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What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:57 pm

If EA never folded or consolidated what would it look like today?
Hubs, fleet, routes, in-flight service, cabins etc............
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:01 pm

Hmm I wonder if EA would move into a hub at CVG or IND or PIT or someplace like that.

They'd definitely have the 777, which model, well, thats to your imagination.

If they were still around, they'd probably have updated interiors like the rest of the other airlines.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:32 pm

All the threads on A.Net would be titled "When will EA retire the DC-9?".
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:45 pm

LOL, about the DC9's. I would think EA would still have the MIA hub as well as ATL.
They would've still had the 757's flying as well as 777's and a maybe a mix of 767's
& maybe 330's. They would have a large fleet of 738's and 320 & 319's.

Routes that would be hard.
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:41 pm

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 2):
All the threads on A.Net would be titled "When will EA retire the DC-9?".


And the B727.

Quoting mia305 (Reply 3):
Routes that would be hard.


IMHO, South American and Caribbean would have a nice route structure.

Now in the for what it's worth department:

1. CO would most likely never have gotten those EA A300's after EA ceased operations nor a few other assets sold to Texas Air Corp.

2. EA may have continued to charge for drinks/snacks as they did on the "Moonlight Specials" in the 80's and been the initiator of "bag fees".

3. ALPA would have a larger membership.

  
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:05 am

Hard to say. One could argue that some aspects of Eastern have remained in present day United.

Perhaps CO would have been merged into EA or something along those lines. Recalling that a lot of CO's product line, such as SHARES and One Pass originated with Eastern (System One pawned off from EA, sold to CO, eventually became SHARES yada yada yada.) CO's 1990s survival was certainly at the expense of EA.

Can't argue history though. From day one of Texas Air ownership, Lorenzo wanted EA dead and CO to survive at rock bottom labor costs. Lorenzo hated EA's unions with a passion and it showed.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:18 am

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 5):
Lorenzo hated EA's unions with a passion and it showed.


Frankie hated anything that came close to spelling union.

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 5):
One could argue that some aspects of Eastern have remained in present day United


I really don't like agreeing with you, but I have to on this point!   
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:24 am

Would Eastern have kept the Atl hub it had? And, would they be as big as AA is in Mia?
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:25 am

Quoting mia305 (Reply 7):
And, would they be as big as AA is in Mia?


Had EA lasted I don't believe MIA for AA would have ever happened.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:29 am

I know EA had 2 hubs Mia and Atl. What other hubs did they have?
Those two are the only ones that come to mind. What other hubs might thy have considered.

As I mentioned above what would there fleet look like today?

I remember, flying back then was a glorious time, better service and got meal
service on almost all flights. If you flew first class men wore suit and ties & women dressed professional.
Nowadays you buy a first class ticket would could wear damn near anything you want short of your underwear
service is the pits & if your lucky you'll get a meal on one. Sad to see how its become.

Sorry its a bit off topic but had to be said.

[Edited 2013-03-06 19:06:13]
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:53 am

Quoting mia305 (Reply 9):
know EA had 2 hubs Atl, Mia. What other hubs did they have?


At one time they had a HUB in CLT, MCI for sure, check wikipedia and it lists them all.

Quoting mia305 (Reply 9):
As I mentioned above what would there fleet look like today?


B727, DC9, B757, and one would hope B767 just not sure what model.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:09 am

The 727's wouldve been phased out. DC9's would be on there way out.
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:52 am

These threads pop up often and are really impossible to answer. Are we to assume that all other airlines that existed then still exist? The answer to that would really affect the answer to this.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:48 am

They would have just announced a merger with AA last month, so that AA can pick up a strong LatAm network at MIA and compete against DL in the South East.
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:59 am

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 12):

Good point. Let's say as the airline industry is today and EA never merged.
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:32 pm

Quoting mia305 (Reply 14):
EA never merged

EA merged? Not sure I follow that line of thinking, what did I miss and when?
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:18 am

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 15):

If EA were still flying and never merged like the other legacies did
 
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RE: What If Eastern Airlines Were Still Flying

Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:55 pm

Quoting mia305 (Reply 16):
If EA were still flying and never merged like the other legacies did

Thanks for making it easier for me to read!  
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