Us Air Begins To Change Course

USAir's Sept. 30 announcement that it would cut 2,500 people from its work force of 46,000 may be just the start of changes at the carrier. The airline is about to finish a sweeping internal study that could lead to more restructuring by yearend. Meanwhile, in negotiations between the U.S. and British governments over a new air treaty, London wants the U.S. to give British Airways the O.K. to expand its $400 million stake in USAir by an additional $450 million. BA may even seek control of the airline. In return, the Brits might accede to Washington's demand that U.S. carriers be permitted to fly anywhere in Britain. Talks start on Oct. 13.