GE, ROLLS ENGINES
TO POWER DELTA JETSATLANTA - Delta Air Lines announced the selection of General Electric and Rolls Royce engines to run new Boeing aircraft it plans to fly in the future.
Delta has firm orders for 10 B767-300s, 21 B767-400s, 5 B757s and 70 B737s for delivery in the next 10 years. There are also options to purchase more planes, including 10 B777 aircraft over the next 20 years. Delta said it ordered GE engines to operate the 767-300s and 767-400s. It also announced it selected Rolls Royce engines to run the B777-200s it has options to buy. Separately, Delta and China Southern Airlines announced the signing of a preliminary agreement that would lead to code-sharing flights between the United States and China.
The agreement is subject to government approval and final negotiations between the carriers.
PONY EXPRESS HONORED
FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pony Express Courier Corp. was honored by John Deere Co. for its customer service in 1996.
The Charlotte company was honored by Deere's Conyers, Ga., distribution center with the Highest Standard of Customer Service Award.
Lamar Mullinax, transportation manager at Deere, said that 73 percent of all shipments from the distribution center were handled by Pony Express.
Pony Express provides Deere with delivery services before noon, and in many instances gets the shipments to dealers throughout the South Region before 7:30 a.m.
RANKED BEST IN NATION
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wyoming's highway system was ranked as the best in the nation.
Utah was fourth, Nevada was sixth, Arizona was 16th and California 43rd. Rhode Island was tagged with having the worst highways.
The rankings are in an annual survey of state highway systems done by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The report is based on data for 1995, the latest year available.
Thomas Stephens, Nevada transportation director, said Nevada would have ranked even higher except that it stands 48th among the states in its fatality rate. ''We have a high fatality rate,'' he said. ''Some of it has to do with tourism.''