BRIEFS

BRIEFS

PLANES

IMPROPERLY LABELED

AMMO MAY LEAD TO FINES

WASHINGTON - An improperly labeled and documented shipment of shotgun cartridges by plane resulted in proposed fines of $60,000 against each of three companies, the Federal Aviation Administra-

tion said.

The FAA said Bismuth Cartridge Co. of Dallas had offered DHL Airlines the job of shipping 215 boxes of the shells to England. DHL then offered the shipment to American Airlines. The shipment flew aboard two of American's regularly scheduled passenger flights in July 1996.

The FAA cited the three companies for knowingly offering and accepting a hazardous cargo.

SABRE GROUP TO SERVE

GULF AIR INFOTECH NEEDS

FORT WORTH - Sabre Group and Bahrain's Gulf Air signed a 10-year, $165 million that calls for the airline to outsource its information technology functions to Sabre.

Under the pact, Sabre will now will be responsible for Gulf Air's IT data center and network management. Although the airline will maintain a small staff of IT specialists, Gulf Air's data center will be moved to Tulsa, Okla.

JINAN-MOSCOW CARGO

FLIGHTS ON THE RISE

JINAN, China - The number of air cargo flights to Moscow from Jinan in coastal Shandong province has increased to 19 from 12 and should increased to 30 by March, officials said.

Three domestic air companies with charter flights have moved their business headquarters closer to Jinan Airport and have leased cargo planes from Russia.

TRUCKS

MEXICO NAMES CHIEF

OF ROAD, BRIDGE AGENCY

MEXICO CITY - The federal government named Gustavo Carvajal Moreno to head the agency for federal toll roads and bridges and related services (Capufe), the Communications and Transport Ministry said.

Mr. Carvajal Moreno replaces Francisco Javier Alejo, who had served in the post for the past three years.

The new director of Capufe has held a number of political positions in the ruling party and in the federal government. Mr. Carvajal Moreno, a former federal deputy and senator, has served as secretary general and president of the national committee of the Institutional Ruling Party.

He has previously been a secretary for agrarian reform, labor undersecretary and a director of the development bank Banobras.

TRAINS

RAIL TRAFFIC

RESUMES ACROSS BOSNIA

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Commercial railroad traffic resumed Thursday across Bosnia's ethnic divide, with the first freight train heading to the Adriatic Port of Ploce, railway officials said.

The 30-car train departed the town of Tuzla in the country's Muslim-Croat federation and traveled through the Serb republic on the way to the Adriatic coast in neighboring Croatia. An agreement in early February between transport ministries in the country's two autonomous territories, the Muslim-Croat federation and Serb republic, paved the way for Thursday's trip.