AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

AUSTRALIAN PILOTS

SAID TO SOFTEN STANDSYDNEY, Australia - Australia's domestic airline pilots are ready to return to the country's central wage-fixing system and accept the authority of the Industrial Relations Commission, the main labor court.

But the Australian Federation of Airline Pilots said the commission would have to help its members seek re-employment with the airlines, according to a broadcast report.

This announcement represents a softening in the stand of the pilots.

The union last year rejected both the country's central wage- fixing system and the authority of the commission in its campaign for a 30 percent wage hike.

AMERICAN AIRLINES BUYS

AT&T MICROCOMPUTERS

NEW YORK - American Airlines, Dallas, has purchased a reported $25 million in new microcomputers and networking equipment.

American Telephone & Telegraph Co., New York, is the microcomputer supplier. AT&T said the American Airlines deal represents its largest sale of computer equipment to date. The units involved are "workstations" - high powered machines dedicated to a specific task.

Proteon Inc., Westborough, Mass., is supplying communications hardware and software to American Airlines. This software will tie the AT&T computers into local area networks so they can work with each other effectively. The networks themselves also can be knitted into a global web.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

TO USE P&W ENGINES

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will fit the 30 Boeing Co. 747-400 and 20 McDonnell Douglas Corp. MD-11 aircraft it is buying with Pratt & Whitney engines worth about $2.2 billion.

Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corp. of Hartford, Conn.

USAIR PLANS NON-STOPS

TO PUERTO RICAN CITY

BALTIMORE - USAir will inaugurate new non-stop service between Baltimore/ Wash ington International Airport and San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin Airport on May 2.

The new service will be operated with Boeing Co. 727 jets.

SOUTHWEST RECEIVES

FIRST OF 38 737-500S

SEATTLE - Southwest Airlines has received the first 737-500 from Boeing Co.

The airplane was delivered to the carrier at its home base in Dallas. Southwest has ordered 38 of these airplanes.

DELTA OFFERS NON-STOPS

FROM MICHIGAN, OHIO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Delta Air Lines has introduced non-stop service from here and to its hub in Cincinnati.

DETROIT SUBMITS PLAN

FOR AIRPORT EXPANSION

DETROIT - The city has submitted a preliminary airport layout plan covering the proposed expansion of City Airport to the Federal Aviation Authority and to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission for review.

The plan is one of several steps in the city's ongoing preparation of an Airport Master Plan, which will be completed later this year.

MIDWAY BEGINS FLIGHTS

TO RI FROM PHILA.

PHILADELPHIA - Midway Airlines has begun offering three daily round-trip flights to Providence, R.I.'s Theodore Francis Green State Airport, from Philadelphia International Airport.

Midway will use a McDonnell Douglas Corp. DC9-30 aircraft for the service.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES GETS

FIRST BOEING 737-500

SEATTLE - Southwest Airlines has received its first Boeing Co. 737-500.

Southwest has ordered 38 of these airplanes.