BRIEFS

BRIEFS

AIR JAMAICA LINKS ITS

SERVICE TO DELTAKINGSTON, Jamaica - Air Jamaica and Delta Air Lines have an agreement linking their passenger and cargo services between several U.S. cities and the Caribbean.

Under the pact, Air Jamaica will provide service to Delta passengers from U.S. cities to Montego Bay, the Jamaican airline's hub, and then to other Caribbean countries.

Delta will reciprocate, starting June 1, by offering seats on its flights to Air Jamaica.

''This is a win-win situation for Delta and Air Jamaica,'' said Robert Coggins, Delta's executive vice president for marketing. ''This gives us access to new destinations.''

This is the first reciprocal code-sharing agreement between Air Jamaica and any airline, said Chris Zacca, Air Jamaica's chief executive.

The airlines will cooperate in marketing their freight and passenger services to achieve greater efficiency, according to company spokesmen.

Air Jamaica is now privately owned after its sale by the Jamaican government. It flies routes to several cities, including New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

WERNER ENTERPRISES

POSTS RECORD EARNINGS

OMAHA - Werner Enterprises Inc. said its first-quarter 1998 earnings were a record $10.9 million, or 28 cents a share, a 46 percent improvement over the year-earlier quarter's earnings of $7.4 million, or 19 cents a share.

Revenue rose 16 percent, to $199.7 million from $172.0 million.

The trucking company's operating ratio - expense divided by revenue - was 90.9 percent in the first quarter, improving 2.4 percentage points. Werner also announced a five-for-four split in the company's stock to take the form of a 25 percent stock dividend.