TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

USAIR GROUP PLANS

TO SLASH 2,500 JOBS

ARLINGTON, Va. - USAir Group plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs beginning in November because of expected losses for the third quarter and the year, the carrier said Thursday.

Seth E. Schofield, the carrier's chairman and chief executive, expressed disappointment that 1993 revenue, while significantly above last year's levels, fell short of expectations this summer.

As a result, USAir expects a pretax loss for the third quarter of approximately $180 million and operating and net losses for the year. The third-quarter pretax loss will include a nonrecurring charge of $75 million.

Anticipated third quarter financial results will include nonrecurring charges for severance, early out and other personnel-related expenses.

The company also indicated that its results for 1993 will include a one- time pretax charge of $44 million for a retroactive accounting change.

SWISSAIR'S MD-11 FLEET

RETURNS TO FULL STRENGTH

ZURICH, Switzerland - All 12 aircraft in Swissair's McDonnell Douglas MD- 11 fleet are now back in service, the carrier said Thursday.

The Swiss national carrier grounded two MD-11 aircraft on Aug. 16, due to a shortage of spare engines. The first of those two aircraft returned to service Aug. 31 and the second on Monday.

Separately, the carrier said it will launch a weekly nonstop service to Muscat, capital of Oman, beginning Nov. 6.

2 COMPANIES LAUNCH

MEXICAN SERVICES

SAN FRANCISCO - InterPost Systems USA Inc. and Hemisphere Marketing Inc. have begun distribution and marketing services to Mexico.

InterPost, based in Des Plaines, Ill., is an arm of KLM and Dutch PTT Post. The company is offering faster delivery by direct mailing through the Mexican post office, as well as hand delivery service in Mexico City.

For its part, San Francisco-based Hemisphere offers complete direct mail and marketing services, including providing Mexican mailing lists, writing and translating copy, design of direct mail packages and printing.