TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

EX-CONTINENTAL OFFICIAL

BLASTS FRANK LORENZO

WASHINGTON - A former chief executive of Continental Airlines has charged that Frank Lorenzo, the carrier's former owner, "is not fit or qualified to operate an airline."

Joseph Corr, the former Continental executive, made the charge in an affidavit filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a statement issued by the International Association of Machinists.

DOT is currently conducting "fitness hearings" to determine whether Mr. Lorenzo should be granted authorization to begin operating a new airline out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The machinists, along with other unions that battled Mr. Lorenzo during his stewardship over Continental and Eastern Airlines, oppose his attempts to start a new carrier.

VIRGIN AIR SETTLES

WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC

NEW YORK - The lawsuit brought by U.S. Virgin Island-based Virgin Air against Britain's Virgin Atlantic Airways was settled out of court.

Virgin Air has agreed to change its name and to dismiss all charges of trademark infringement and unfair competition against Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Virgin Atlantic has agreed to make a contribution of $30,000 to assist Virgin Air with the costs incurred by the name change. Virgin Air's new name will be Air St. Thomas.

ALABAMA UPS UNIT

SETTLES BIAS CLAIM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - United Parcel Service in Birmingham agreed to pay $107,770 in back wages to 219 qualified applicants who were not hired because of race or gender, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

The agency found that during 1991 and 1992 the nationwide delivery service discriminated against 148 women and 71 minorities who had applied for part- time permanent and temporary clerical jobs.

The agency also found deficiencies in the company's affirmative action plan, according to a statement Monday.

UPS did not admit to any violation of federal equal employment laws but agreed to divide $107,770 equally in back pay among the 219 alleged victims of discrimination.