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New Eastern Air Lines Shopping For Jets  
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10418 times:

The new upstart is looking for 10 used aircraft to start initially as a charter operation.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...s-in-brand-revival.html?cmpid=yhoo


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User currently offlinePMUA787 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9959 times:

With the way things are going with a certain SE Asian airline some 737-800's may come available.

User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9490 times:

I hope they do not go for the 25 year old metal, if you want to start a cool airline do what Virgin America did and get new ones
with the mood lighting, so everyone is wowed from the moment they step in.


User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3031 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9257 times:

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):

And how are those cool jets working out for their business and growth plan? It's better to go with the equipment that actually fits your network and helps you grow, not with what's "cool."

In any event, good luck to them. They seem overly and unrealistically optimistic about the Eastern brand in the article.

[Edited 2014-03-25 22:00:15]

User currently offlineWingtips56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9139 times:

Have they said if they plan to bring back the hockey stick livery or go with something fresh?


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User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5162 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7414 times:

I'm pretty sure there are some "Whisperjets" available in the desert.

User currently offlinelat41 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 471 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7184 times:

Perhaps there are shopping at the same store as PeoplEXPRESS. We have to see anything substantive from that start-up. As for the name, I look back nostalgically at the old Eastern Airlines and wish it never went away however time marches on and younger travelers have no connection with that name or its history.

User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2322 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7038 times:

Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 4):
Have they said if they plan to bring back the hockey stick livery or go with something fresh?

Their web site is full of old Eastern imagery and the New Aircraft link has a drawing of an A319 in very familiar colors.



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User currently offlineshortstack81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2014, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6959 times:

We used to fly Eastern every summer when I was a little kid from Philadelphia to Miami. One of my memories (this would be 1986 or 1987 or so) is playing hide-and-seek with my sister in a widebody but there weren't very many other passengers. I'm guessing this would have been an L-1011.

We also got to see the cockpit. This might have been a different flight but the captain gave each of us wings. I think my mother still has the wings somewhere, I'll have to ask her. Kids don't get to do that now!


User currently offlineEyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5131 times:
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Quoting catiii (Reply 3):
In any event, good luck to them. They seem overly and unrealistically optimistic about the Eastern brand in the article.

They obviously don't remember - or are conveniently forgetting - the old WHEAL (We Hate Eastern Air Lines) club that was started by a couple of disgruntled PHL passengers in the 50's.

That being said, I grew up in the Boston area and flew Eastern dozens of times in my younger days and right up until the end in '91. Glad to hear they plan to keep the old Caribbean Blue/Ionosphere Blue hockey stick livery. Hope these guys can recreate some of that old magic.


User currently offlineinfiniti329 From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

They can probably snag some A320ceo fairly cheap with the Neos coming online. But G4 may going after those same jets

User currently offlineHighflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5113 times:

Quoting moose135 (Reply 7):
Their web site is full of old Eastern imagery

That was precisely my reaction. Like the re-incarnations of Pan Am, this upstart would have the flying public believe there is a direct linage all the way back to the days of Eddie Rickenbacker and Captain Dick Merrill. I wish them all the luck, but the only link between them is a logo and nostalgia.


User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

Wasn't there a model of the COMAC 919 painted in EA hockey stick colors?


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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

Yes there was indeed a C919 model painted in the EA colours. I seriously doubt though that the carrier would select this model. Appears from their website (easternairlines.aero) that they are trying to start with the Airbus 319. It appears that they are working with Airbus and Amadeus.


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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4035 times:

"Eastern Air Lines was one of the "Big Four" airlines (along with United, Delta and American that dominated the passenger airline business in the United States for nearly 50 years. It started flying officially as Eastern from 1930 (after its predecessor company was founded in 1927) and operated until 1991, when it ceased operations during the first Gulf War."

What about PanAm and TWA? Or do they omit those because they were more international?



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User currently offlineRbgso From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 591 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 5):
I'm pretty sure there are some "Whisperjets" available in the desert.

Or if they want to go really retro, perhaps they could buy the DC-9s DL recently retired. The old Eastern probably owned some of them.


User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3749 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 14):

"Eastern Air Lines was one of the "Big Four" airlines (along with United, Delta and American that dominated the passenger airline business in the United States for nearly 50 years. It started flying officially as Eastern from 1930 (after its predecessor company was founded in 1927) and operated until 1991, when it ceased operations during the first Gulf War."

What about PanAm and TWA? Or do they omit those because they were more international?

The Big Four was actually UA, AA, EA, and WA Transworld Airlines (USA)">TW. DL (and CO) didn't join the ranks until the late 1980s when it became the Big Six, with DL joining thanks to the WA merger and CO joining because of the Lorenzo-era mashup of mergers. Shortly before EA collapsed, US (fresh from the PI merger growth) took EA's place on the Big Six totem pole.

PA was never a Big Four carrier as it was prohibited from flying domestic pax until the NA merger - and even then, PA had a token domestic presence.



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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Quoting Rbgso (Reply 15):
The old Eastern probably owned some of them.

Indeed there was one retired in 2013 that bore the registration N401EA...



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User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1600 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
if you want to start a cool airline do what Virgin America did and get new ones

Or be economical like Delta and shop around for some good priced used aircraft. As NW proved with their DC-9s, you can always refresh the interior of an aircraft. it seems smart to keep capital cost low with an upstart, especially one that will start out with a charter operation.


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25300 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2445 times:

Quoting captainstefan (Reply 17):
Quoting Rbgso (Reply 15):
The old Eastern probably owned some of them.

Indeed there was one retired in 2013 that bore the registration N401EA...

But Eastern wasn't the original operator. That aircraft was originally delivered to Allegheny Airlines in 1975 as N920VJ. Sold to Eastern in 1978.


User currently offlineBoeing778X From United States of America, joined Nov 2013, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 12):
COMAC 919

At $20m a piece, not hugely expensive, mind you. Same tooling as the MD-80.


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Looking forward to seeing the EA colors flying outside my Miami apartment window later this year, regardless of whether it's Airbus or Boeing!  

User currently offlineBAeRJ100 From Australia, joined Nov 2011, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Quoting Boeing778X (Reply 20):
At $20m a piece, not hugely expensive, mind you. Same tooling as the MD-80.

I believe you might be thinking of the ARJ21 - the 919 looks more like a 737/A320  


User currently offlineUA444 From United States of America, joined Mar 2014, 647 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
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Quoting captainstefan (Reply 17):

A lot of the 30s (and 10s) that were retired were directly from Eastern.


User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6471 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

The article mentions that PA was once the largest airline in the US; I do not believe this to be true, however at one time, EA was the largest

25 Post contains images Boeing778X : You know what, I knew that! Ugh! Thanks for the reminder. Still, an American carrier ARJ21 order would be interesting
26 Post contains images L1011 : If they could buy a new engine for the DC-7B that is parked in Charlotte, maybe they could begin service with that one. Bob Bradley
27 Post contains images CF-CPI : It does have legroom, galleys equipped to serve hot meals to all passengers, and a lounge. These factors will help EA differentiate themselves from t
28 wjcandee : When a buddy of mine interviewed for a pilot job at Airtran, they asked him if he had any other questions. Yes, he apparently said. "Do you still giv
29 Viscount724 : Don't think that was ever the case. For many years UA was the largest airline in the "free world" (meaning, other than Aeroflot) in terms of passenge
30 flymia : Somebody in the industry down here told me they are getting 4 737Ngs. Wonder if it will happen. There has been some buzz about them lately. Will be i
31 captainstefan : Didn't mention anything about the *original* owner. Just highlighting that it carried an EA registration all the way to the desert.
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