AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

EUROPEAN AIRLINES JOIN

FORCES TO REDUCE COSTSFour European airlines - Swissair, Scandinavian Airlines System, Austrian Airlines and Finnair - have joined forces in an effort to cut costs.

They are planning to buy 239 new planes together and have invited two aircraft manufacturers to submit bids.

The four airlines are seeking bids from McDonnell Douglas Corp. of the United States for its not-yet-completed MD-90 aircraft and from Airbus Industrie, a European consortium, for its A320 and A321 jets, according to a newspaper report.

It is believed to be the most ambitious attempt by airlines to collaborate in an effort to reduce the cost of their jet purchases by placing a group order.

Airbus confirmed Wednesday that it received a preliminary request for bids from the four airlines.

BOEING'S TEST JETLINER

FLIES INTO RETIREMENT

SEATTLE - The red and white No. 1 Boeing 747, the aircraft that ushered in the era of giant jetliners and forever changed the commercial air transport industry, flew into retirement Wednesday.

Christened the "City of Everett," RA001, as Boeing Commercial Airplane Group calls it, retired following a 21-year productive life as a test airplane.

The largest aircraft ever built for commercial use, the 747 was first announced April 13, 1966, when Pan American World Airways signed for 25 of the jumbo jets for a grand total of $525 million. Today that would buy four 747s.

Rolled out of the Boeing factory near Everett, Wash., Sept. 30, 1968, the 747 first flew on Feb. 9, 1969. Certification was obtained on Dec. 30, 1969.

Since then, RA001 served as a test bed for numerous systems improvements.

FAA APPROVES GRANT

FOR NEW DENVER AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a $90 million grant to help underwrite construction of the new Denver International Airport.

In addition, Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner sent Congress a letter requesting $351 million for the airport construction over the next eight years.

AEROFLOT SELECTS

GE ENGINES FOR A310S

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Aeroflot, the Soviet national airline, has selected General Electric Co. CF6-80C2 engines to power five Airbus Industrie A310-300 aircraft it has ordered, as well as five on which it has options.

The GE engines will be the first Western-manufactured power plants in Aeroflot's 3,000-aircraft fleet.

EASTERN CLARIFIES

1990 LOSS ESTIMATE

NEW YORK - Eastern Airlines Wednesday clarified data released Tuesday and said it expected a loss of $330 million for the year, not the first quarter.

''The expected loss is from airline operations and is (revised up from) the $145 million included in the company's original business plan for this year," an Eastern announcement said.

''However, after capital gains of $375 million, Eastern still expects to report a net profit of approximately $45 million for 1990, (down from) an originally projected net profit after capital gains of $230 million in the original plan."

LYNDEN UNIT OFFERS

CANADA FREIGHT SERVICE

SEATTLE - Lynden Air Freight says it is offering air freight service in Canada.

There are 10 major urban air cargo markets within Canada for originated delivery service, the company said.

Of these, Lynden currently operates stations in four - Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

Lynden said it is using agents for the new service. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seattle-based Lynden Inc.