IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
EA lives up to their motto "America's Favorite Way To Fly." They operate an older fleet consisting of DC-9, B727, B757, A300 and L1011 aircraft throughout the USA, Carribean and elsewhere from their hubs at ATL and MIA.
Recently I flew EA to LAX. The DTW-ATL flight was operated with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30. It's an older aircraft, but it was clean and comfortable.
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3274 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3273 times:
I flew them between my then-home airport MOB and ATL in the '70's, and then again from MOB thru ATL to TPA in the early '80's. On the latter trip, we barely made the connecting flight, and Economy was full, so the bumped us up to First Class from ATL to TPA. That was Great!
Logos From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 805 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3183 times:
I flew Eastern a fair amount in the 80s back and forth from Houston to Pittsburgh when I was in college. They were good, sometimes great in terms of service. I remember one flight from CLE to IAH where I got served Steak & Shrimp for dinner in coach.
It's unfortunate they suffered an inglorious end in the early 90s. Too many shifts in strategy and finally being pillaged by Lorenzo. I've always been a little surprised that the name was never resurrected. With Frontier, National, Braniff (x2), and Ozark all finding new homes, it seems strange that Eastern never did.
Freshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
Do you mean EA as in Eastern Airlines or do you mean EA as in European Air Express?? todays EA code is for European Air Express, the old EA was for Eastern. But to answer your question yes I did fly on Eastern, but I have not flown European Air Express
Tommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
"With Frontier, National, Braniff (x2), and Ozark all finding new homes, it seems strange that Eastern never did."
True and not true when you think about it. Good ol' frankie back in the day own a number of airlines including continental and Eastern. After Eastern shut down, there was continental, but under different ownership. So, what they absorbed from Eastern especially is the OnePass program! That is something that remains at CO from EA. Plus CO still has hubs at EWR, IAH, and CLE which were all airports served by Eastern (EWR and IAH being large bases.) I kinda think of it at today's Eastern, but AirTran as well.
Mark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2968 times:
Back in the day, EA was my family's choice airline since we use to fly frequently between MIA and JFK or LGA. I loved EA, especially their L1011's, what a classy aeroplane! Thanks to EA, I also got my chance to fly on an A300 early on shortly after they received them from Airbus. The 757's were pretty cool too, with the 757 logo on the tails, that was nice! What a sad day it was to see EA dissappear!
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 497 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
I have fond memories of Eastern Airlines - My very first flight at the age of 11 was on a 727-200 from RDU to Atlanta and a DC9 variation to El Paso - I was thrilled and haven't lost any of that. Even though I fly on a regard basis - I still get those tinges of excitement as the takeoff roll begins. Eastern Airline was the best.
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.
Nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
I had the chance to fly Eastern several times in the 1980's and early 1990s
From New York/JFK To Miami, St. Thomas, San Juan on Airbus 300 and L-1011. Also a few 727 flights.
Two I particularly remember:
I was working in Public Relations in Denver and was invited by Eastern to fly to Atlanta for the opening of the new Hartsfield International Airport
The other flight was on an A300 from New York To Miami when Eastern and National Airlines were battling it out over the NY - Florida market. Both airlines were showing movies with free popcorn (what a mess in the cabin). The flights between JFK and Miami were less than three hours so they started the movie as soon as we pulled away from the gate !! (they did do the safety briefing first, though) It was hard on those people sitting at the window who wanted to look out and watch the takeoff The F/As asked that everyone put their window shades down!!