AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

Fokker Delivers

First 100 TwinjetsSwissair Monday accepted the first delivery of the new Fokker 100 twinjets, officials of the manufacturer, Fokker Aircraft BV, Amsterdam, reported. Swissair holds eight orders for 1988 and six options for the new- technology jet, certificated last year by Dutch authorities.

The carrier accepted the aircraft in an 85-seat, three-class configuration. All Swissair jets operate in the three-class style. Power for the new jet comes from two Rolls-Royce Tay engines, which turned in fuel consumption figures 3 percent lower than expected and with a slightly higher cruise speed than anticipated.

Noise levels generated by the jet make it the quietist airliner in its weight class. The carrier worked closely with Fokker on the design of the aircraft.

U.S. certification is expected in the spring of this year, with the first of 20 deliveries to USAir expected in early 1989.

International Lease Finance Corp. will take the first delivery of their eight on order later this year, as will the Dutch-flag carrier KLM.

UPS Acquires

Italian Package Carrier

GREENWICH, Conn. - United Parcel Service has acquired Alimondo, one of Italy's leading domestic and international package carriers. No price was disclosed.

UPS said the acquisition will enable it to eventually initiate door-to- door ground delivery service between every address in both Italy and West Germany. UPS has been operating in West Germany since 1976.

Since September 1986, UPS and Alimondo have been service partners in a delivery service between Italy, the United States and West Germany.

Headquartered in Milan, Alimondo has a work force of more than 700 at its 40 facilitieslocated throughout Italy.

Airbus' A320 Receives

European Certification

WASHINGTON - The world's newest and most advanced jetliner has received European certification, clearing the way for deliveries to airline customers in late March.

The Airbus Industrie A320, powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines, has been certified by four European authorities - Britain's CAA, France's DGAC, West Germany's LBA and the Netherland's RLD.

The A320 is the first aircraft in history to be certificated jointly by these European authorities.

The Airbus Industrie A320 is a single-aisle twin-engined aircraft seating 130 to 179 passengers.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification is planned for later this year.

Passenger Traffic Rises

At Vancouver Airport

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Passenger traffic at Vancouver International Airport, the second busiest in Canada, after Toronto, grew by 20 percent in January.

Preliminary figures issued by Transport Canada show that there was a gain of 109,00 passengers for a total of 665,263. The corresponding figure for the opening month of 1987 was 546,474 passengers.

The bulk of the increase came from domestic activity, which yielded 93,687 more passengers.

Transport Canada, the government agency responsible for the airport, credits the upsurge to more frequent domestic flights and stimulation of the market through sales of deep discount fares.

Vancouver airport handled 8 million passengers in 1987 when the airport tower was the busiest in Canada.