Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Tuesday, May 11, 1999

Cruise lines' parent to build 2 more ships

American Classic Voyages Co. has hired a company to build two 226-passenger ships that will be used for coastal cruises off the mainland. The $60 million contract signed with Atlantic Marine Inc. comes in the wake of another agreement Chicago-based American Classic signed in March that calls for construction of cruise ships for its Hawaii business, American Hawaii Cruises. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Atlantic Marine will build two 300-foot, diesel-driven vessels, with an option for a third one. Both ships are scheduled to be completed in 2001 and will used for cruises along the East and West Coasts by American Classic unit Delta Queen Coastal Cruises.

Airplane makers talking to Hawaiian

NEW YORK -- Hawaiian Airlines Inc., which operates 27 jets made by Boeing Co., has been approached by airplane maker Airbus Industrie, as well as Boeing, about replacements. "Both have approached us with terrific deals for brand-new airplanes," Hawaiian's president Paul J. Casey told Bloomberg News. "Over the next couple months" management will determine if it's better to buy new jets or lease "less expensive" used ones, he said.

Two plumbing firms consolidate in isles

A Northwest distributor of plumbing products has added two Hawaii companies to its operations.

Hawaii Pipe & Supply and Plumbing Specialties & Supply are consolidating and will operate as branches of Familian Northwest, the distributor said. No branches will be closed as part of the consolidation, Portland, Ore.-based Familian Northwest said.

In other news . . .

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. said it will start selling its iMac personal computers at Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores by Memorial Day weekend.

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