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TRUMP PLANNING TO SPRUCE UP HIS NEW SHUTTLE FLEET

Donald Trump says he'll spruce up Eastern's Northeast shuttle fleet with flashy stripes and his name on the tail now that a judge has approved the $365 million sale of the jewel in the strikebound airline's crown.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland on Thursday formally approved Trump's deal to buy the New York-Boston-Washington shuttle. Lifland approved the sale in principle Wednesday after America West Airlines withdrew a $415 million offer.Trump's purchase contract with Eastern parent Texas Air Corp. was to expire at midnight Friday. The deal should be closed in about two weeks, the real estate tycoon said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.