TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TNT DUGAN TO OPEN

FIVE NEW TERMINALS

WICHITA, Kan. - TNT Dugan, one of the regional carriers that make up the TNT Freightways Corp. family of less-than-truckload carriers, is set to open five new terminals next month, including its first two in the Dakotas.

The company plans to open terminals in Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D., by Sept. 18. The carrier, based in Wichita, had served the two states through agents rather than company-owned terminals.

The carriers' other expansion plans are in Orlando and Miami, and Grand Island, Neb., soon after the Dakota openings. The company already has opened seven terminals this year, in Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.; Columbus, Ga.; Shreveport, La.; Washington, Mo.; and Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.

TNT Dugan serves the central, south and southeastern United States. TNT

Freightways, of Rosemont, Ill., includes six LTL carriers that provide national coverage.

TNT SAYS BRITAIN

DEPENDS UPON CHUNNEL

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - More than 95 percent of the United Kingdom's road exports to continental Europe are going through the Channel Tunnel, according to TNT Express Worldwide. The global distribution company said that about 130 tons of goods are passing through the tunnel each night.

TNT Express itself sends more than 150 cargo trailers a week through the tunnel, which has given the company significant additional capacity, flexibility and timeliness for its overnight deliveries to Northern Europe, said Chris Pierce, TNT divisional manager.

EMIRATES AIRLINE PLANS

FLIGHTS TO VIETNAM

HANOI, Vietnam - Dubai-based Emirates Airline said it would start twice- weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 30, the latest link in an expanding chain of international flights to and from Vietnam.

The new service would promote trade and tourism between Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates as well as the rest of the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, the UAE carrier said in a statement.

The Airbus A303 flights to Ho Chi Minh City will go on to Singapore, where the return leg will originate.

Emirates will be the 23rd foreign airline flying to Vietnam.

According to international aviation industry forecasts, Vietnam's international traffic will rise to more than 17 million passengers in 2010

from 1.2 million in 1993.

KANE GRAY TO PROVIDE

LOGISTICS FOR VALLEY

LODI, Calif. - Valley Industries, a manufacturer of trailer hitches and accessories, has hired Kane Gray Inc. to provide third-party logistics management services.

Kane Gray of Portland, Ore., will design, implement and manage Valley's transportation and distribution programs. The firm employs 17 people in Portland and recently opened offices in Atlanta and Seattle.

The logistics company also announced that Valley has chosen Nations Way Transport Service Inc. as its primary less-than-trailerload transcontinental contract carrier.

JAPANESE SATELLITE

RIDES ATLAS INTO ORBIT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket lobbed a powerful Japanese communications satellite into orbit Monday.

The spacecraft is the third in a series owned and operated by Japan Satellite Systems Inc.

Dubbed JCSAT-3, the satellite will beam voice, data and television signals throughout Japan, west to India, south to Australia and New Zealand, and east to Hawaii.

Lockheed Martin officials declared the launch a success about 30 minutes after blastoff, when the Atlas' Centaur upper stage released the JCSAT-3 into a temporary orbit ranging from 103 miles to 49,000 miles above the planet.

An onboard motor would fire later to reshape the orbit into a 22,300 mile- high circle around the equator.

JCSAT-3 is the ninth satellite built by Hughes Space and Communications to be launched this year.