Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1918 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6930 times:
I don't know the answer either, but I can tell you that the last Eastern flight into DCA was a big deal. Almost every employee that worked the ramp or in ops at DCA, not matter what airline they worked for, came out and watched as the last Eastern flight did a low pass over the field.
Chgoflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 622 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5731 times:
I flew home from Lima Peru on L1011 the last day of service. It was a sad day. The crew gave a full tour of the aircraft. My first time down below in a 1011 galley and it was cool to ride the lift and see their operation.
Late night flight like 11PM or something along those lines, I remember it well. Having a huge hub in Atlanta CNN had in-depth coverage.
I always thought Eastern's final flight was a JFK-MIA run. Not sure if it was a 727, L1011 or probably a 757. Sad times indeed. Who'd ever think, that mighty Pan Am (the original) and Eastern would crash and burn in the same year! 1991.
Pilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 100 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5239 times:
I was on Eastern on January 4, 1991, just two weeks before the shutdown, SJU-ATL (L-1011) and ATL-LAX (A300). It was not a happy trip. Mechanics were on strike at SJU. The airplane was two hours late leaving SJU, and after one missed approach in the fog at ATL we were very late for our connection to LAX -- but to their credit they held the connection for our group. The mood among the cabin crews was somber, and a couple of them couldn't conceal their frustration and anger.
I know this photo is horrid, but it's all I have from that trip.
Viscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 223 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5148 times:
I thought the EA shut-down was very sudden? The last PA crew found out on their outbound sector, just hours before the final close. It seems most of the EA staff knew about it well in advance from the reports on here. When was the impending closure announced?