AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

LUFTHANSA SEEKS OK

TO SERVE 3 US CITIESLufthansa German Airlines has asked the Department of Transportation for permission to begin serving three U.S. cities that have no direct air service provided by American carriers to Frankfurt.

It's seeking permission to serve Charlotte, N.C.; Portland, Ore.; and Tampa, Fla., beginning July 5, with non-stop service between these cities and Frankfurt.

Initially, Lufthansa plans three-times-a-week service from Charlotte and twice a week from both Portland and Tampa. The airline will use DC-10 aircraft on the routes.

KLM SEEKS PERMISSION

FOR BALTIMORE SERVICE

BALTIMORE - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines filed for permission from the Department of Transportation to introduce a 747 combination passenger-cargo service from Amsterdam to here.

The service, initially weekly, could start as soon as June 1, if the DOT grants its approval within the next two weeks, according to Odette Fodor, a spokeswoman for KLM.

The application is the first to be filed by a foreign carrier under a new policy, announced by the DOT at the end of January.

TRUMP PRIVATE JET

MAY ESCAPE NOISE BAN

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A private jet owned by billionaire Donald Trump, who once joined with residents to fight airport noise, probably is exempt from limits on noisy jetliners at Palm Beach International Airport, an attorney for the county said.

The airport this week became the first major facility in the South to limit and possibly ban the noisiest aircraft.

Palm Beach County commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the plan as settlement of a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood organization that complained about the deafening sound of planes using the airport.

The settlement applies primarily to airlines, which are not bound by the agreement, but which the county intends to ask for compliance.

Mr. Trump owns an airline, Trump Shuttle, serving the northeastern United States, but his private Boeing 727 probably won't be affected.

THAI AIRWAYS RECEIVES

FIRST BOEING 747-400

SEATTLE - Thai Airways International Ltd. has taken delivery of its first Boeing Co. 747-400.

US AIR TO FLY NON-STOP

FROM LA TO ORLANDO

LOS ANGELES - US Air will begin a new non-stop service between Los Angeles and Orlando, Fla., and expand service from two to three round trip flights between Los Angeles and Baltimore on May 2.