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54th Anniversary of DC-9 commemorated with Eastern Air Lines PlaneTag

Fifty four years ago, on February 25, 1965, the first Douglas DC-9 took to the skies from Long Beach, California, and became one of the most popular passenger jets ever built. It was a completely new design, economical and perfect for short range flights to airports with small runways.

Eastern Air Lines began decades earlier as a small Philadelphia based airline. Led by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, it quickly gained a near monopoly of the New York-to-Floridaroute, and dominated the East Coast market for decades. It expanded routes to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Latin America, and at one time, to Great Britain.  In 1971, with the purchase of Caribair, it acquired several DC-9-31s, including Tail N8990E. The DC-9 enabled the airline to continue its expansion and market domination for years.  During its last full year of business in 1990, it flew 16.50 million passengers through its Atlanta hub (74.7% of their total passenger base), with its DC 9 fleet carrying more than half of the total number of flights with around 390 per day. It continued to fly DC-9s until January 1991 when the airline closed its doors for good.

Tail N8990E was then decommissioned, and later broken up in 1994. It was rescued by MotoArt, and upcycled into pocket-sized, collectible PlaneTags™. “It’s like owning a piece of aviation history,” says owner Dave Hall. “The flight may be over. The airline may be gone…but you still have something you can hold and keep and pass down to the next generation.” Like other PlaneTags™, each features the original paint, with dents and other imperfections that make them unique. They are numbered in a limited edition series and have become mementos cherished by aviation enthusiasts.

Dynamic International Airways becomes the third version of Eastern Airlines

Third version of Eastern, ex Dynamic International Airways

As previously reported, Dynamic International Airways (Greensboro, NC) exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 8, 2018 after its reorganization plan was approved by the bankruptcy court. The carrier was requesting to do business as (dba) Eastern Air Lines (3rd). The Eastern name was retired by Swift Air with the folding of the second version of Eastern. The Eastern 737s were absorbed by Swift Air.

Eastern 2 operated its last revenue flight on September 14, 2017 with flight EA 3148 between Havana and Miami operated with N276EA. The Eastern 2 AOC was retired.

The third version of Eastern is operating its Boeing 767s under the Eastern name. The company wants to grow the 767 fleet to around 10 aircraft.

The FAA has approved the name change to Eastern Airlines.

This Eastern-titled Boeing 767 has been painted but the company has adopted the colors of parent Swift Air rather than the familiar color scheme of the previous Eastern 1 and Eastern 2.

Copyright Photo: Eastern Airlines (3rd) Boeing 767-336 ER N703KW (msn 24343) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941554.

The Eastern name is back in Miami after nearly 24 years

Eastern 737-800 N276EA (14)(Grd) arrives in MIA (MDAD)(LR)

Eastern Air Lines‘ (2nd) (Miami) Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 3507) minutes ago brought the Eastern name back to Miami International Airport after nearly 24 years. The original Eastern Airlines (1st) (Miami) ceased operations on January 18, 1991.

Top Photo: Miami International Airport. N276EA was greeted at MIA after its long delivery flight from Shannon via Portsmouth with the traditional water cannon welcome.

Eastern 737-800 WL N276EA (14) Spirit (MIA)(LR)

Above Photo: Miami International Airport. The “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” adorns the nose of N276EA. The World War I fighter ace and national hero also lead the original Eastern. He was nearly killed in the crash of Eastern flight 21 at Candler Field (now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) on February 26, 1941.

Eastern CEO Ed Wegel + MIA Director Emilio T. Gonzalev (MDAD)(LR)

Above Photo: Miami International Airport. At the welcoming ceremonies MIA Director Emilio T. Gonzalez presents Eastern CEO Ed Wegel a vintage photo of the 36th Street Terminal at Miami International circa 1949.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Before landing, the flight crew in coordination with the Miami ATCT performed a low-altitude fly-by of runway 08L-26R at Miami International Airport. MIA lost two hub airlines in 1991, the first Eastern in January and Pan Am in December. Both names live on in South Florida with the many former employees living in Florida. There is no name recognition problem for the new Eastern in South Florida.

The first new Eastern Boeing 737-800 is rolled out of the paint shop at Shannon

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) this week will take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800. Today (November 4) the former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL 5Y-KYB (msn 35070) was rolled out of the Eirtech hangar at Shannon in full Eastern livery. The 737 is named the “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” and will become N276EA on delivery. N276EA is due to arrive in Miami later this week.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com.

 

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Video: TV commercials from the original Eastern Airlines:

The first Boeing 737-800 for the new Eastern will arrive in early December as N276EA

Eastern (2nd) 737-800 WL (Eastern)(LRW)

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) has announced they are planning to take delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 during the first week of December 2014. The first aircraft will be registered as N276EA (msn 35070, ex Kenya Airways 5Y-KYB) which has been reserved by Eastern Air Lines with the FAA. N276EA will be named the “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker” according to the new airline. The new Eastern is going through the FAA certification process.

Image: Eastern Air Lines (2nd).

The original Eastern Airlines (2nd) Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Video: Eastern Airlines TV commercials for the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s:

Video: By George Mihal. Eastern aircraft at Charlotte (old terminal) circa 1956 including a Lockheed Constellation.

 

The new Eastern Air Lines signs a MOU for 20 Mitsubishi MRJ90s

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)(Mitsubishi)(LRW)

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an order for twenty firm MRJ90 with purchase rights to an additional twenty MRJ90s with the Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. (Eastern Airlines 2nd) (Miami). Based on this MOU, both companies will move forward to conclude a definitive agreement in the near future. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2019.

Eastern previously stated they had ordered the Boeing 737-800 in order to start operations. The proposed airline is still in the FAA certification process.

Edward J. Wegel, Eastern Air Lines Group President and CEO said, “We are extremely impressed with the operating cost benefits of the MRJ with the geared turbofan engine, which reduces seat mile costs almost to the level of current 130 – seater aircraft. This provides an excellent scheduling and route network advantage to Eastern as we look to add a second fleet type within five years.”

Thus far, 325 MRJ are on order, including 25 (15 firm, 10 option) from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., 100 (50 firm, 50 option) from Trans States Holdings, Inc. and 200 (100 firm, 100 option) from SkyWest, Inc.

Eastern logo (large)

 

The new Eastern picks the Boeing 737-800 as its first aircraft type, will Spirit Airlines beat it to Miami?

Eastern (2nd) 737-800 WL (Eastern)(LR)

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. (Miami), better known as the proposed “new Eastern”, has apparently selected the Boeing 737-800 as its first aircraft type. The new version of Eastern had previously looked at the Airbus A319 and later the A320.

On their website, the group has added a rendering of a Boeing 737-800 with Winglets in Eastern colors (above) with this photo caption:

This is the current artists rendering of an Eastern Boeing 737-800 in the Eastern livery. This aircraft, the “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” is expected to be delivered to Eastern in late Summer 2014.

Eastern logo (large)

As previously reported, in January 2014, the new Eastern filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

When the first aircraft arrives, the new proposed airline will then go through the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 certification process leading to an Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

The new airline has proposed using Miami as its new hub.

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Spirit Airlines is reportedly in negotiations to bring some of its ultra low-fare operations to Miami. Spirit Airlines has looked at Miami briefly in the past but decided to keep all of its South Florida operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Read the report from Brian Andrews of CBS Miami: CLICK HERE

Image: Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.

Eastern Airlines (1st) Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Spirit Airlines Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Will the Eastern name and brand return to Miami? CEO Ed Wegel wants to fly Airbus A320s in Eastern colors

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., (2nd) (Miami) has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.  Eastern plans on commencing its Part 121 certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shortly and has retained legal counsel and consultants for this purpose.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to launch an airline bearing the iconic Eastern Air Lines name,” said Eastern’s President and CEO Edward Wegel. “We have recruited a world class board of directors and a highly experienced management team to guide and lead this effort.”

Eastern logo (large)

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. was formed to relaunch Eastern Air Lines as a passenger airline using the Airbus A320 aircraft from its main base of operations at Miami International Airport (MIA).  Eastern’s headquarters is located in Building 5A at MIA.

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. is not affiliated with the former Eastern Air Lines, which operated from 1928 to 1991 as one of the largest U.S. domestic air carriers.

For more information visit www.easternairlines.aero and follow @FlyEastern.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The original Eastern Airlines was the U.S. launch customer of the Airbus A300. Airbus A300B4-103 N213EA (msn 092) taxies to the gate (now American Airlines’ Terminal D on the north side) at Eastern’s old Miami International Airport hub. Eastern sold its Latin American routes to American Airlines.

Eastern Airlines (original): AG Slide Show

Historical Flight Foundation’s Douglas DC-7B N836D receives FAA permission to fly

Historical Flight Foundation, Inc. (HFF) (Opa-locka) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority to operate its restored Douglas DC-7B N836D (msn 43545) which is painted in the 1940 Falcon colors of Eastern Air Lines (later Eastern Airlines). The FAA granted an exemption to Historical Flight Foundation to operate the classic airliner effective March 23, 2010.

According to the press release, “The FAA finds that a grant of exemption would be in the public interest and would provide an equivalent level of safety to that provided by current regulation.”

The HFF is unique in that its Douglas Aircraft Company DC-7B aircraft represents the only U.S. based, four engine, passenger propliner in operation today. With the advent of jet aircraft, most of the DC-7B aircraft disappeared from commercial airline service by the early 1970’s. The majority of the DC-7 were simply scrapped as they were seen as being un-economical to operate. In this unique case, the aircraft being operated by the HFF was still in its original passenger configuration as delivered to Eastern Air Lines in January 1958. Of the 112 DC-7 aircraft produced, this is the only surviving passenger configuration aircraft.

Signed: John W. McGraw, Acting Director, Flight Standards Service

The HFF sincerely appreciates the great effort on the part of the FAA to promote the living history program it has been approved for. The HFF is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The airplane will be touring the continental USA in the years ahead creating a passion for aviation not seen for a long time.We will be taking reservations deposits on a first come first served basis. Contact the HFF for details.

The announcement date for the Christening and Inaugural Flight will be made in the forthcoming weeks.

Roger Jarman, Secretary
Historical Flight Foundation, Inc.
Miami, Florida”

This is a fine organization, please visit their website:

http://www.historicalflightfoundation.com/

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Douglas DC-7B N836D (msn 43545) shines again in the Florida sunshine at Opa-locka (near Miami).

Aviation Mystery: Can you identify the airport?

 

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Eastern Air Lines (later Eastern Airlines) (Miami) operated a fleet of 60 Martin 404s from 1951 through 1962 on its local routes, serving many small airports mainly in the southeastern United States. The pictured N464A (msn 14155) was delivered in April 1952 and served the company through August 1961. The owner of this slide would like to identify the airport where this photo was taken if possible. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.