EAL won rights to fly ATL
in the early '70's and initiated service on the route with DC8-61 equipment. The trip was a non-rev's dream as the return trip from LAX
continued from ATL
and then the aircraft ferried on to MIA
, usually with the non-rev's intact. The loads on this trip were pretty light for a 190+ seat aircraft even including all of the non-revs.
So the DC8-61's were replaced with B727-25QC equipment. This B727 equipment was seasonally challenged west bound and made tech stops (at I believe PHX
) and/or slowed drastically to max range speeds (approx. M.72), both of which made for late arrivals. East bound trips typically were not a problem.
I don't remember when the next equipment change happened, but I have flown on L1011 and A300B4 equipment both directions ATL
in the middle and late '80's. A300B4's came into the EA
fleet in late 1977; my recollection is that the A300B4 was introduced on routes to both SFO
within its first year in the (EA) fleet.
In Sept. '87, I was able return LAX
on one of the EAL DC10-30 trips in F. That trip was my first encounter with so-called lay flat seats.
I probably missed the B757's use on the ATL
I don't remember the B727-225's being used on the ATL
trips; maybe the -225A were, but I doubt.