MORE CAPACITY IN THE MIDWEST

MORE CAPACITY IN THE MIDWEST

The following are the latest developments and refinements in products, equipment and services in the air cargo industry:

CAPACITY JUMPS AT O'HARE

Three major international airlines are increasing cargo capacity to and from Chicago this fall.

United Airlines led the way with the launch of a daily 767-300 passenger service between O'Hare International Airport and London's Heathrow.

The aircraft is capable of holding 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of cargo, depending on passenger loads, said Joe Samudovsky, United's director of cargo marketing.

Malaysian Airlines initiated a weekly freighter service, using an MD-11 chartered from World Airways to fly a route connecting Chicago; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Air France will expand capacity between Chicago and Paris on Oct. 29, when it replaces a daily passenger flight with a 747 combi operating five times a week that carries 27 tons of cargo on the main deck and in the belly. The combi will supplement an Air France 747 freighter that serves Chicago five days a week.

AIRBORNE RUNWAY

Airborne Express, the nation's third-largest air-express company, inaugurated a second runway at its privately owned airport and sorting hub in Wilmington, Ohio.

The 9,000-foot, $60 million runway represents about half of a $120 million expansion of the hub. Airborne also is building a 330,000-square-foot warehouse there.

The runway allows for simultaneous takeoffs and landings, improving Airborne's ability to handle an increasing volume of time-sensitive deliveries, the company said.

DHL EXPANDS IN OHIO

DHL Worldwide Express launched a $1 million facility at its primary U.S. hub in Cincinnati.

The 30,000-square-foot warehouse, designed to accommodate the increasing demand for heavier shipments, is adjacent to DHL's central sorting facility at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

That airport is the hub for overnight U.S. shipments and the primary gateway for traffic between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The new building will house the sorting operations for shipments of more than 100 pounds, which require special handling because they cannot be integrated into the conveyor-belt sorting system used for documents and smaller packages.

The Cincinnati facility is the largest in DHL's international network, with 43 flights arriving nightly. It handles more than 137,000 letters, packages and freight shipments a day.

CUSTOMS FACILITY OPENS

Federal Express opened a customs-clearance facility at Oakland International Airport to handle shipments arriving from Asia via FedEx's new nonstop flight

from Osaka.

That flight, part of FedEx's AsiaOne network, will provide next-business- day service to many West Coast cities from Singapore; Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines.

KLM UNIT ADDS INDIA RUN

The KLM Cargo subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a weekly freight service between Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport and Madras in southern India.

The service, which connects to KLM's freighter service between Amsterdam and Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, supplements the carrier's seven Boeing 747 weekly round-trip cargo flights between Amsterdam and Bombay, Calcutta and New Delhi.

'PLUS SERVICE' DEBUTS

United Parcel Service introduced an early-morning delivery to most major U.S. metropolitan areas for shipments from Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The service, known as Worldwide Express Plus Service, will guarantee 8 a.m. delivery in the designated cities, and 8:30 a.m. in other destinations. Shippers using the service will receive automatic notification of any time-in- transit delays as well as automatic delivery confirmation.

CHINESE AGENCY UPGRADES

The Civil Aviation Administration of China put into operation a Digital Equipment Corp. Alpha 8200 high-speed computer system as part of its modernization.

Clement Zhang, country manager of DEC in Maynard, Mass., said the Alpha 8200 is the only computer server system in the world capable of 1 billion instructions per second. It is the first installation of the system in the Asia-Pacific region, he said.

S. AFRICAN ALLIANCE GROWS

Lufthansa Cargo AG and South African Airways agreed to increase the frequency of their joint freighter service to four flights a week, beginning Oct. 1.

An SAA 747 freighter will operate two weekly flights linking Johannesburg and Frankfurt, with an intermediate stop in Nairobi, Kenya. Lufthansa has been flying the route with its own freighter twice a week since 1988.

Meanwhile, Lufthansa Cargo reported pretax profit of $1.9 million on revenue of $1.1 billion for the first half of the year.

Cargo volume for the period was 868,000 short tons, 10.9 percent more than expected.

RUSSIAN ROUTE CLEARED

Officials in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin said an air route has opened to Vladivostok, on Russia Pacific coast. The flight takes 90 minutes.

EVA CHOOSES ENGINE

EVA Airways selected the V2500 jet engine to power the new MD-90 aircraft it is buying from McDonnell Douglas Corp., according to IAE International Aero Engines AG.

EVA, in conjunction with Makung International Airlines, placed six firm orders for the aircraft this month, with options for another six. Deliveries will begin late next year.

Including spare engines, the order has a potential incremental value of $170 million to IAE, a joint venture among five engine manufacturers, including Pratt & Whitney.