TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 653 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
I am curious. I thought that Eastern operated a Chicago, IL to Birmingham, AL non-stop that continued to some other city. But the OAG I have from 12/1/85 shows a one-stop thorugh ATL. Did this route ever exist? If so,for how long? Aircraft? Schedule? Meals?
P.S. This is a corrected post after my mistaken reference to Africa. Sorry!
TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
I am almost positive that the route existed at some point. My Mom worked on the Eastern Reservation system and she remembers her instructor at the school using that route for a mock-reservation. But then who knows, it could have been a fictional route.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
Quoting B52murph (Reply 5): What were they using for equip on the ORD-SJU run?
Series 900 flights were the DC-8-60s, and these were 900 series flight numbers. Before the L1011, SJU was almost entirely DC-8s...Big Station for EA there....service to ATL, BWI, BOS, ORD, MIA, EWR, JFK, PHL, and PIT...about 24X Dailies.
The other place to which the DC-8-60 operated from ORD would have been MIA....another high-density route.
Eastern was a launch customer of the -61/-63 in 1967....Before they came on line, EA used a 727-100 on the route, and before that, a DC-7.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
Quoting TWA1985 (Reply 8): Did they still serve BHM from ORD in the mid-80's?
I'm pretty sure they did not. I flew up north from BHM regularly during the 80s and did a lot of it on EA; don't recall ever going through ORD. I typically flew United going to Chicago then as it was pre-WN in BHM days.
I am able to find such flights (by jet) as you describe in the '70's. Back in the '60's BHM was almost exclusivley L-188 territory as far as EA was concerned and those made multiple-stops BHM-ORD. If I jump to fall of '90 I'm not seeing non-stops either.
EA operated a fleet of 15 B-720's from August of '61 and sold off the last one in June of '70.
They may have operated them into SJU (as equipt.subs.) but I can't find any scheduled. It does seem to me they were configured for over-water in the beginning---hence the VHF antennae, rafts, etc.----but I can't remember for sure. (Perhaps a "Silver Falcon" out there will know!)
I looked at the OAG for October '63 and found SJU to be strictly (standard) DC-8 territory----the first B-727 was delivered in Nov. '63 (EA had a wonderful "open-house" here in ATL over at their hanger------that B-727 looked "baaaaad to the bone" parked in between a DC-7B and an L-188---I had a great time!). Although with a max.range of around 1,700
Jump to August of '66 and SJU is still a bastion of (standard) DC-8's.
(Oh, and with onward connections to CB's wonderful old Convairs to STT and STX.)
A few of them offered the fabulous "Famous Restaurant Service" such as one from ORD-SJU and one from SJU-JFK.
The first of the "Super 61's" not being delivered untill Feb. '67, and the first "Super 63" in Feb. '69.
In the fall of '57 First-Class was flown by DC-7B's with the "Connies" filling in for the all-coach flights.
AND-----just for the thrill of it,---- in June of '59 you could take EA's First-Class only,(pre-LEAP) L-188 Non-Stop IDL-SJU Flight#801 "The Puerto Rican" leaving New York at 10:35am and arriving at SJU 3:25pm. ($189.00 RT)
OR the equally leisurely, DC-7B Flight#835,
"The El Boricua Deluxe Coach" leaving IDL at Noon arriving SJU at 5:20pm. ($135.20 RT)
Both provided, what would be by todays standards, a VERY luxurious luncheon, I'm sure.
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