1. No I never rode on them.
2. They flew from LGA
every hour on the hour. They may have flown nonstop from BOS
as well, although I cannot confirm this. I know that after TRUMP bought the Eastern Air Shuttle, Eastern continued to fly nonstop from DCA
on their own. I find it hard to believe the TRUMP agreement would allow this if TRUMP had taken over BOS
as well. Does anyone know for sure? Also, Trump operated weekend charters to the Bahamas and Atlantic City.
3. They did not succeed for many reasons, but the biggest reason is Donald Trump's financial situation at the time.
4. I cannot provide you with exact dates, but I THINK Eastern sold the "Air Shuttle" in late 1989. I know that at the time of Eastern's strike in March of 1989, the Air Shuttle was about the only thing Eastern operated for several months. Around late 1992, Trump sold his Shuttle operation to an ivestment fund and the name became "Shuttle, Inc." USAir operated the Shuttle as part of a marketing agreement with Shuttle, Inc. It was a contractual operation similar to the non-wholly owned US Airways Express operators. Initially, USAir Shuttle employees were not USAir employees. Rather, they were employed by Shuttle, Inc. USAir purchased Shuttle, Inc. in the late 1990's. For years, the Shuttle employees were fenced into the Shuttle operation and if a mainline employee wanted to fly on the Shuttle, he/she had to bid for it using their seniority. The same was true for Shuttle employees wanting to fly the mainline. In 2001, the two operations were merged and mainline employees may work on the Shuttle one day, and mainline the next. Interestingly, USAir merged the two seniority lists using date of hire at Eastern / Trump. Accordingly, former Eastern employees, who were lucky enough to get hired with Trump, suddenly found themselves at the top of the US Airways' seniority list. In fact, USAir's number one flight attendant recently retired after 50 years of flying. She was hired at Eastern in 1954, went on with Trump in 1989 and ended her career at US Airways in 2004. While many former Eastern / Trump employees have continued to fly the Shuttle, several now fly overseas out of PHL
5. I couldn't tell you if he will try it again. I honestly don't know.
6. No it was not just served with 727-200's. There were also 727-100's in Trump colors.