AVIATION BRIEFS

AVIATION BRIEFS

PAN AM PURSUES

SALE OF SHUTTLEPan Am Corp. Friday said it is pursuing the possible sale "or other commercial transaction involving the Pan Am Shuttle" to boost liquidity.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Pan Am said it may sell the shuttle connecting Boston, New York and Washington and also is contemplating "additional sale and leaseback transactions and the sale of the Internal German Service . . . in order to provide additional liquidity to support the operations of its principal subsidiary, Pan American World Airways."

Analysts said the shuttle could fetch $300 to $500 million.

Possible buyers for Pan Am's shuttle include America West Airlines Inc., USAir Inc. and Delta Air Lines, analysts said.

One analyst noted, however, that Texas Air Corp., which once owned the predecessor to the Pan Am shuttle, "may still have the right of first refusal in buying the shuttle back."

UNITED AND SABENA

SIGN MARKETING PACT

CHICAGO - United Airlines signed a comprehensive marketing agreement with Sabena World Airlines.

The agreement calls for meshing United Airlines and Sabena flight schedules at Sabena's five gateway cities: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York.

United also has marketing agreements with Air France, Alitalia, Australian Airlines, British Airways, Iberia Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, and Scandinavian Airlines System.

SOUTHWEST, COMAIR HIKE

SERVICE FROM DETROIT

DETROIT - Two commercial air carriers recently announced increases in flight service to and from Detroit City Airport.

Starting June 1, Southwest Airlines will add three additional flights daily - two to Chicago's Midwest Airport and one to St. Louis.

Comair, Delta Air Lines' commuter service, started nine flights daily to Cincinnati International Airport and also will provide two flights on Saturdays and Sundays. Comair has discontinued service to Cleveland.

FAA ASKS OPERATORS

TO CHECK BOEING 737S

SEATTLE - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order asking operators of 378 Boeing 737s built during the past two years to inspect the planes after a steering wheel came off in a copilot's hands during a flight, a FAA spokesman said.