owned international mail distribution and delivery service, will continue to work hand-in-hand with TNT Express Worldwide, capitalizing on each other's strengths.
Mailfast plans to launch the brand in Europe in early November.
AIRLINES AWAIT WORD
ON DELAY OF FUEL TAX
WASHINGTON - U.S. airlines were still waiting Monday for word from the Treasury Department on whether it will postpone collection of an aviation fuel tax that took effect Sunday.
Rep. William Archer, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. William Roth, R-Del., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, last week asked Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin not to enforce the tax collection immediately, because the panels intended to give the airline industry a second two-year exemption from the tax of 4.3 cents a gallon.
The tax is paid quarterly by oil suppliers, with the next tax payment due Oct. 9. That payment includes taxes paid by the airlines during the last week of September on fuel to be used in October.
If Congress extends the exemption before next Monday, the airlines would get a refund from the oil companies, something they say would be much easier than getting one from the federal government.
NIGHTTIME NOISE LIMITS
SEATTLE - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has extended its nighttime noise restrictions, requiring a full nine hours of quieter Stage 3 aircraft operations between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The move fulfills a key element of the Port of Seattle's 1990 noise mediation agreement, designed to reduce jet noise despite traffic increases at the airport, which is owned and operated by the port. The program has cut about 40 of the noisier Stage 2 flights that operated between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. in 1990.
TO BE OPEN 24 HOURS
CAIRO, Egypt - The only direct road link between Asia and Africa will reopen 24 hours a day Thursday after several years of restricted service during repairs, the Suez Canal Authority announced Monday.
The Ahmed Hamdi tunnel, which goes under the Suez Canal, opened in 1983 but started leaking four years later because the type of concrete was inappropriate.
The Japanese government gave Egypt more than $70 million to pay for the repairs, which have taken more than three years.
LA PORT OFFICIALS AWARD
RAILROAD BRIDGE CONTRACT
SAN PEDRO, Calif. - A $44.7 million contract for construction of two railroad bridges on Terminal Island was awarded by Los Angeles harbor commissioners last week to Shimmick/Obayashi Joint Venture, the low bidder for the work.
The bridges will separate train traffic coming from shipping terminals on Terminal Island from truck and auto traffic using Henry Ford Avenue and New Dock Street.
The Port of Long Beach will contribute $9 million to the Henry Ford Avenue grade separation.
The joint venture company, formed by Shimmick Construction Co., of Hayward, and Obayashi Corp., of south San Francisco, was the lowest of five bidders for the job.