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Eastern Airlines: 17 Years Ago Today  
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10598 times:

17 years ago today, top official at Eastern Airlines pulled the plug and grounded all flights the following day.


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USA TODAY, Front Page
Sat./Sun., January 19-20 1991

Eastern Airlines Calls It Quits

By Doug Carroll
USA TODAY

Eastern Airlines, strapped for cash and passengers, has shut down. All flights were canceled as of midnight EST Friday, company officials said.

American Airlines says it will honor all Eastern tickets. American already has filed with the Transportation Department to operate Eastern's Miami-Toronto and New York-Montreal routes.

Eastern, in bankruptcy reorganization since March 1989, is the biggest airline to go bust in U.S. aviation history. It now is likely to be sold in pieces in order to pay creditors.

Rumors flew this week that Eastern was close to death, but trustee Martin Shugrue said he was negotiating with investors.

The rumors intensified Friday when newsletter Aviation Daily issued a news release stating that Eastern would cease operations within hours.


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10597 times:

Yeah, it was really sad. Everybody saw it coming and no one wanted to believe it.

BTW anyone seen Gary Garrettson, ex EA Res, F/A?



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User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10476 times:
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Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 1):
Yeah, it was really sad.

Agreed. I liked seeing EA's "Whisperliners" at various airports (for me - LAX, JFK, and PHL) during the 1980's when I did the majority of my travelling. I understand the seating in EA's jets were very colorful.

This isn't meant to hijack the topic but I'd like to ask something of fellow a.netters.

Which appearance did you prefer?

The white livery:


Or the bare metal scheme:


I preferred the white livery. The bare metal scheme was too AA-like.

Here are a couple of links about EA:

http://www.spiderwww.com/eastern.htm

http://www.eara.org/

Good Day  Smile

Russell



Things aren't always as they seem
User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10440 times:

I wonder what ops, if any, Eastern had out of PIT. I imagine they flew to MIA and ATL, and I am also interested in the equipment used as well. It's sad to see any airline go bust. That article said that at the time it was the biggest airline to shut down. Did PanAm beat that however many months later?


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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10330 times:

I definitely preferred the white undercoat on the livery. Now I am not against baremetal liveries, but if they wanted to use baremetal I think they should have come up with a different design, something more retro looking. I always thought that the white looked more classy.

User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10315 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 3):
I wonder what ops, if any, Eastern had out of PIT. I imagine they flew to MIA and ATL, and I am also interested in the equipment used as well.

You PIT people....geesh...always wanting to know about your airport. Youinz are just pains in the butt. Haha....

Here is a random sampling over the years....

December 13, 1972:

To Akron/Canton: 9:10pm
To Atlanta: 9:00am, 11:35am, 4:35pm, 10:20pm
To Buffalo: 11:45am, 5:15pm, 8:30pm (Sat/Sun Only), 10:05pm
To Charlotte: 3:15am (Sun Only), 3:40am (ExSun), 8:40am, 1:35pm, 7:05pm
To Cleveland: 1:20am, 10:00am, 9:30pm, 10:05pm (ExSatSun)
To Detroit: 2:40pm, 7:25pm, 9:50pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 12:15pm, 6:15pm
To Greensboro: 5:40pm
To Miami: 9:20am, 11:40pm
To Roanoke: 8:00am
To San Juan: 12:35pm, 4:35pm (Sat Only)
To Tampa: 12:00pm

September 5, 1979:

To Atlanta: 7:30am, 10:45am (A300), 1:00pm, 5:40pm (A300), 8:30pm, 9:37pm
To Charlotte: 8:00am, 12:48pm, 3:23pm, 8:20pm
To Cleveland: 3:20am
To Detroit: 2:36pm, 10:10pm, 10:34pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 9:10am, 2:15pm
To Greensboro: 5:26pm
To Miami: 9:00am
To Orlando: 8:24am, 11:20pm
To Tampa: 12:10pm, 4:15pm
To Toronto: 11:17am, 10:00pm

May 1, 1981

To Atlanta: 7:35am (L1011), 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:59pm, 7:35pm, 9:36pm
To Buffalo: 10:00pm
To Charlotte: 8:08am, 12:38pm, 8:30pm
To Detroit: 3:10pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 2:17pm
To Miami: 9:56am
To Orlando: 9:45am
To Rochester: 9:18pm
To Syracuse: 11:45am
To Tampa: 2:55pm
To Toronto: 8:50am, 11:15am

May 1, 1982:

To Atlanta: 8:20am, 11:30am, 2:34pm, 5:59pm, 9:15pm
To Charlotte: 7:59am (ExSat), 12:20pm, 4:25pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 7:52pm
To Miami: 11:23am
To Orlando: 9:45am
To Rochester: 9:58pm
To Syracuse: 8:50pm
To Tampa: 6:59pm
To Toronto: 12:50pm

July 2, 1983:

To Atlanta: 8:30am., 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:55pm, 8:20pm
To Charlotte: 8:00am, 4:25pm, 6:55pm
To Columbus: 9:51pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 7:25pm
To Miami: 9:00am, 12:45pm
To Orlando: 10:25am
To Tampa: 10:02am
To Toronto: 12:14pm

August 31, 1984:

To Atlanta: 8:00am, 11:34am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm., 8:35pm
To Columbus: 9:21pm
To Detroit: 5:30pm (SatSun Only)
To Fort Lauderdale: 7:45pm
To Miami: 8:32am
To Orlando: 9:21am
To Tampa: 8:55am
To Toronto: 12:39pm, 2:09pm, 7:30pm

July 2, 1986:

To Atlanta: 8:40am, 11:50am, 3:05pm (757), 4:50pm, 6:35pm, 8:40pm
To Columbus: 10:10pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 7:25pm
To Miami: 8:34am, 12:07pm
To Orlando: 8:00am
To Toronto: 2:30pm, 7:42pm

August 31, 1987:

To Atlanta: 8:34am, 11:53am, 3:10pm, 4:55pm, 6:30pm, 9:03pm
To Columbus: 10:55pm
To Fort Lauderdale: 3:20pm
To Miami: 8:34am, 11:41am
To Orlando: 8:00am
To Toronto: 2:35pm, 7:49pm

March 2, 1989 (Just prior to strike which began on March 4):

To Atlanta: 7:00am, 8:15am, 11:57am, 3:19pm, 5:10pm, 6:40pm
To Columbus: 11:05pm
To Miami: 8:59am
To Toronto: 2:38pm, 7:55pm

December 2, 1989:

To Atlanta: 6:45am, 8:27am, 11:50am, 3:18pm, 7:00pm
To Toronto: 2:38pm, 8:05pm, 10:20pm

August 1, 1990:

To Atlanta: 7:03am, 8:34am, 11:59am, 5:00pm, 6:49pm
To Toronto: 2:45pm

January 1, 1991:

To Atlanta: 6:45am (ExSun), 8:25am, 11:44am, 5:00pm, 6:49pm
To Toronto: 8:15pm

Hope this gives you some insight into EA's PIT ops. Enjoy!

Greg
www.departedflights.com


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10282 times:

IIRC, EA also had a big operation in BOS.

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
Which appearance did you prefer?



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
The white livery:



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
Or the bare metal scheme:

I always liked the bare metal appearance. IIRC, the white paint was on the A-300s (new delivered with white paint), and any jet they got from another airline. They had one or two L-188s, L-1011s, and DC-8s in white, also. But the bare metal L-1011s, B-727s, B-757s, DC-8s, DC-9s, and L-188s looked so much better. I also liked the "757" painted on the tails of the B-757s.

IIRC, NASA now flies EA's first and second B-757s.


User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10251 times:

We had a fine Eastern experience in 1986 on a connecting flight from JFK to MCO having flown into JFK on TWA from HRW.

We were boarded on an Eastern L1011 and i guess there were no more than 30 pax. The flight was in the late evening and it was announced that we would be given the 'Famous Eastern Midnight Supper'. This excited us wondering what it could be. To my recollection it was nothing more than a couple of biscuits, an apple and a sandwich. All very nice but we wondered why the 'Famous' bit. Anyway, i am pleased to have had both the experience of Eastern and the L1011.



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10209 times:



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
Which appearance did you prefer?

The bare-metal scheme. Just something about it that has always appeal to me.
Eastern's polar opposite rival airline, Western Airlines, also had the bare-metal
scheme as well. The hockey stick & the swizzle stick schemes...good memories.

In case anyone is interested, EA was operating this fleet 17 years ago, when the
plug was pulled. Regards.

A300B4 = 13
727-225 = 54
757-225 = 22
DC-9-31 = 35
DC-9-32 = 7
DC-9-51 = 26
L-1011 = 11



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User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10128 times:



Quoting NEMA (Reply 7):
having flown into JFK on TWA from HRW.

Sorry, (HRW?).....that should read LHR London Heathrow



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User currently offlineCAMPBELL From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10052 times:

Eastern's Pittsburgh Service from the day I was born, 20 October 65

#303 B720 9:03am Miami
#695 L188 10:30am Charlotte
#305 B720 11:05am Tampa
#315 B727 5:50pm Charlotte
#737 CV440 6:25pm Roanoke
#473 B720 11:59pm Jacksonville

July 1, 1956

#747 CNST 11:10am Charlotte
#707 CNST 4:30pm Tampa
#749 CNST 3:00am Miami
#770 M404 10:15am Akron
#746 CNST 10:30am Cleveland
#779 M404 6:25pm Roanoke


User currently offlineL1011Lover From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 989 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10014 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 3):
That article said that at the time it was the biggest airline to shut down. Did PanAm beat that however many months later?

No, Eastern was way larger than Pan Am, more destinations, larger fleet, more passengers enplaned... Keep in mind that EA for a while belonged to the top 3 US airlines and was among the largest in the world.

When people think of PA they often believe that it was a huge carrier... wheras it definitely wasn't a small airline and had a worldwide presence it was never even close to AA, UA and EA in size... lacking a US domestic network until the late 1970's and even after taking over NA in 1980 was never a big player domestically...

Best regards

L1011Lover


User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9989 times:

I only ever flew once with Eastern in Aug 88 and then only MIA-MCO (connecting off CO ex LGW) & return 2 wks later. I thought at the time they were really very good, the A300 MIA-MCO had a really cool decor which made it feel quite spacious. The return trip MCO-MIA was my one and only flight on a 727.

Personally I liked the bare metal look, but probably because it was not a common feature on European Carriers' colour schemes, so had a kind of novelty factor for me.


User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9968 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):
But the bare metal L-1011s, B-727s, B-757s, DC-8s, DC-9s, and L-188s looked so much better. I also liked the "757" painted on the tails of

Can't say I ever remember seeing an (EA) L-188 or DC-8 in a "bare-metal" scheme, although I'll bet they looked pretty kool in such a livery. Wow, come to think of it they would look pretty hot.

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
Which appearance did you prefer

Oh, the white background for sure. Especially the L-10's. I thought they looked kind of funky in the "bare-metal" scheme.
One of my favorites were the freshly delivered 722's back in 1976 with the Bi-Centenial Medallion. A sharp looking aircraft.

Having said that, IMO, some of the best of EA's paint scheme's were the wonderful late 1950's paint schemes on the newly delivered DC-7's, Super-Connies, and L-188's.
Colorful, classic, and the epitome of late 1950's style.

The early DC-8 and 727 schemes were pretty kool too.
I can remember the "open-house" EA had in ATL back in '63, to introduce the 727, and that sparkling new 727 was gorgeous!



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User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1608 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9892 times:

January 1, 1991:

To Atlanta: 6:45am (ExSun), 8:25am, 11:44am, 5:00pm, 6:49pm
To Toronto: 8:15pm


The 8:15pm flight from Pittsburgh to Toronto was the last flight I ever worked at Eastern. I was on a Toronto layover when the end came. They bought us tickets back to Atlanta on USAir.

Supposedly we were just weeks away from turning a profit when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Oil went up and travel went down. Eastern was just too weakened at that point to survive the downturn.

The last year was definitely the best of my nine years there. New uniforms, new interiors (First Class, anyway), fresh paint, #1 on-time, incredible food, no Lorenzo. We delivered a great product at a great price. Eastern's demise was the country's loss.


User currently offline6YJCX From Jamaica, joined Dec 2007, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9854 times:

Yeah, and with this I lost the net 350,000 frequent traveler miles accumulated over the years. Eastern was in about the same mess that a lot of airlines now are at the time and their baggage handling was so erratic that a standing joke by a comedian at the Casino on Paradise Island in Nassau went as follows: "I met Frank Boorman on my stop over in Miami on the way here and he came across smiling, stuck out his hand and said "Hi, I'm Frank Boorman, President of Eastern Airlines and I have been to the moon!". Geez Frank, did you see my baggage when you were there". This always elicited a knowing laugh from the crowd, most of whom came over on Eastern.

User currently offlineFalcon flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9783 times:



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 8):
n case anyone is interested, EA was operating this fleet 17 years ago, when the
plug was pulled. Regards.

A300B4 = 13
727-225 = 54
757-225 = 22
DC-9-31 = 35
DC-9-32 = 7
DC-9-51 = 26
L-1011 = 11

What about the DC10-30s ? Didn't they still have them at the time of shutdown or did they get rid of them prior ?



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User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1608 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9757 times:

What about the DC10-30s ? Didn't they still have them at the time of shutdown or did they get rid of them prior ?

Two were "transferred" to Continental along with the MIA-LGW route. One stayed around for a while flying to South America but when those routes went to American, it was sent off to Continental as well.


User currently offlineSafetyDemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9705 times:

My father has worked for Delta Air Lines for 30 years now. I remember flying into ATL when Eastern shut-down. I was 6 years old and I can still clearly remember seeing the airplanes parked at C-Concourse and at the hangar, all buttoned up.

Strangely enough - the same scene played out 5 or 6 years later when Valujet shutdown. Those DC-9s were parked all over the ramp with the engines closed-up.

safetyDemo



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9565 times:



Quoting 6YJCX (Reply 15):
Yeah, and with this I lost the net 350,000 frequent traveler miles accumulated over the years.

If I remember, the FF plan was called ONE PASS and you could also use/accumulate miles on CO. How did you "lose" the miles?
safe



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9463 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):
IIRC, the white paint was on the A-300s (new delivered with white paint), and any jet they got from another airline. They had one or two L-188s, L-1011s, and DC-8s in white, also.

All 37 of Eastern's L-1011's were delivered from the factory had the upper portion of the fuselage painted white. In fact every L-1011 Lockheed delivered to any airline had the upper portion of the fuselage painted, as it was a design requirement.


User currently offline6YJCX From Jamaica, joined Dec 2007, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9419 times:

If I remember, the FF plan was called ONE PASS and you could also use/accumulate miles on CO. How did you "lose" the miles?

Safe - Lost because the miles expired before I could use them - most of my travel since has been Caribbean, Asia, some Europe and USA and AA (bought EA routes I recall) and NW are a better fit from where I live in NC.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9036 times:



Quoting Gr8SlvrFlt (Reply 14):
The last year was definitely the best of my nine years there. New uniforms, new interiors (First Class, anyway), fresh paint, #1 on-time, incredible food, no Lorenzo. We delivered a great product at a great price. Eastern's demise was the country's loss.

Very true statement, not to mention TV & newspaper advertisements. Really good and impressive turnaround effort.



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User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1153 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8664 times:



Quoting Gr8SlvrFlt (Reply 14):
Eastern's demise was the country's loss.

Amen to that. My family used to travel from EWR to our vacation house in Boca Raton a few times a year, and usually flew Eastern down to Ft. Lauderdale or West Palm Beach. The crews were always fantastic, and I am very sad that Eastern is no longer with us. I have a little diecast metal Eastern 757 sitting on my desk at work as a little homage to my favorite airline.

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 2):
Which appearance did you prefer?

I prefer the bare metal scheme. It always looks clean, and it's attractive with the two shades of blue. Eastern's livery is my all time favorite livery, hands down. Even now, it looks modern to me.

I really wanted to fly on an Eastern L-1011, but I don't think I ever did.  Sad


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5132 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8646 times:



Quoting 474218 (Reply 20):
In fact every L-1011 Lockheed delivered to any airline had the upper portion of the fuselage painted, as it was a design requirement.

I am curious, what made it a design requirement that the upper fuselage be painted, as after delivery there were some bare metal schemes around?

I liked Eastern's last bare metal paint scheme with the thinner double blue stripe below the windows instead of through them.


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25 Post contains links and images N62NA : I always liked the white instead of the bare metal. If Eastern had ever got the 767, I suppose it would have looked something like this: View Large Vi
26 Markdirk : Anyone hear any new news about the purchase of Eastern's logo and trademarks? Any future plans to start a new Eastern Airlines? Who has the rights to
27 AirEMS : Even if one didn't like Eastern even if you hated the way things were run.... This is still a sad day... Here is to thoes who lost their jobs.... One
28 Gr8SlvrFlt : Delta picked up some L-1011s and 727-200s. Northwest and TWA grabbed a large number of DC-9-31s and DC-9-51s. USAir had already taken a few 757s. I th
29 474218 : I don't know why and I would not venture a guess. However the "L-1011 Model Specification" paragraph 4.2.1. External Finish and Markings reads: The e
30 EALSYS1 : One of my closest friends worked for Eastern after they shut down. He was an attorney in their General Counsel's office while they were selling off a
31 HOOB747 : Make mine bare metal please.
32 Falcon flyer : Agreed. Being Miami born and bred, the loss of Eastern and Pan Am was stunning and their deterioration was beyond sad, regardless of mismanagement or
33 AirEMS : Oh and I vote for bare metal even though it looked kinda like AA it still looked classy IMOH -Carl
34 FI642 : Bare metal for me. When the 757's were first delivered I'd actually go to the EA gates just to look at them. Still love the 757! Just a side note: I N
35 Post contains images EALSYS1 : I rarely flew Eastern in Coach. I remember being a spoiled punk at about age 15 complaining to my dad that I refused to be the only one in the family
36 EASTERN747 : It is indeed a very sorry anniversary date. We had our faults but are successes were far greater. I started with Eastern the day I graduated from coll
37 DeltaGuy : I remember hearing that all of those Eastern jets were fueled and catered, ready to go for the next day's ops. The catering sat in the jets for months
38 Rockinflyer : I really loved to fly EA back in the day, although west coast was a bit limited. I got to fly F class on the A300 a couple of times to ATL and the L10
39 Rockinflyer : Oooops! My mistake, EA 720's were shot at JFK and CMH.
40 ABQopsHP : Those were the days. I little known secret, is that I loved EA in my early years here in CRP. The 727-200 was the standard down here in CRP with EA, s
41 September11 : Few years after liquidating Eastern, Marty Shugrue went on and revived Pan Am. He started his career at Pan Am as 707 pilot. Pan Am had to fold. Withi
42 SpencerII : For a while, EA operated service between RNO & LAS & I think they had the state of Nevada Contract to carry state Employees between the 2 cities. Anyo
43 Caljn : My memory of Eastern Airlines is quite special. I took my first flight on a bran' spankin' new 757 from EWR to LAX in the summer of '85. I remember th
44 Glom : What's all this then? I saw them at ABZ a few weeks ago.
45 MKE22 : I don't know if anybody already said this, but have you guys heard anything about the new Eastern Airlines? Supposed to be flown with A 319s I think.
46 ABQopsHP : Ref reply 42. The "NiteFlights". Dear God do I remember those!!!!. I slept under an escalator at IAH thanks to the A300 to SLC being full. However I w
47 Post contains images MKE22 : Well we have living proof then.
48 Dispatchguy : First flight: EAL0693/25MAR78, INDATL, N8908E, EAL Ship 908, DC9-10 I so badly wanted to work for EAL, but when they went away, I was in the Air Force
49 N702ML : Ummm....not sure what you mean? Do you really not know the difference between Eastern Air Lines and Eastern Airways? Or was this your attempt to be f
50 September11 : I have Eastern's January 1991 timetable in front of me -- here are mainline flight schedules out of Atlanta that month Akron/Canton, Ohio - 3X Albany,
51 Jetdeltamsy : The union leadership told us such things as "Eastern is a 'National Treasure' and that Congress would never let the company shutdown. There was also
52 Post contains links Wingspan : Eastern was many things to many people. To many, including myself, it was positive, and a wonderful memory that I had from childhood until their demis
53 Rockinflyer : Yes, I remember the billboards around L.A. I thought "oh oh" at the time along with the failed transcon service to JFK. This also makes me long for t
54 Rwy04LGA : I flew on a 727-100QC from PIT to TPA in mid November 1967. I sat next to engine #1 and woke up with an ear-ache and remember joking that it was call
55 PA101 : I personally just LOVE the EA bare metal scheme. Especially on clean aircrafts it just lookes awesome to me. The metal combined with the dark and the
56 F9Animal : I do remember several DC-9's and 757's parked in LAS storage for a long time. In fact, I remember them sitting idle for over a few years. I also reme
57 Post contains images PRAirbus : EAL bare metal livery looked very nice when it was polished however I remember EAL jets in the 80's, 90's quite messy looking, opaque and sporting sev
58 N318EA : If only the 200 scab pilots had the guts to stay out, maybe a positive scenario would have occurred. Lorenzo & Co had stripped and gutted Eastern of a
59 8B775ZQ : Can someone plz tell me what were EA's primary hubs? I flew with them twice SJU-JFK and JFK-SJU along with several trips on Eastern Metro Express betw
60 DeltaL1011man : MIA,ATL,MCI and SJU the MIA and SJU hubs went to AA and DL filled in ATL when EA left
61 MOBflyer : If anyone's interested, here's EA's scheduled nonstop segments as of December 1990. (The last full month before closure) ORIGIN DEST Departures ABE AT
62 MOBflyer : Regarding the above schedule, these are the average number of flights per day. If the total flights for December divided by 31 is closer to 0 than to
63 Prinair : I wore my EA wings on my current uniform in remembrance....
64 Eastern023 : I have told this story many times so I am sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I have fond memories of Eastern. I got to fly on their 727, L1011
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