AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

OLYMPIC AIRWAYS PLANS

MAJOR FLEET UPGRADEATHENS, Greece - Greece's state-owned airline, Olympic Airways, plans to spend $800 million in the next five years to renew its 32-plane fleet, the company's general manager said Thursday.

Loukas Grammatikos said Olympic will exchange three Boeing Co. 767s, ordered two years ago but not yet delivered, for six 737-400 aircraft under an agreement with Boeing.

Delivery will start in September 1991 and be completed by that December, he said. Each 737-400 will cost Olympic about $32 million.

To boost capacity on its European network, Olympic plans to order two A300-600s from Airbus Industrie, the European aircraft consortium, for delivery in 1992 and 1994.

INDIAN AIRLINES SELLING

FOUR A320 AIRBUSES

NEW DELHI, India - State-run Indian Airlines will sell four A320 Airbuses scheduled for delivery and lease another 14 grounded since one of its Airbuses crashed in February, a spokesman for the airline said on Thursday.

The spokesman said the four A320s were ready for delivery at Toulouse, France, headquarters of the four-nation European Airbus Industrie that manufactures the A320.

"There are many parties waiting for the delivery of A320 aircraft. There is a premium on them," he said, adding that global tenders would soon be issued.

The 14 grounded A320s would be leased for at least six months, he said.

COMAIR PLANS SERVICE

TO HUNTSVILLE, ALA.

CINCINNATI - Comair Inc., Delta Air Lines' connector airline, will begin service between Huntsville, Ala., and Cincinnati June 18.

The three nonstop, round-trip flights will be operated with Embraer Brasilia aircraft.

JAL GETS GO-AHEAD

ON WASHINGTON FLIGHTS

NEW YORK - Japan Airlines said the Japanese Ministry of Transport has granted the airline three Washington-Tokyo non-stop flights beginning in October.

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the United States and Japan last November, JAL also was awarded two extra weekly passenger flights between Chicago and Tokyo and was given gateway rights to Maui via Honolulu as well as Boston via its new Washington service.

JAL said the transport ministry also approved a new daily JAL flight between Tokyo's Haneda domestic airport and Hirsohima, beginning in July.

SAUDI AIRLINE PROVIDES

NY-EUROPE FREIGHTERS

JAMAICA, N.Y. - Saudi Arabian Airlines has begun Boeing 747 freighter service between New York and Brussels, Belgium. The weekly flight leaves New York on Sunday, arriving in the Belgian capital the same night.