Tan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
IIRC, the majority of the EA "Moonlight Specials" were routed thru IAH. There may have been a few point to point routes but true focus of the operation was IAH and the A-300 fleet. There were maybe 12- 15 cities involved as I recall. (some one that was with EA can fill us in more) But the idea was to move cargo ( and cheap PAX at night) and still have the aircraft at appropriate cities early the next morning for first flights out on a normal basis.
Example might be LAX departure around 9 pm or so, to IAH, then that aircraft might go on up to Logan arriving maybe 5:30 Am..early enough that the cargo could be unloaded and sorted to trucks for delivery..and the aircrafr cleaned, fueled and prepped for say a 8 am departure to ATL or MCO or wherever. The aircraft would go thru its' normal daily routings ending early enough in the evening to be loaded with cargo to do it all over again. I'm sure at the time EA probably had the highest utilization rates on those A 300's of about any aircraft in America.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25059 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2114 times:
Indeed the "Moonlight" special was operated by Eastern primarily to move cargo with some amazing cheap fares for the time sans baggage.
Flights operated using A300s from a IAH hub however I do believe for a short while another US city was also used. My memory is a little hazy however I believe the flights operated on behalf of either Emery or Purolator.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
WDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2091 times:
The Moonlight Special did operate out of IAH until
EA was acquired by Texas Air which conflicted with
CO that had a hub there...it was then moved to ORD
which caused more problems to the operation since
weather is a factor, gate availability, etc.
It was totally scrapped by 1987.
Lists the cities served as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York/Newark, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Columbus (OH), Kansas City, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Orlando and Miami.
It must have been late 1987 because I flew for $49.00 round trip between ORD-MSP on the Moonlight Special flights in two EA DC9-50s....N405EA up and N413EA back, in March 1987....Believe me when I say that the takeoff run on the DC9 going up to MSP was the Loooooooooongest take off run I have ever had....I was just hoping that one of those engines wouldnt puke on take off....
The original contract out of Houston was to carry freight for CF Air Freight.....I actually have an old Moonlight Special timetable brochure that has the fares and schedules in it...Even tho Airbuses are not my favourite planes I had always wantd to fly on one of the Original A300s of Eastern....
The concept of moving people in that fashion nowadays would be kinda neat, however with all the Freight Airlines out there what the point....
Prinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
I just remember all of the extra change (quarters) we had to carry to make change for passenger purchases! Also, lots of carry ons since bags were usually not checked. I still thought the flights were fun to work.