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Bruce
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Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 7:16 am

I have a question. I've noticed some pictures from Eastern, especially a 757. They seem to have a "boeing" paint scheme on the tail. The Tail says "757" in the Boeing lettering, looking as if it were a Boeing Company Aircraft.

Why didn't Eastern choose to paint those planes in their own color scheme? Did they do that only with 757s?
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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 7:29 am

Hi Bruce, Yes, Eastern originally had the 757's painted with the 757 titles on the tail. I am not sure why they did this although Eastern was the launch customer for the 757. I guess it was a publicity thing. On November 29, 1990 I had the pleasure to fly on an Eastern 757. It was N512EA and it had the 757 titles removed. It also had the wide hockey stick scheme rather than the narrow stripes under the windows. At least one other 757 had the titled removed because it was parked next to us in Miami.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 7:30 am

I forgot to mention that i once saw a large model of a 737-300 in Eastern colors. Texas Air ordered up a bunch of them for both Continental and Eastern. The model had 737 titles on the tail just like the 757.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 7:38 am

I wonder if its because Eastern folks saw the impending doom down the road.....i.e. bankruptcy, and decided to just leave the paint that way because they'd have to sell them anyway!!
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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 8:41 am

They wanted to passengers to know they were flying on the new 757 of which they were one of the launch costomers.
 
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Absolutely Right.

Wed Jan 12, 2000 8:51 am

You guys are correct. Eastern & Boeing agreed that as launch customers for this brand new aircraft back then, Eastern would promote the new line of planes. I don't know what Eastern got in return for this, maybe yet cheaper planes.
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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 10:59 am

In their timetables, Eastern used to put a diamond symbol next to flights flown by 757s. They made a big deal out of it. There was no notations for DC-9s or 727s, etc. They did used boldface type on flights that featured widebody planes.
 
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Easter Wided-Bodies

Wed Jan 12, 2000 12:03 pm

More than likely it was a publicity thing to paint ¨757¨on the tail of the plane. BUT, was has become of these aircraft? Have some trickled into the Continental fleet? And what of the L-1011s? Are some of them still flying? (Delta, perhaps)

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RE: Eastern Airlines

Wed Jan 12, 2000 1:01 pm

Many of the 757's are with USAirways. One went to NASA I believe. The L1011's got scattered with the wind. Some went to Cathay Pacific, some Delta, some Tradewinds and some just got scrapped. By now I believe most of them are at least being stored if not yet scrapped.