This is a similar city by city look of Eastern’s route structure from the July 2, 1986 timetable. Texas Air had just taken over the airline. Let me preface everything by saying I am strictly neutral in the labor/Frank Lorenzo dispute. I am a near lifelong South Floridian who suffered by Eastern’s demise and just wish everything had worked out differently. The shots I take at Lorenzo below are not an indictment of everything he did at Eastern but just commentary on how much of Eastern’s cream ended up with Continental.
Atlanta 317 Daily Departures
Nonstop service to Ontario and San Jose, CA
began in late 1984 and continued into the early Texas Air period
Miami 116 Daily Departures
This is perhaps the last timetable before MIA
service was transferred to Continental. Increased service to Central America highlighted this period from MIA
as well as non-stops to Buenos Aires.
LaGuardia 74 Daily Departures
Many of the cities served from LGA
had changed since 1984 but the daily flight level remained about constant
Kansas City 71 Daily Departures
3 connecting banks highlight a booming Midwestern Hub for EA
. This hub was always if I recollect a money loser for EA
Washington (National) 54 Daily Departures
An odd nonstop route to Knoxville highlights the service.
Boston 49 Daily Departures
Consistent flight levels from 1984
Charlotte 47 Daily Departures
By year’s end competition from Piedmont would end this hub’s run.
Orlando 47 Daily Departures
New non-stops to Norfolk and Cleveland highlight the increased service from 1984
Tampa 43 Daily Departures
Consistent flight schedule
Philadelphia 43 Daily Departures
Increased service from PHL
to various northeastern cities such as Boston and Hartford
Newark 37 Daily Departures
This flight level would tail off quickly as Eastern maintaining its bread and butter Florida- Newark routes was a threat to Continental. EA
maintained some level of service from EWR
till the end, but never this high level again. An interesting route from EWR
to Sarasota/Bradenton is included.
Fort Lauderdale 36 Daily Departures
Includes two daily non-stops to Islip that began in late 1984 and more service to Philadelphia- Eastern had a bad habit of starting and stopping FLL
non-stops every few months. At this point the flight was on and being flown twice a day.
30 Daily Departures
Service to Mexico City would be shifted to Continental shortly after this timetable.
) 23 Daily Departures
The Moonlight Special was still running, using IAH
as a hub. The operation would soon be dismantled and for a time all Eastern service was shifted to Hobby in order to avoid competition with CO
San Juan 21 Daily Departures
Includes the seasonal service to Orlando that ran every summer- Otherwise the flights are identical to 1984.