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Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:30 am

Hi everyone. Back in 1982 I flew from PNS to DFW via ATL. I flew Eastern to ATL and the aircraft was N8887Z, a B727-200. I remember this reg distinctly because the digits were the same as the last 4 digits of my phone number at the time.

On boarding one thing caught my eye. No F class. All Y. I don't think this aircraft was a Shuttle aircraft being used on a sub because I lived very close to the airport and would often go and watch planes land and take off. N8887Z was a regular visitor to PNS.

My question is how many of these single class aircraft did Eastern have in their fleet? Were these one class aircraft indeed Shuttle planes? If they were then that answers my question but if they weren't what was the purpose of having them?

If anyone knows the answer I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
 
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:57 am

Quoting mkh32404 (Thread starter):
I don't think this aircraft was a Shuttle aircraft

All EA's one-class 727s were shuttle aircraft.
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:36 am

Remember, Eastern had several aircraft as "reserves," simply standing by in order to add additional flights if needed. It may have been used when something happened to the sechduled aircraft downline or substituted due to mechanicals or something.
 
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:39 am

Although most of EA's Moonlight Special flights were on A-300's, a few destinations were 72S flights, IIRC. I do know F was not sold on these flights, however I do not know if they were one class configuration or if they just blocked F seats from sale. This was a short lived venture for EA, routed via IAH until near the end of the venture, then they routed via ORD. Always in the middle of the night, done as cargo & mail services with the bellies full they didn't allow checked bags nor inflight emtertainment, drinks were served. Although this didn't operate the route you mentioned, it could have been a sub, or at the end of moonlight before they refitted it for normal system operation.
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:48 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 3):
I do know F was not sold on these flights

Negative. I flew ATL-IAH on an EA Moonlight Special A300 in F, and there were most assuredly revenue passengers up there too.
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:03 am

Eastern had several (4 or 5 maybe) 727-200s that were all-coach (177 seats) but were not Shuttle aircraft. The Shuttles were mainly former-PSA aircraft. The all-coach 727s were ordered new and not intended for the Shuttle. The layout was quite different from the Shuttle aircraft. There was a large closet right in front of seats 1DEF and half-galleys forward and aft. There were no ovens so meals (including crew-meals) were cold-plates. I think they also had three lavs vs. two on the Shuttles. These all-coach 727s were used throughout the system.
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RE: Eastern One Class B727-200's

Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:25 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 4):
I flew ATL-IAH on an EA Moonlight Special A300 in F, and there were most assuredly revenue passengers up there too.

Not much pax revenue IIRC, didn't the fare first start at something like $25 per flight segment?

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 3):
a few destinations were 72S

Near the end, they had DC9's flying from CLT-IAH and another that I can't remember.
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