TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

EEOC CHARGES FEDEX

WITH DISCRIMINATION

MEMPHIS - Federal Express Corp. discriminated against a physically handicapped employee by denying him access aboard company aircraft, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged in federal court.

As an employee privilege, the Memphis integrated carrier allows non-flight workers to catch rides aboard company planes when space is available.

But Richard Bower, 41, a FedEx flight controller, filed a complaint with the federal employment agency saying he was denied the jump-seat privilege

because he wears leg braces due to a birth defect.

A potential passenger's ability to exit an aircraft quickly and follow flight crew instruction in an emergency are taken into account when approving jump-seat use, said Shirlee Clark, a FedEx spokeswoman.

In its federal court suit against FedEx, the EEOC says denial of jump-seat privileges to handicapped employees violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES

IN AIRCRAFT PARTS VENTURE

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia Airlines and British Aerospace signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and manufacture composite parts for aircraft interiors, particularly aircraft seating, the Bernama news service reported last week.

British Aerospace said the agreement would facilitate business opportunities for MAS and Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

''The work will build upon MAS' aircraft engineering expertise and the country's existing experience in composite manufacture," the statement added.

WISCONSIN CENTRAL

RETIRES $40 MILLION DEBT

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Wisconsin Central Transportation Co. has prepaid $40 million of senior notes carrying an 11.625 percent interest rate with a combination of cash and funds from a revolving credit agreement.

Wisconsin Central said it would incur a prepayment penalty of $3.5 million, resulting in an extraordinary charge in the third quarter of $2.1 million, or 13 cents a share.

Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Power Jr. said the new debt has a floating interest rate of 6.4 percent that is substantially lower than the rate on the notes.

ICC OFFERS SYSTEM

FOR INSURANCE FILING

WASHINGTON - The Interstate Commerce Commission has a new, optional system for the electronic filing of evidence for a firm's insurance coverage. The system allows users to file electronic evidence of its possession of appropriate surety bonds, trust fund agreements, or certificates of insurance, as well as notices of the cancellation of such bonds, funds, or coverage.

A free guide to electronic filing is available by writing to the ICC's Office of Compliance and Enforcement at 1201 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20423-0001, or call Patricia Burke, chief of the ICC's Insurance Branch, at (202) 927-5520.