Jetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 813 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3850 times:
I was scanning through some timetables from the early '80s and I am surprised to see that Eastern Airlines used to run L-1011's up from ATL to BUF with continuing service to YYZ. They also used to have service from MIA to PHL with continuing service to SYR with an L-1011. They also announced service very late in their existence to DFW - 1990 to be exact.
What other cities did EA serve with widebodies that would be unimaginable these days in the regional jet era. I also remember 757s between PVD and ISP then down to ATL and FLL, although of course not widebody - still, 757s to ISP is a fairly rare occurence.
Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1587 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
In the mid to late 80s we heavily promoted that all nonstop flights from EWR, JFK and LGA to MIA, PBI, FLL and MCO were widebodies and to TPA were 757s. Generally, though, it seems that Delta usually operated one size up from Eastern on competing routes (DL 757s against EA 727s, DL 767s against EA 757s, etc.)
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
Did EA offer service to Europe? I seem to vaguely remember seeing a commercial about it. Of course, I grew up out west, and didn't see that many EA commercials, (in fact never saw an EA aircraft in person).
Swardu From United States of America, joined May 2004, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3216 times:
Eastern used to have L1011 service from ATLJAX. They also ran A300 and occasional L1011 service ATLDENSLC and vv as well as A300 svc ATLPHXTUS--if memory serves me right they had AM and PM service on the PHX runs(used to work those trips as I was an EAL emp in PHX).
Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
Eastern actually leased a 747 in 1979 when Pan Am bought National and it appeared that the British authorities were going to force the new PA to give up the MIA-LHR route flown by National. When the British Government decided that they would enforce Bermuda II strictly (National flew MIA-LHR before Bermuda II thus grandfathered in) and forced the recepient of the route to fly MIA-LGW. Eastern was not interested in LGW flights so Air Florida obtained the route and flew it until they went under. Then ironically enough EA obtained the route and flew it with an L-1011. The 747 leased in 1979 was returned soon after EA failed to get Heathrow service.
Pan Am/National always seemed to be at a competetive disadvantage vis a vis Eastern @ MIA. It was strongly hinted at the time (And I have heard it since) that Pan Am was adamant that the London route did not go to Eastern.
Cs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3159 times:
EA flew a L1011 from BDL to MIA in the late 1970s, as my family and I went to CZM, via MIA. I remember a 747 in BDL in the terminal at the time! Off topic, but TWA had a quick service from ALB to STL in a 707! It must have been early 1980s, but I do remember seeing it at KALB!
Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
"In the mid to late 80s we heavily promoted that all nonstop flights from EWR, JFK and LGA to MIA, PBI, FLL and MCO were widebodies and to TPA were 757s. Generally, though, it seems that Delta usually operated one size up from Eastern on competing routes (DL 757s against EA 727s, DL 767s against EA 757s, etc.)"
It's amazing how much has changed- in the 1980s if you flew from SoFla to NYC you generally either flew EA or DL. The two offered service from FLL and PBI to all three NYC airports (and EA from FLL to ISP as well) and there was very little competition on the route from other carriers, but intense competition between EA and DL, both offering widebodies and heavy frequency on the routes. TWA flew the routes as well but never fared that well. At one time they offered service from MIA to all three NYC airports but dropped EWR and eventually LGA. TWA did fly FLL-LGA and PBI-LGA for a long time. Pan Am flew FLL-JFK in the late 80s and early 90s, but I cannot remember what they did with National's routes from FLL and PBI to NYC in the early 80s.
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5131 posts, RR: 13 Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3077 times:
"Also used the A300 and for awhile the L1011 on the MIA-BWI-YOW route. Eastern flights 172/173."
Those were the days! Thanks to Eastern, sleepy BWI (back in the day) joined the big boys with L1011 and later A300 service to and from MIA. You flew down in the morning on EA 173. When it was time to come back home, you headed down old concourse C at MIA for flight 172 back home. These two flights originated and terminated at YOW. Now, the wide body service was mainly during the busy seasons; Xmas through Passover/Easter. Otherwise, it was you basic 727. Eastern's other Miami service from BWI utilized a 727 during the busy times and DC 9 when demand was lighter. These were the days when thankfully Eastern had a decent BWI presence. Far from hub or even showcase status. Eastern still served our airport well. In addition, Eastern had an L1011 flight nonstop to Bermuda! I believe this flight was 809 or something like that. This was during the mid and late 70's. I even remember seeing that graceful L1011 Eastern hockey stick and all make its descent into BWI and this was from the parking lot of Security Square Mall. Back in the day, Security Mall was nice and not yet crime ridden. And, back in June of 1980 while waiting to board my BWI bound flight 172 on an older white 727 background, I strolled over to the then modern B concourse at MIA and watched an EAL L1011 push back for its late Friday afternoon non stopper to SYR. I felt cheated; SYR gets the L1011 and we got the old 727. But, I still enjoyed the flight experience.