ATLAS EXPEDITES DELIVERY
OF TWO BOEING FREIGHTERSATLAS AIR INC. is speeding up delivery of two of the new Boeing 747-400 freighters it has on order.
The Golden, Colo.-based carrier created a schedule that calls for five firm deliveries this year, four in 1999, one in 2000 with options to buy four others that year and six additional options available thereafter.
''The world's leading international airlines have already shown their strong interest in the increased range, fuel efficiency and cargo capacity offered by GE-powered Boeing 747-400 freighters. With this year's first delivery already placed, and with further contracts to come, the response thus far tells us that we will need even further 747-400s available for placement in 1999,'' said Michael A. Chowdry, chairman, chief executive and president of Atlas.
With the implementation of Stage 3 noise rules, he anticipates a shortage of air cargo capacity because older aircraft that do not meet the criteria will be removed from service.
DELTA AIR LINES has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to expand service to Brazil.
The application seeks approval to operate daily service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Sao Paulo starting Oct. 1. The service would continue on to Montevideo, Uruguay, from Sao Paulo.
Delta filed the application June 26 following a U.S.-Brazil agreement late last year that provides seven additional weekly flights for U.S. carriers.
The airline said the application marks another step in its attempt to establish itself as a major carrier in Latin America. In the past three months, it has launched service between Atlanta and Venezuela, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
KINTETSU WORLD EXPRESS (USA), Roslyn Heights, N.Y., an international freight forwarder, is opening a warehousing and distribution center in Santa Clara, Calif.
''With this move, we will be only minutes away from most of the Silicon Valley electronics firms. We will be more convenient to them and be able to provide them with more timely service,'' said Tim Yamanaka, terminal manager in San Francisco, who will oversee the new facility.
The warehouse has 23,000 square feet of terminal space and 2,500 square feet of office space.
ROYAL MAIL, the British post office, is opening a regional office in Raleigh, N.C.
''Along with our offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., our new regional office in Raleigh gives Royal Mail a strong presence in the Southeast, a region with many organizations on the verge of going global,'' said David McGirr, vice president of sales for North America.