TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

FLORIDA WEST COMPLETES

SALE TO INVESTORSA federal bankruptcy trustee announced Monday that the sale of Florida West Airlines to a group of investors has been completed.

The investors, including Richard L. Haberly, Florida West president, paid $3.5 million in cash for the cargo carrier, which operates two 707 freighters in the Latin American and Caribbean trades.

Other investors in the carrier include Fast Air, a Chilean cargo airline.

HAWKER 800XP JET

WINS CERTIFICATION

WICHITA, Kansas - Raytheon Aircraft's latest variant of the Hawker medium passenger jet, the 800XP, has won certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Britain's Civil Aviation Authority.

There are 273 Hawker 800s in service, making the jet the most successful of the many variants of the Hawker family. The 800XP is the first upgrade to the Hawker 800 since Raytheon Co. acquired the program from British Aerospace in 1993.

Raytheon plans to begin delivering the new Hawkers this fall.

CON-WAY OPENS

VERMONT TERMINALS

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Con-Way Central Express (CCX) has opened new terminals in eastern Vermont, near St. Johnsbury and Bellows Falls.

CCX, part of the family of regional less-than-truckload carriers that make up Con-Way Transportation Services, serves a 25-state area in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as portions of eastern Canada.

The St. Johnsbury area facility, in Wells River, has 10 doors and employs seven people, including five drivers. The Bellows Falls area facility has 15 doors and employs nine people, including seven drivers.

SALES EXECUTIVE NAMED

HEAD OF BOEING INDIA

SEATTLE - A senior Boeing Co. sales executive has been named president of Boeing India and will open a new office in Bombay.

Dinesh Keskar, formerly Boeing's director of sales for India, will be responsible for all the company's airline support, sales and industrial activities in India. He reports to Ron Woodard, president of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.

Since India's domestic airline industry began deregulation in 1991, the number of airlines has grown, to 17 from two. Boeing said that air travel has been growing by more than 12 percent a year in India, and the company forecasts India will need $18 billion of new aircraft over the next 20 years to meet demand.