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ONE OF LAST SYMBOLS OF SOVIET UNION TO DISAPPEAR, WORLD AIRLINE NEWS LEARNS

 ONE OF LAST SYMBOLS OF SOVIET UNION TO DISAPPEAR,
 WORLD AIRLINE NEWS LEARNS
 ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the last public symbols of the former Soviet Union -- the "CCCP" and Soviet flags emblazoned upon each of the 2,000-plus commercial aircraft in the rapidly-disintegrating Aeroflot fleet -- will disappear this fall, to be replaced by the flag of the Russian republic, according to an exclusive dispatch in the Aug. 31 issue of the weekly trade publication World Airline News.
 The repainting job is the final step in the disintegration of Aeroflot, the former Soviet Union's flag carrier. While Aeroflot's international operations were assumed by Russian International Airlines, domestic Aeroflot flights are now being handled by some 20 regional directorates. The chain of command within those directorates, however, is still unsettled as more local airlines press for independence from Russian civil aviation officials.
 For example, Bashkiria Airlines, based in Ufa in the central Russian province of Bashkir, is battling civil aviation authorities for the right to establish its own flight schedules, including international flights. Whether airlines like Bashkiria will create their own logos, or continue to paint "Aeroflot" on their fuselages, however, depends on the outcome of negotiations with the Department of Civil Aviation.
 In other news, World Airline News reported that:
 -- Air Canada has entered the bidding fray for bankrupt Continental Airlines. If successful, the proposed investment would represent one further step in the globalization of the commercial airline industry.
 -- Delta, after its pilots union rejected its request to postpone a pay increase scheduled for September, will defer an additional $1 billion in aircraft orders. The company's senior officers also are taking a 5 percent pay cut, effective Sept. 1.
 -- A senior Department of Transportation official said newly- appointed Secretary Andrew Card has directed subordinates to determine ways to reduce the financial burden of new regulations on the U.S. Airline industry. In an exclusive World Airline News interview, Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Shane said he believes Card will move quickly to determine what can be done.
 World Airline News is published weekly by Maryland-based Phillips Business Information, Inc. One of the largest newsletter publishers in the country, Phillips Business Information publishes more than 50 business newsletters as well as other information services, primarily in the fields of data communications, telecommunications, banking, civil aviation and defense/aerospace. PBI is a subsidiary of Phillips Publishing International, Inc., which recently reported revenues of $96 million for fiscal 1992, up 53 percent from the previous year.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Brown of World Airline News, 703-522-8333/ CO: Phillips Business Information, Inc. ST: Virginia IN: PUB AIR SU:


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