BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
I have just finished reading the "Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am", so now looking for another book to read. It was an interesting read with the outcome being known from the start, so it was interesting to see how it fell or got taken apart over the last 15 years of its life.
Now I am looking for a book on Eastern Airlines.
The one I have come across so far is Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines, any opinions on this book or other books on Eastern Airlines. According to the Amazon reviews the book doesn't cover all the way to the shutdown.
The last few threads on Aviation related books and there wasn't much mentioned on Eastern Airlines, it seems at the when the company was shut down, all the history went with it as well.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2567 times:
Try reading Frank Borman's Autobiography "Countdown" (written with Robert Serling -one of the best airline historians ever). About half the book is devoted to his time at Eastern, leading up to the sale to Lorenzo.
Another good one about the early years is also by Robert Serling called "From the Captain to the Colonel".
Pbiflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
Eastern - A Great Airline and Its Aircraft is a great book covering the history of Eastern Airlines. Great pictures of many of Eastern's liveries over the years. You can't find this book at places like Barnes & Noble or Walden Books. A good source is airlinersonline.com. The book sells for $34.95 plus shipping.
Airways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months ago) and read 2452 times:
I've got a pictorial history of Eastern Airlines. It's titled "Eastern: An Airline & Its Aircraft" and it's by R.E.G. Davies.
The decline of Eastern really began in the early 1960s when it ordered turboprop aircraft instead of jets. It was also hampered by a route structure that consisted mostly of short-hop routes that generated little revenue. When American put the 707 into service in 1959, Eastern only had the Lockheed L-188 Electra to compete with. So Eastern was stuck with a fleet of obsolete aircraft. This cost the airline and as the 1960s and '70s wore on, Eastern continued to struggle and lose money. It was hurt by the '73 Arab oil embargo and Deregulation, as well as the lousy economy of the '70s and early '80s. Frank Lorenzo was certainly no savior for Eastern and he hastened its demise, but in fairness to him, he inherited a mess of an airline.