ogre727
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Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:03 pm

I haven't posted anything for years. Last time I posted a question and don't remember what the answers were, so here we go again:

When I was 5, I flew with my family MIA-SFO. My mother and father claim it was on a 747. I have been looking on the internet to confirm this, but I have not found a web site to do it.

Is there anyway to find this out? If it helps, it was August 1981.
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:22 pm

It would have been an L-1011 or A300, prior to their bankruptcy Eastern flew mostly A300s during the 1980s between MIA and SFO, the years after their bankruptcy (1989-1991) they flew a 757-200 on the MIA-SFO route.

Eastern did operate 747s leased from Pan Am for a brief period, however this was during the early 1970s and were used to meet their capacity demands while waiting for their L-1011s to be delievered. They did not operate with Eastern anytime during the 1980s.
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:33 pm

Yeah, I imagine it was probably a L-1011, but is there any way to look it up?
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:33 pm

I flew on a return leg SFO-MIA back around that same time, and it was an A300...
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Tue May 01, 2007 1:23 am

I'll check, but offhand I'm guessing EA never flew a TriStar nonstop SFO-MIA. Maybe SFO-LAX-MIA, tho.

An SFO-LAX-MIA PA 747 isn't out of the question.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Tue May 01, 2007 1:48 am

I can assure you it was non-stop flight, this because my parents chose it this way (we are 5 children), but don't know which airplane it was. I also know it was Eastern, because it was the only time we flew on them. Just out of curiosity, how are you going to check? (thanks by the way)
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Tue May 01, 2007 2:15 am

I'll see what EA timetables I have. And I have a few 1981 OAGs-- probably not August, tho.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Tue May 01, 2007 2:25 am

Here ya go...a few years earlier...but yes....December 1979 shows EA L1011 service nonstop from MIA-SFO and SFO-MIA:

http://www.departedflights.com/SFO79p3.html

http://www.departedflights.com/MIA79p4.html

And again in 1983:

http://www.departedflights.com/SFOp3.html

http://www.departedflights.com/MIAp4.html

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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Tue May 01, 2007 7:15 am

It was Eastern flight EA501, in 1981 flown with an Airbus A300 leaving MIA at about 5 pm and getting to SFO at about 8 pm. If any of you can recall how you were seated inside the airplane, the A300 seats 2-4-2 while a 747 would be 3-4-3. An Eastern L1011 would be either 2-5-2 or 3-3-3.
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Wed May 02, 2007 6:42 am

Yup, the 7/81 and 9/81 timetables show the EA SFO-MIA nonstop as an A300.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Wed May 02, 2007 12:12 pm

Quoting Incitatus (Reply 8):
3. An Eastern L1011 would be either 2-5-2 or 3-3-3.

No L-1011 was ever equipped with 3-3-3 seating.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Wed May 02, 2007 3:06 pm

Quoting 474218 (Reply 10):
Quoting Incitatus (Reply 8):
3. An Eastern L1011 would be either 2-5-2 or 3-3-3.

No L-1011 was ever equipped with 3-3-3 seating.

Only partially correct. No EA TriStar was ever equipped with 3-3-3 (AFAIK). BA had a 3-3-3 config on their TriStars around 1990. I have my 1990 BA system Timetable in front of me to confirm this....
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Wed May 02, 2007 5:48 pm

I remember that I was seating with my twin brother, my mother and a stranger. This means we were in the middle seats, but it does not clarify the question whether it was a 747 or an a300. It seems, though, that Eastern did not fly the 747 that year, so it must have been the a300. Thanks.
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Wed May 02, 2007 11:12 pm

Quoting B52murph (Reply 11):
Only partially correct. No EA TriStar was ever equipped with 3-3-3 (AFAIK). BA had a 3-3-3 config on their TriStars around 1990. I have my 1990 BA system Timetable in front of me to confirm this....

Some BA L1011 had a 3-4-3 configuration and I flew on one of them CDG-LHR.
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Thu May 03, 2007 6:52 am

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 12):
a 747

EA had no 747s in '81
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Thu May 03, 2007 7:05 am

Quoting Incitatus (Reply 13):
Some BA L1011 had a 3-4-3 configuration and I flew on one of them CDG-LHR.

Correct. I believe all BA L1011-1s used within Europe had charter-type 10-abreast seating in Y class. Their L1011-500s used rather briefly on longhaul routes were 9-abreast.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines MIA-SFO

Thu May 03, 2007 9:45 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
Quoting Incitatus (Reply 13):
Some BA L1011 had a 3-4-3 configuration and I flew on one of them CDG-LHR.

Correct. I believe all BA L1011-1s used within Europe had charter-type 10-abreast seating in Y class. Their L1011-500s used rather briefly on longhaul routes were 9-abreast.

Indeed. The 3-3-3 was in Club Europe (C-class) rows 1-24 while rows 25-41 were 3-4-3 Economy (listed as M class).