TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

THREATENED RAIL STRIKE

POSTPONED IN LONDON

LONDON - A strike planned for Wednesday on the London Underground rail system was called off, but union leaders threatened a two-day stoppage unless there was progress in pay talks, the U.K. Press Association reported.

That strike would start at noon on Sept. 20 and last until noon Sept. 22.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union had called a 24-hour walkout for Wednesday in its long-running dispute over London Underground management's ''final" 3 percent pay offer.

That was postponed after an appeal by arbitrators for a new meeting to try to settle the dispute.

DOT TO ELIMINATE

13 PERCENT OF ITS REGULATIONS

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Department is planning to eliminate about 13 percent of its regulations by eradicating or consolidating rules, DOT Secretary Federico Pena said.

The DOT is rewriting another 37 percent of its rules, to make them easier to understand.

The actions are the DOT's response to President Clinton's regulatory reform initiative.

Each of the DOT's branches conducted a page-by-page review of the Code of Federal Regulations to decide which rules should be changed or eliminated.

MASSPORT HIRES MANAGER

FOR CARGO DEVELOPMENT

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Port Authority has appointed Daniel Gyves as cargo-development manager, with responsibility for developing programs that promote use of Logan International Airport and Massport's regional facilities for air cargo.

Mr. Gyves most recently served as a transportation analyst for the New York state Department of Transportation in Manhattan.

He joins Massport's newly reorganized tourism-marketing and route- development department.

BOEING, CHINA AIR TRY

TO FINALIZE SALE OF JETS

NEW YORK - Boeing Co. said talks with Air China on a major order, which sources say could be worth up to $2 billion, are continuing but nothing has been finalized.

Mark Hooper, a Boeing spokesman, said "nothing has been signed yet," but the two parties are in negotiations.

Asian reports last week said the Chinese government had already signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for the purchase of 15 Boeing 777s, for $1.9 billion.