TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

CLINTON URGED TO ADOPT

AIRLINE PANEL'S REPORT

WASHINGTON - A coalition of aviation interests has urged President Clinton to adopt the recommendations of a national panel created to revitalize the aviation industry, but expressed dismay over the administration's draft proposal to aid the industry.

The coalition, made up of 36 companies and trade associations, said ''decisive action" is needed to restore health to the aviation sector. It charged that the administration's draft simply recommends more study of the issues addressed by the airline commission.

The commission has criticized the administration draft as too vague and incomplete. Privately, administration officials said the commission's report already has been dismissed by Congress and that it doesn't address key issues such as the effect of competition on the airline industry.

FEDERAL EXPRESS PLANS

PHILIPPINE CENTER

Federal Express Corp. said Monday it will open a regional transportation center at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The center, to be located at Cubi Air Field, will be used to transload containers between Federal Express aircraft flying in the Asian-Pacific region, according to Brandon Davis, a company spokesman. It will not be used to sort freight, he said.

Operations are expected to begin within 18 months, the company said. The center will serve nine Asian cities in which Federal Express operates.

UNION TALKS TO RESUME

AT AMERICAN AIRLINES

DALLAS - American Airlines and its flight attendants union will meet today in New Orleans with a federal mediator in a last-ditch effort to avoid a strike, both sides said Monday.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents 21,000 workers at American, the nation's largest carrier, has said it will go on strike Thursday if an agreement is not reached.

The meeting would be the first time both parties have resumed bargaining since talks broke off Oct. 30.

Meanwhile, American has started training employees to replace the flight attendants if they go on strike.

TIPHOOK MAY SELL

CONTAINER DIVISION

LONDON - Tiphook PLC, the troubled transportation leasing company, announced Monday that it may sell its container division.

The company also said it has obtained facilities from its principal banks totaling some $47.5 million, along with an unspecified additional amount for interest payments. The new financing will enable Tiphook to meet its immediate working capital requirements, the company said.

Tiphook will need further support from its banks to meet its commitments through April 30 of next year, the company said.

Tiphook said its banks have agreed to defer principal payments and to waive outstanding defaults.

AEROVIAS DE MEXICO

BEGINS ONTARIO SERVICE

Aerovias de Mexico said it launched a new daily service Monday between Ontario, Calif., and Guadalajara, Mexico.

The carrier also will begin a new daily service between Ontario and Mexico City on Dec. 16. It will use MD-80 aircraft on both routes.

OMAHA STEAKS INKS

FEDERAL EXPRESS DEAL

OMAHA, Neb. - Omaha Steaks International said it has entered into an agreement with Federal Express Corp. to provide economy two-day service for all orders.

The company said the new arrangement will provide faster delivery than previously offered to most locations in the continental United States at no additional cost to customers of Omaha Steaks, which describes itself as a direct-response marketer of steaks, meats and other frozen gourmet foods.