AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

Pan Am Achieves Pact

With Flight EngineersFlight engineers at Pan American World Airways overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract.

The contract, covering approximately 700 flight engineers, reflects significant changes in wages and work rules that Pan Am has been seeking to reduce its labor cost structure.

This is the first of the fully ratified labor agreements that Pan Am has been seeking from each of its labor groups.

The Air Line Pilots Association, representing 1,500 company pilots, and the Independent Union of Flight Attendants, representing 4,000 flight attendants, currently have tentative contract settlements out for membership ratification.

A total of 4,300 passenger service, reservations, accounting and clerical employees represented by the Teamsters currently are working under revised pay and work rules the company imposed in February, when the two parties failed to reach a negotiated contract settlement.

Delta Air Lines Buys

Four Lockheed Planes

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines has bought four Lockheed Corp.L-1011-500 aircraft

from United Airlines. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The aircraft, to be delivered in May and June, will be used in international service.

Traffic Reports

SkyWest Airlines set a single-month record in March for revenue passenger- miles , flying 16.2 million RPMs, a 34.2 percent jump from 12.1 million RPMs flown in the same month a year ago.

The St. George, Utah-based carrier's load factor was 44.5 percent, up from 40.1 percent.

For the first three months of the year, SkyWest flew 42.6 million RPMs, up 30.3 percent from 32.7 million RPMs. Load factor rose to 41.8 percent from 41.3 percent.

Trans World Airlines in March flew 2.7 billion revenue passenger-miles, up

from 2.6 billion in March 1987. Load factor was 63.1 percent this March, compared with 67.4 percent in March 1987.

In year-to-date figures, RPMs increased 4 percent to 7 billion, up from 6.7 billion in 1987. Load factor for the New York-based airline in 1988 was 55.9 percent compared with 60.2 percent in the first two months of 1987.