TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

EVA AIRWAYS TO BEGIN

AMSTERDAM CARGO ROUTE

TAIPEI, Taiwan - EVA Airways will launch its first all-cargo operations between Taiwan and Europe on Oct. 23 when it begins MD-11 freighter service to Amsterdam. The carrier will operate three flights a week via Singapore and Dubai.

K.T. Chiu, a spokesman for EVA, said it is launching the service to meet the growing demand for cargo capacity between Asia and Europe. "The shipping trade is especially strong for machinery, fresh produce and consumer goods," he said.

Flights will depart Taipei on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Return flights will leave Amsterdam on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

EVA, part of the Evergreen Group, has taken delivery of three new MD-11 freighters this year. Each has a payload of 80 tons.

NEW ALL-CARGO LINE

LANDS IN FAIRBANKS

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - International airport officials said a new all-cargo carrier has begun four-day-a-week service between Fairbanks and Barrow.

Air Cargo Express is flying one refurbished DC-6, which had seen service by the Air Force.

Robert Everts, Air Cargo president, said his company would be acquiring more cargo planes, adding workers and developing a statewide routing system. The company already offers non-scheduled charter service throughout Alaska.

PILOT DISPUTE DISRUPTS

AMERICA WEST FLIGHTS

PHOENIX - A dispute between America West pilots and airline management has forced the cancellation of up to 20 flights a day, leaving passengers stranded at airport gates.

About 50 of the airline's more than 1,000 pilots are staging a sickout to protest what they say is too much work, said Stephen Johnson, America West's vice president for legal affairs.

"We suspect that there might be something organized going on. In fact, we're pretty certain," Mr. Johnson said.

One America West pilot, who asked not to be identified, said pilots are not calling in sick but are avoiding what they consider excessive work.

DELTA, AUSTRIAN AIR

TO BEGIN CODE SHARING

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines said it will begin code-sharing service linking New York and Washington with Kiev and Odessa, Ukraine, beginning Oct. 28., under an agreement with Austrian Airlines.

However, passengers who think they'll be flying on Delta aircraft could be in for a surprise. All flights will be conducted on Austrian aircraft.

The new service was made possible by a recent agreement liberalizing U.S.-Ukraine aviation relations.