TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS

BWIA INSTALLS SABRE

RESERVATION SYSTEM

FORT WORTH - BWIA International Airways has installed AMR Corp.'s Sabre passenger reservation system at all of its ticket offices and reservations facilities, AMR announced.

The carrier, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is also the first airline to become a multihost user of Sabre Qik, a new system that provides a real-time interface to the Sabre host system.

BWIA and American Airlines, an AMR subsidiary, are planning a code-sharing agreement later this year in which each carrier will places its code on selected flights operated by the other.

MOBILE PHONE PACT

DEBATED BY JAPAN, EU

GENEVA - Trade negotiators from Japan and the European Union on Monday discussed the propriety of a 1994 Japan-U.S. agreement on mobile phones under the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement procedures, Japanese officials said.

The dispute emerged after the EU called the deal discriminatory against European makers in favor of U.S. communications equipment giant Motorola Inc.

Under the deal, Japan agreed to allow Nippon Idou Tsushin Corp. to set up radio wave relay stations that run on the technical formula developed by Motorola.

The EU filed an official complaint with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade last autumn and Japan and the EU discussed the issue for the first time last December.

After the GATT was replaced by the WTO last January, the EU renewed its official complaint with the global trade referee in August.

BOEING CO. POSTPONES

DELIVERY OF FIRST 777

SEATTLE - Boeing Co. is postponing delivery of British Airways' first new 777 jetliner until October to allow completion of certification testing on the airframe and General Electric engine combination.

The plane, the first of 15 orders by British Airways, was scheduled for delivery late this month. The twinjet is Boeing's first new jetliner in over a decade, the high-tech product of a five-year, $5 billion project.

The BA delivery delay follows recent modifications to the GE90 engine, which has experienced performance problems during flight testing. Because of the modifications GE and Boeing will conduct further testing.

BA has options for 15 additional 777s. Five other carriers have ordered 777s powered by the GE90 engine.

TRW AIR BAG PLANT HIT

BY ANOTHER EXPLOSION

MESA, Ariz. - Authorities were investigating an explosion Sunday night at TRW Safety Systems, the 17th such incident in the past 12 months at the automobile safety air bag plant here.

City fire officials said the blast occurred in a building where chemicals are mixed by remote control as part of the process for making air bags.

No one was injured, and there was no immediate damage estimate.

There have been 43 explosions, fires or chemical spills at TRW's two Mesa plants since 1988.