AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

Eastern Appeals Ruling

Blocking Shuttle SaleAs expected, Eastern Airlines Tuesday filed an appeal of a federal judge's rulings that it not sell its East Coast air shuttle service.

The airline asked U.S. District Judge John H. Pratt to reverse his own March 10 contempt finding against Eastern for attempting to sell the shuttle. That ruling came in response to a complaint filed by the International Association of Machinists, which opposes the proposed sale.

The carrier also asked the judge for a partial stay of his Monday ruling that the airline would face $10,000-a-day fines for future transgressions , and that it must halt all efforts to gain federal permission for the shuttle deal.

Under the stay Eastern has requested, the airline would be allowed to proceed with its efforts to sell the shuttle but would not be permitted to complete the deal until the entire case was decided. In the meantime, Eastern would face no penalties.

In the proposed deal, Eastern would sell the shuttle to a new Texas Air subsidiary for $225 million. The shuttle flies between Boston, New York and Washington.

Northwest, Teamsters

Reach Tentative Pact

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Northwest Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Wednesday reached a tentative contract agreement for the airline's 6,500 flight attendants.

The accord, reached after two days of bargaining, averts a possible March 29 strike by flight attendants.

The agreement must first be approved by the union's negotiating committee and the flight attendant work force. This should take about 30 days, say company and union officials.

Pending ratification, Northwest won't unilaterally impose wage, work rule and benefit changes for flight attendants. In exchange, the Teamsters agreed not to engage in a job action during the period.

United to Buy Planes

It Had Been Leasing

CHICAGO - United Airlines will buy two DC-10-10 aircraft it has been leasing from General Electric Capital Corp.

United said the leases on the two planes will be extended to May 16, providing time to arrange financing to buy the planes from General Electric Capital Corp., owner and lessor of the wide-bodied planes.

Terms of the purchase weren't disclosed.

UTA Will Market

London City Service

LONDON - The French airline UTA has reached agreement to market and promote the air service between Paris and London's new Docklands airport operated by London City Airways, formerly Eurocity Express.

The deal between the two airlines matches that already operated by London City's rival at the new airport, Brymon Airways, with Air France.

Competition for business, mainly from up-market business travelers, has been keen since the two British airlines launched their services to Paris and Brussels when the city center airport opened last October.

The controversial 30 million ($55 million) airport, built on disused dockland in East London, has had its share of problems since opening.

TNT Skypak Offers

Soviet Package Service

WESTBURY, N.Y. - TNT Skypak now offers on-board courier service for packages to Moscow from the United States four days each week.

Transit time to Moscow is three days and costs $84 for a one-pound package, the company's highest rate. Deferred service also is available to the Soviet cities of Kiev, Leningrad, Odessa, Riga, Tallin and Vladivostok.

Air France Will Add

Flights in Caribbean

NEW YORK - Air France will inaugurate direct flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten, West Indies, starting Sunday.

Service between San Juan and Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, will be increased to daily flights from three times a week on the same date.