7e72004
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Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 2:31 am

How big was Eastern's hub at IAH? I remember flying to IAH back in the early 80s and could remember a bunch of Eastern planes parked on the A satellelites. Just curious  Big thumbs up
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airways6max
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 2:34 am

Eastern started flying to Houston in about 1940 and for years, it was Eastern's westernmost destination in the U.S. But Houston was never a hub for Eastern; it may have been a 'focus city' for the airline.
 
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:23 am

Small hub maybe, but it was certainly a hub for the Moonlight Special circa 1982.
 
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:34 am

Houston-IAH was an Eastern hub in the early to mid 80s. This was when Continental was in bankruptcy. Eastern had nonstop service to most major markets in the country from IAH and even had its own commuter feeder service through Metro airlines. After Continental came back strong with cheap fares, Houston was de-hubbed until the Moonlight Special.
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7e72004
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:36 am

forgive me if i am just not seeing it but what is the "moonlight special?"  Smile
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:40 am

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VectorVictor
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:41 am

Cargo/pax late night A-300 flights to key markets like LAX, SFO and others

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picarus
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:08 am

Gr8SlvrFlt-

I hate to nitpick, but EA didn't declare bankruptcy until 1989. But you are right about EA and IAH. It did have a small "hub" in IAH during the early 80s with spoke flights to most large cities on the east and west coasts and Midwest.

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Tom in NO
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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:20 am

Here's another thread on the "Moonlight Special":

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1361006

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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 6:24 am

Picarus-

Hate to nitpick back atcha but look again: I was referring to Continental's first bankruptcy.

I personally worked nonstop flights between IAH and CRP, SAN, ELP, PHX, LAX, SFO, PDX, BOS, WAS, CLT, ATL, MOB, MSY, MCO and MIA. Most were not Moonlight Specials.

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RE: Eastern At IAH

Thu Apr 22, 2004 7:13 am

Gr8SlvrFlt-

Sorry...I mis-read your post. I too am ex-Eastern. Served my tour of duty at the gate in ATL. I left before the final showdown in March of '89.

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