AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

Hanjin Group Ships

First Boeing PartsEVERETT, Wash. - The Hanjin Group, the same Korean conglomerate that owns Hanjin Container Lines and Korean Air Lines, this week is shipping its first parts for use in a Boeing Co. jumbo jet.

Korean Air Aerospace of Pusan, South Korea, is building 300 sets of flap track fairings for Boeing under a contract awarded a year ago. The company also received a contract to begin producing 300 sets of 747 wing extensions for Boeing in June 1989. The value of the contracts was not announced.

Korean Air Aerospace, with about 1,600 employees and $45.4 million in 1986 sales, is a subsidiary of Korean Air Lines , which has 10,000 workers and 1986 sales of $1.6 billion. Korean Air in turn is a subsidary of Hanjin, which has 23,100 employees and 1986 sales of $2.6 billion.

Boeing's 747s are assembled in Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Loose Fuel Filter

Prompts Safety Checks

SEATTLE - Investigators studying the wreckage of a de Havilland commuter plane that crashed last week discovered a loose fuel filter, prompting the manufacturer of the plane's engines to ask other airlines with similar systems to check fuel connections.

Robert Benzon, chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in the Seattle accident, said Pratt & Whitney of Canada telegraphed airlines using its 2,000-horsepower PW120 engines to check for fuel filters that have not been screwed down securely. Mr. Benzon said such a filter was found on the Horizon Airlines plane that crashed in Seattle last week.

The discovery prompted Horizon Air to check all of its aircraft and spare engines, he said. The airline found that one of its spare engines had such a loose fuel filter.

Sundstrand Corp. of Rockford, Ill., manufactures the fuel assembly for the engines. Corporate spokesman Alan Engbring said the company had not been advised that the filter was under scrutiny.

AMR Eagle Investment

To Acquire Wings West

DFW AIRPORT, Texas - AMR Corp. and Wings West Airlines announced they have signed a merger agreement under which Wings West will be acquired by AMR Eagle Investment Inc., for $41.7 million or $10.50 a share. AMR Eagle is a AMR subsidiary.

AMR Eagle Investment has an option to buy 1.7 million Wings West shares, about 46 percent of the carriers' outstanding stock. Wings West has four principal shareholders, who agreed to vote their shares to approve the merger.

Wings West was founded in 1981 and operates 350 flights a day to 24 cities in four states: Arizona, California, Nevada and Oregon. The airline has 840 employees and 36 aircraft.

AMI Group Opens

Office in Houston

NEW YORK - AMI Group has opened a Houston branch.

It's the Belgium-based freight forwarder's second office in the United States and operates as a branch of AMI Air Freight and AMI Sea Freight, AMI's New York-based subsidiaries.

AMI Group operates over 60 offices in several sub-equatorial African nations.