TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

EU COMMISSION TO STUDY

AEROSPACE PROPOSAL

BRUSSELS - The European Commission will examine a planned joint venture between British Aerospace PLC, France's Aerospatiale and Italy's Alenia under EU rules prohibiting anti-competitive behavior.

The European Union's competition watchdog said the venture did not fall under the bloc's merger regulation, but under the more difficult Article 85 of the Treaty of Rome.

British Aerospace, Aerospatiale and Alenia's subsidiary Finmeccanica plan to create a jointly owned company in Toulouse, Aerospatiale's home in southern France, to market and provide after-sales support for regional airliners.

The ruling is a setback for the companies, since investigations into cases under Article 85 are less predictable and do not have any legal time limit.

But the commission may make a preliminary decision in September on whether to clear the deal, a commission spokesman said.

FAA ADMINISTRATOR

TO SPEAK AT LUNCHEON

WASHINGTON - David R. Hinson, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will be the speaker at the Transportation Table luncheon Friday at the National Press Club.

He will discuss "More Turbulence Ahead for the FAA?" The twice-monthly event, which has a news conference format, is sponsored by The Journal of Commerce and Traffic World magazine.

For reservations call India Jackson at The Journal of Commerce (202) 383-6100.

BURLINGTON AIR EXPRESS

EXPANDS IN MEXICO

IRVINE, Calif. - Burlington Air Express said it recently expanded its company-owned operations in Mexico with the opening of offices in Chihuahua and Monterrey. It already had offices in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

"Mexico is increasingly becoming a more important market for Burlington as the influence of Nafta grows. Monterrey and Chihuahua were logical additions to our company-owned office network," said Greg Montgomery, vice president and managing director of Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Burlington is strengthening its presence in Mexico at a time when other carriers are pulling back, he added, referring to United Parcel Service's decision to terminate its ground service to Mexico.

DOT TAPS CHARTERERS

TO FERRY AID TO AFRICA

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Defense Department is tapping commercial air cargo charter companies to ferry more than 120 tons of humanitarian aid to Africa later this summer, U.S. Air Mobility Command spokesmen said Tuesday.

Air Mobility Command, the air lift branch of the U.S. Transportation Command, is coordinating the missions, which involve transporting medical supplies and pharmaceuticals worth more than $1.3 million to the Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The supplies are being donated by Americares Foundation Inc. and the Dutch humanitarian relief agency Schiphol Triport.

The first aircraft will be a DC-8 charter belonging to Air Transport International carrying 39 tons of supplies from Americares and the Netherlands to Africa.

Two more missions are scheduled to follow on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. The air charter companies for those flights have not yet been selected, said Air Force Major Joe Davis, spokesman for Air Mobility Command.

AIRMAX OPENS OFFICE

IN NORTH CAROLINA

CHICAGO - Airmax Inc., an air freight forwarder based here, has opened an office in Kinston, N.C.

The office will be used to manage time-sensitive shipments through North Carolina's Global TransPark, a state-managed transportation center.

Airmax serves more than 80 international airlines with cargo services from overseas to North America.

HUB CITY TENNESSEE

OPENS NASHVILLE OFFICE

LOMBARD, Ill. - Hub City Tennessee Terminals Inc., a subsidiary of Hub Group Inc., has opened a new sales office in Nashville, Tenn.

The new office, headed by Louis G. Moix, will spearhead Hub's marketing efforts in Tennessee.