From: Dorothy Gagnon
To: [email protected]
Cc: "Everett Holland"
Subject: Current Status of Eastern Air Lines Group
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:32:39 PM

Dear Eastern Associates,

As former Easter Airlines employees, we keep in touch with the Eastern family by having The EAL Radio Show “the Voice of Eastern Airlines”, that was started by the Producer and former Eastern Captain, Neal Holland. Our radio show broadcasts twice a week for the last 7 years and has almost 1000 former Eastern Airline members.

We have given much support to Eastern Air Lines Group in the past on our radio show advertising the company status as it grew, and how well it was coming along. We also entertained Ed Wegel, the former CEO as our Guest Speaker, on our broadcast many times with updates of Eastern and the
progress the company was making. It has been a year since Ed Wegel is not in charge of the company, and that James Tolzien has taken over his role as Chief Officer. We would like to request his assistance in hearing from the company on their status, so we can assure our members keep confirmed
news on the company and not speculation or assumptions.

We know that the charter airline, Swift Air, acquired the company according to the letter written by CFO James Tolzien about the merger to all employees, and the iconic Eastern Airlines branding would remain along with the colors, etc. Also that Swift Air would be offering some employees positions in June and others would not. However, we haven’t heard anything more and there is a great deal of speculation as to the existence of Eastern Air Lines.

We have remained steadfast and true to Eastern Air Lines and would appreciate hearing from you to be able to keep our EAL Radio Show members and listeners aware of the present circumstances. We have left a message on the phone and would appreciate hearing from you as we are truly interested
in only the real time information and not spreading unwarranted “fake” news. You may reach Captain Holland at his cell number, 964-866-6114 or myself at the number below. Our sincere wishes as former Eastern Airlines employees is that the company remains in business and carries the name of Eastern Air Lines forward.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your considerations in giving us some news that we can relay to our members. In the meantime, we wish you much success and thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Dorothy C. Gagnon
On Behalf of Captain Neal Holland
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 561-369-8881

Pilot Errors Revealed in Accident That Saw Pence Plane Skid Off Runway

By Alan Levin


A several-second delay by pilots activating wing panels critical for stopping contributed to a charter plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence skidding past the end of a New York runway last October. A factual report from the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday stopped short of concluding the incident’s cause while revealing miscues by pilots of the Eastern Air Lines Group Inc. charter plane. The plane also flew thousands of feet beyond the optimal touchdown area at LaGuardia Airport, the NTSB said previously. Devices known as spoilers, panels on the top of wings that drive a plane into the ground to help the brakes, weren’t activated until 4.5 seconds after touchdown, according to the NTSB. An analysis by Boeing Co., which manufactured the 737-700, found that if they had been deployed within one second of landing, only the plane’s front wheels would have left the runway, the NTSB said.

Spoilers normally activate automatically when a plane’s wheels hit the ground, but the devices on this aircraft weren’t working and had to be operated manually, NTSB said Airlines are permitted to delay repairing such items. Pence’s plane skidded off the runway during a rainstorm on Oct. 27. None of the nine crew members and 39 passengers was hurt after a crushable concrete pad helped stop the plane from going onto a nearby highway.


Pilot Chatter

The plane floated, touching down 4,242 feet (1,293 meters) beyond the start of the runway, more than half way on the 7,001-foot landing strip’s length, according to NTSB.


“Down, down, down, down,” the plane’s captain implored the copilot, who was at the controls, according to a transcript of a cockpit recording.


The NTSB said pilot errors exacerbated a difficult landing with a tail wind that was about 12 miles per hour, which is the maximum allowed in the 737.


The pilots apparently violated U.S. aviation regulations by chatting about issues unrelated to the flight while on approach to the airport, NTSB also said. Investigators didn’t specify what was said.


In addition to the delay in activating the spoilers, also known as speed brakes, the plane’s captain began braking and steering the plane after landing even though the copilot was supposed to be at the controls.


Pilots are taught not to take over the controls without announcing that they’re doing so. Under Eastern’s procedures, the pilots should have aborted the landing because they weren’t properly lined up for the runway, according to NTSB.

Eastern Air Lines and Swift Air Transaction Details


Swift Air LLC To Assume Certain Airline Assets And Customers From Eastern Air Lines Creating A Premier Supplemental Carrier

 

 Transaction Details


  • Two B737-800s will transfer from Eastern Air Lines to Swift Air
  • Eastern Air Lines’ name, assets, and associated trademarks will be retained
   within the transaction
  • Certain Eastern Air Lines’ customers will transition to Swift Air
  • NHL Florida Panthers will become a customer of Swift Air
  • The transaction is not a purchase of one certificate or merger of two
    certificates


Both the Swift Air and Eastern Air Lines Boards of Directors have unanimously approved this transaction. Once regulatory approvals have been obtained, this transaction will expand Swift Air’s current book of business and the reach of Swift Air with B737-800’s. These new aircraft will allow Swift Air to expand the scope of the customers it serves. Indeed, Swift Air will be announcing new customers soon.


With the addition of 2 assets from Eastern Air Lines and the complementary addition of 3 aircraft, Swift Air will expand from 13 B737 aircraft to 18 B737 aircraft in the near future. This growth platform will enhance the company as a competitor in its space and allow Swift Air to pursue new endeavors which will be announced soon. Swift Air is known for its high quality service, dedicated employees and fantastic customer base. This transaction builds upon these core strengths while allowing us to pursue new opportunities.

BREAKING: Swift Air to Acquire Eastern Airlines,

 EAL Brand Retained

sby Benjamin Bearup, Aviation News


MIAMI — Charter airline Swift Air will acquire Eastern Airlines, according to an internal email sent to Eastern employees from CEO James Tolzien. The iconic, resurrected Eastern Airlines brand is expected to remain and replace the Swift Air brand, however.  The New Eastern, which began operations in May 2015 operating charter flights for sports teams and to Cuba, has been facing financial challenges in recent months. As a result, billionaire and primary investor Vincent Viola has been trying to find a buyer for the beleaguered carrier with the Swift acquisition or a shutdown, becoming a constant rumor. Viola was at the center of controversy when he was considered to be President Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Secretary of the Army, before withdrawing from consideration, owing to difficulties of divesting of his investments.

 

There has been additional turbulence in the resurrected brand’s brief history. The airline’s founding CEO Ed Wegel left Eastern in October 2016. A few weeks later on October 27, while carrying Mike Pence on a charter during the Presidential campaign, an Eastern 737-700 skidded off the runway while landing at New York LaGuardia.

 

Over the last few months, Eastern has had to return several aircraft to lessors. As of right now, the Eastern fleet stands at only three aircraft. One cause of Eastern’s hardship is ironically the United States’ easing of travel restrictions with Cuba under former President Obama.

 

Once a steady flow of income for Eastern, the charter market to Cuba has suffered with the introduction of scheduled commercial air service to the Caribbean nation. Ironically, the Trump Administration’s reversal of key aspects of Obama’s Cuban travel policies could further reduce already tepid demand for travel between the nations. This could lead to further reductions in scheduled commercial service, and provide an opening for the charters.

 

The “New Eastern” had intended to begin a scheduled operation with a focus on connecting secondary U.S. markets with Caribbean and Latin American destinations. For example, a hub in San Juan was under consideration as well. The new company had licensed the branding for One Pass, the original Eastern’s loyalty program.

 

Eastern has 20 Mitsubishi MRJ-90s and 10 Boeing 737-MAX 8’s on order. The status of these is unclear. Swift Air, based in Phoenix, has been operating for nearly 20 years. The relatively low key carrier operates charter flights for major professional sports teams and tour operators with a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-300s and 400s. The email to employees alerting them to the merger reads as follows:

 

“Dear Eastern Employees,

As you know, the company has gone through an incredible re-organizational effort as we’ve worked to re-trench our operations and move toward profitability. We followed up our meetings in March with the return of N280EA in April, the cancellation of unprofitable customer contracts (Guyana, Puerto Rico) and projects (Amadeus, new hangar) in May, and are in the process of returning both N279EA and N278EA in the next two weeks. We have made some difficult decisions regarding staff levels, bringing our total headcount from 240 to 103……about the level that we expect to maintain for the foreseeable future. We continue to measure, monitor, and improve everything we can every day……..and truly hope that all of you are doing the same.

 

At the meeting in March we also discussed the fact that our shareholders have received several offers to buy or merge the airline and while none were imminent at the time, I promised to keep you informed to the best of my ability about the future of the company. After careful review by our board and several outside advisors, one opportunity stood out as the best option among many. As of 5:30PM today, we have signed definitive documents with Swift Air and I wanted you all to hear it from me first.


In the broadest sense, the deal will make us part of a 20 aircraft airline that will allow us to serve our customer base with exponentially increased economies of scale and flexibility, gives our shareholders the opportunity to participate in the rapid growth of a very profitable company, and ensures the Eastern brand not only survives, but grows.


Swift is in the process of certifying to operate 800s, and it is contemplated that our aircraft and business will move over to them in late August or early September – once the transition is complete, all of Swift’s 800 fleet will be branded with the Eastern name and logo.

 

Clearly this decision impacts all of us, and between now and the end of August when the closing is expected to occur, I will keep you informed every step of the way. In the next few weeks Nick and I will be working closely with the Swift executive team to determine the infrastructure requirements of the newly combined company – at preliminary meetings this week, it became clear that the combined entity will be fast-growing and will need more space, equipment, and talent.


This transitional planning effort will undoubtedly result in offers for some employees to join the new venture, and financial retention incentives for those who do not. I can assure you both executive teams will work diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone, and will communicate accurately and timely as decisions are made. I realize this news may be disconcerting to many of you, but I hope you will join me in viewing this as a very positive development; it is simply the next exciting chapter of the Eastern Air Lines story.


I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for everything you have done and will continue to do. You all have remained steadfast in the face of an enormous amount of difficult organizational change, and I ask you to stay the course – we have a great team, and we need to remain diligent, work efficiently, and fly safely………”

 

Airways has reached out to Eastern for a statement.

  Press Release
 6/01/2017 NTSB Opens Docket on 737 Runway Excursion at New York LaGuardia Incident 10/27/16

The National Transportation Safety Board opened Thursday the public docket releasing more than 400 pages of information as part of its ongoing investigation into the October 2016 runway excursion of an Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737 at New York's LaGuardia Airport.


A Boeing 737-700 (registration N278EA), a chartered flight operated by Eastern Air Lines Group, overran Runway 22 during landing at LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, New York, Oct. 27, about 7:42 p.m. EDT. The airplane veered to the right during the overrun and partially transited the Engineered Material Arresting System before it came to a stop on the turf about 200 feet from the runway end. None of the 11 crew and 37 passengers, including then vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, were injured.


The docket includes the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder, interview transcripts and summaries, factual reports and other investigative material. The public docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators, and does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations.


No conclusions about how or why an accident or incident occurred should be drawn from the docket. The docket opening marks a transition in the investigative process where the majority of facts needed for the investigation have been gathered and the NTSB can move ahead with analysis of those facts. Opening the docket affords those with a need and desire for its contents the opportunity review what factual information has been gathered about the accident. Any analysis, findings, recommendations, or probable cause determinations related to the accident will be issued by the Board at a later date.


Links to the docket material, a related news release, and photographs are all available on the investigation page for this incident: https://go.usa.gov/xNNCf.

Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available.

Is The Eastern Air Lines Reboot Dead?

by The Unaccompanied Flyer


On May 28th, 2015, a Boeing 737 departed from Miami International Airport to Havana, Cuba.  That flight between Miami and Havana was a charter flight operated by Eastern Air Lines.  The Eastern Air Lines that operated that flight was a reboot of the original Eastern Air Lines that flew from 1926 to 1991.  Airline geeks everywhere rejoiced as the airline operated its first flight.  Though the flight was only a charter flight, many believed that it was a precursor of great things to come for the reboot.


The airline had hoped to begin regularly scheduled passenger flights just months after their first charter flight.  Regularly scheduled passenger flights were anticipated to begin sometime in 2016.  All flights would operate from the airline’s hub in Miami and would be flown using Boeing 737s.  Eastern Air Lines even had a frequent-flyer program ready to launch, LatinOnePass.  However, nearly two years since Eastern’s first flight, the airline’s future is looking bleaker with every passing day.


Eastern Air Lines CEO is having Second Thoughts


Eastern Air Lines CEO, Vincent Viola, reportedly considered selling his share in the company.  Viola was said to have been considering selling his majority share in Eastern Air Lines in favor of a minority share of Swift Air, an American-based charter airline.  The billionaire was, for several weeks, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army.  However, he recently dropped out of the running citing ethics concerns.


Additionally, according to Dealbreaker, Viola’s companies need him. “The former official said Mr. Viola felt he was unable to sell his interest in some of his holdings because doing so could have destroyed those companies.” When the majority shareholder of an airline considers selling their shares to invest in a competitor (be ethics concerns or something else), that’s typically a red flag.  However, it should be noted that Viola has yet to sell his shares at Eastern.  Though it should also be noted that Eastern Air Lines is just a small piece of Viola’s portfolio.  Viola is worth nearly 2 billion dollars as of December 2016 with business throughout the world.


The Airline Has Yet to Seek Regularly Scheduled Passenger Flights


A big part of what Eastern Air Lines was going for was regularly scheduled passenger service.  Aviation analysts and industry geeks both praised the airline for pacing itself.  The decision to operate as a charter carrier for the first year or so was viewed as a smart decision that would allow the airline to generate revenue and recruit pilots and crew.  However, Eastern was only supposed to operate as a charter airline for twelve to eighteen months.  It’s been nearly 24 months since the airline’s first charter flight and the airline has yet to seek approval to begin scheduled passenger service.  The process in which an airline seeks FAA approval to operate regularly scheduled passenger flights can last for months and is not a minor hurdle.


Eastern Air Lines’ decision not to seek regularly scheduled passenger service could just be a delay or it could a sign of something else.  The airline could very well have ditched plans to operate regularly scheduled passenger service in favor of charter flights.  It could also be the result of financial troubles at the airline.  Unfortunately, little is known about why Eastern has yet to seek approval for passenger flights so any of those three scenarios could be likely.


The MRJ is Delayed, Again


Eastern Air Lines ordered 20 of Mitsubishi’s MRJ90s.  The MRJ90 is expected to accommodate up to 90 passengers and has a range of 1550 nautical miles.  Those twenty MRJs were to compliment the airline’s 17 Boeing 737s.  However, after a fifth delay at Mitsubishi, Eastern Air Lines will likely have to wait until 2021 to receive its first MRJ90. It’s also worth mentioning that the airline experienced a major setback after an incident involving one of its first Boeing 737s in LGA.  The aircraft was damaged and underwent repairs.  The aircraft is back in service, however, after undergoing costly repairs and months of lost service potential.


Private Twitter Account, Terrible Social Media Reach- Eastern Air Lines Twitter Feed (Image: Twitter)


Probably not the best indicator of a failing airline, terrible social media can indicate trouble.  Eastern Air Lines used to manage a public Twitter account, as most airlines do.  However, this is no longer the case.  The airline hasn’t tweeted since September of 2015 and finally made their Twitter account private.  Additionally, the airline doesn’t share any details about flights or operations on either of its two active social media platforms.  On Facebook, the airline is active sharing vintage Eastern Air Lines ads.  What I’m getting at here is that the airline has no intention of allowing passengers or media to easily inquire about operations.  This is another indication that the airline will just continue to operate as a charter carrier.


Overall


A lot of aviation geeks really wanted to see the new Eastern Air Lines work.  The airline and its shareholders had what seemed to be a pretty solid plan for operating a new airline in a very competitive industry I might add.  The new Eastern was to start up flying charter flights and within a year, would start regularly scheduled passenger flights with a fleet of four or so Boeing 737s.  Here we are, two years later and there’s no talk of regularly scheduled passenger service.  To make matters worse, the airline’s CEO doesn’t appear to care that much about this venture.  Now, add the expensive cost to repair a Boeing 737 and another delay of an entire fleet of regional jets.


I’m not saying that Eastern Air Lines is in dire financial trouble.  I have no idea and I don’t feel comfortable jumping to conclusions.  What I am getting at is that it appears the new Eastern Air Lines is comfortable operating as a charter carrier and might not ever operate regularly scheduled flights.


Sightings, Eastern Air Lines Group, LLC

By Dorothy C. Gagnon, Webmaster


1. April 10, Eastern Airlines at the New Generation Facebook Sighting: Eastern is back in Colombia after 28 years. N278EA (photo below) at the Bogota El Dorado Internatioal Airport on April 10, 2017. Photos: Juan Diaz (not former EAL)  & Jonny Duque.

 

2.  April 11 Rizov shared a link to the group [email protected] shows The Eastern Boeing 737-8SH (WL) N283EA that was apparently delivered to Norwind Airlines on April 4, 2017 as VQ-BDC.

 

3. That same aircraft N283EA s shown as a sighting at MIA, Fl on November 23, 2016 as Eastern’s first brand new Boeing 737BSH that recently arrived at Miami International Airport. Their fleet now consists of five Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 737-700 aircraft. (Photo by George at MIA)


4. Sighting  April 12 (photo above) from JFK traveling to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands  then April 13 onto Paris, France and the last leg, JFK.


Eastern Airline Group Rumor

By Dorothy C. Gagnon, Webmaster


The rumor on the Internet is that Eastern Air Lines Group has received an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) presumably linked to Swift Air who has a corporate headquarters in Phoenix, AZ and an Operations  Headquarters in Greensboro, NC.


However, the details have not been made public and there is conflicting information on the Internet. One source says “The pilots left at EA have been told to expect a merger starting in early June completed by year end. The EA name will survive and supposedly the certificate will be turned in. Details will be forthcoming by end of month on pay, seniority list integration, etc.”


The other source “Jeff Conry, Swift Air President and CEO states there is no merger, managing, acquisition or buy out. That aircraft are being acquired from Eastern to the certificate.”

We can’t assume one way or the other as we have not found any evidence of either Management speaking out on this issue, nor any public announcement from either company.


We have no idea what that means for Eastern Air Lines Group and its future.

We do know that back in 2013 they {Swift Air} were securing funding to prepare to exit a bankruptcy. Article on this can been seen by going to:


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/swift-air-llc-secures-funding-prepares-to-exit-bankruptcy-218979811.html.

October 2016


Astonishing News, Ed Wegel is Being Replaced

At The Eastern Air Lines Group

By Dorothy C. Gagnon, EARA Editor

 


October 17, 2016 Eastern Airlines Retirees were astounded to hear the news flash of the step-down of Ed Wegel as CEO and President from the Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. in an article on the website of Airways Magazine by Chris Sloan. The Eastern Facebook page said the same to that effect. None of us wanted to believe this. We do know that circumstances do change and if Ed Wegel decided to leave the company and/or agreed to terminate in the interest of EAL’s future, as CEOs elsewhere have had to do, so be it!

 

Ed Wegel started the EAL Group, Inc. in 2008 and sought out investors for their financial support. Ed contributed 8 years service and got the Charter business up and running with many sports’ contracts to add to their client base; FIU, Florida Panthers, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, to name a few charters.

 

Our Eastern family thought this was unheard of especially when you factor in; the vision Ed had to bring it to fruition; the investors he secured to financially make it happen, the time, energy, and perseverance that Ed gave to make EAL successful; the significant clients they partnered with to make it well known to the public; and, bringing the Eastern Legacy forward.

 

The Eastern Family doesn’t what transpired. We commend Ed highly for all he has done to bring the Eastern name to a higher level. We can only anxiously wait to hear some good news of the plans Ed Wegel has for his future. Ed Wegel is a great part of our Eastern Family and we send him much success in his future endeavors.


EAL Radio Show Contributions
To Eastern Air Lines Group

Contributing Eastern History to The Eastern Air Lines Group!

  By Captain Neal Holland, EAL Radio Show

 

The EAL Radio Show Hosts, Dorothy and Don Gagnon, my friend Emre Martinelli and I drove down to Miami Springs on Thursday, August 5 to visit the Eastern Air Lines Group at building 5A. We wanted to personally invite Ed Wegel and his Team to the 2016 2nd Annual Eastern Airlines Retirees Reunion and Celebration we’re hosting September 23 & 24, 2016. So we extended an invitation to them to join our family with their family, and left a box of Registration Forms for their convenience.

 

Additionally, my main purpose for this visit was to give another historic framed print (right photo) of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and the Eastern Airlines aircraft to Ed Wegel for display, along with 3 of my books. My last visit to Ed, I gave him a framed print of the Eastern airplanes (left photo below) which Ed has in the outer corridor of his office. Unfortunately Ed was not available as he was attending a meeting, so we dropped off the framed Captain Eddie print.

Ed’s Director of Cargo Sales, Matt Holliday, and Trent Martens, Cargo Sales Coordinator welcomed us and gave us a tremendous visit. They also allowed Don to take photos of some of the vintage Eastern Airlines Memorabilia that Ed displays in his office and corridors.

 

Being down there brought back a lot of memories for Neal and for Don as he was on the 5th floor in the Eastern Bldg 5A and he just loved seeing all the former Eastern Airlines historic memoirs. The display of memorabilia on the wall and credenza reminded both Don and I of the historic company that all of us remember, and was wonderful to see.

 

It captured the belief of the Eastern Air Lines Group, that they too, wanted to be remembered by not only the generation we live in today, but for the future generations to come, always keeping the Spirit of Captain Rickenbacker flying high.

 

Eastern Airlines Group

Building a Legacy Like Eastern Airlines

The Goal of the Eastern Air lines Group, Inc.

  By Dorothy C. Gagnon

EARA Editor

 

Don hadn’t been to the EAL, 4200 NW 36th St., Miami Springs, FL area in a very long time. We were invited by Captain Neal Holland to go with him to the Eastern Air Lines Group, Building 5A. It was a most memorable time for Don seeing the sight of the Eastern Air Lines Charter airplanes next door, and the planes taking off and landing from MIA, bringing back some happy times of him working for EAL for 30 years.

 

The Eastern Team was so cordial extending us their time for our visit. They relayed their excitement about the Star Trek clients and the other campaigns they are working on for the new Charter business. These beautiful pictures were sent to me in an E-mail from Kent Mertens. Coordinator, Charter Sales displaying where the Eastern name rises high in the air along with the theme of the upcoming Star Trek Beyond that will be out shortly in movie theatres.

 

Matt Holliday, Director of Cargo Sales along with his team members, want to build their company’s reputation to the level that the former Eastern Airlines have done. I loved hearing Matt tell us how he wanted the same respect, the same history and the Legacy for their future generations, as the former Eastern Airlines has left to their family members who continually share stories of the former Eastern Airline. They want to be a part of that history, too!

 

The Legacy left by all of the Eastern Retirees means a great deal to this group and the entire setting of the office is based on the history of Eastern Airlines as demonstrated by the EAL memoirs on their walls. Their enthusiasm is incredible as they strive to have their Eastern Air Lines Group family be thought of in the same vein as everyone in the public eye thinks of our Eastern family…they want it to be one Family. A great compliment received from them to the Eastern Retirees, and very gratifying to hear.


The Eastern team were heart-warming not only to Captain Neal Holland and the EAL Radio Show, as well as to me the EARA Editor, but the compliments of the great Iconic Legacy that they want to emulate was something I wanted you, the EARA membership, to know. 

 

                                              EAL Radio Broadcast Show

                                                                                               By Dorothy C. Gagnon

                                                                                                                EARA Editor

 

EAL Radio Broadcast Show was honored Monday evening, June 27, 2016 to have as our Guest Host, Mr. Ed Wegel, President and CEO of the Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.  Ed was most informative on the future plans being made for the Eastern Group. Besides the scheduled charters to Havana, Cuba, they are working toward the fall, around 11/16 or Thanksgiving, the San Juan to Miami, route. He also spoke about the destinations they plan to go, the Caribbean and Latin America once they obtain their certification of the “Domestic and Flag Carrier Certificates” that are necessary to do so.


“Eastern Air Lines is affiliated with the University of Miami, as the ‘Official Airline’ of the Miami Athletics “Hurricanes Team,” said Ed Wegel, and he also spoke about the other Sports Teams that he has for charters i.e., San Francisco Giants, the Florida Panthers, professional Baseball, football and basketball teams. I also mentioned to Ed that I saw the write-up where they were charted to fly the San Francisco AA’s on the aircraft. Yes, he said they are getting more sports charters every day.

 

I’d like to mention at this time, that I also saw an item on Facebook that week, June 29, 2016, where Eastern Air Lines Group Flight 4982 OMA-MYR, was chartered to bring the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers’ Champions back home to celebrate their victory! Congratulations to the Chanticleer Champions! As for‎ Eastern Airlines Group, they just keep “earning their wings every day,” as they just flew the Argentina National Football Team to Buenos Aires! Way to Go, Eastern!


Eastern signed an initial order with the Boeing Company for ten (10) Next Generation 737-800 aircraft and will get them in 2020. Also plans for a regional aircraft MJ in 2019 for secondary markets into Nassau, Montego Bay non-stop.

 

As the Eastern family knows, Eastern’s dates of partnering with Boeing go back to the 1930’s when they created a strong relation­ship with them. Remember that Eastern was the first airline to order and operate both the Boeing 727 and 757 aircraft. The Eastern Air Lines Group will now have the Boeing 737 Next Generation, and eventually the MAX aircraft, as their fleet standard. Ed continued with the information that Eastern held its first meeting with Boeing at Seattle (the 737 Configuration Studios") to start the interior design for their new deliveries of 737-800 NG and MAX aircraft. First new delivery scheduled for October 16, 2016.


Ed spoke about the Rebuilding of the EAL Training Facility, and mentioned too, that they also have an Eastern full Flight Simulator B737-800 CAE on 6th Street. When asked about the concourses that Ed was using at Miami, he mentioned Concourse F1, F3 and F5. Gates F7, F9, & F11 are grandfathered in, operating from Central Terminal for Charter. They aligned a ticket counter close to other airlines. A caller asked Ed of their using the Fort Lauderdale airport, and Ed said their focus was Miami, as they have great resources and a great recognition there. Ed explained they are not in the American Airlines Alliance and would like to form their own alliance for the Caribbean and Latin America with other airlines.


Ed gave tribute to his great management team and recently, General Ray Odierno, for Leadership and Management as well as the Chairman Role; also has Admiral Bill Owens, as Vice Chairman. They have great leadership and experience that they bring to Eastern. 


When asked about Eastern Air Line Group newsletter, Ed mentioned that was planned later on, and in the meantime he has a series of forums with their own people of public information, photos of people, and routes they’re taking. They use Social media to keep people informed, i.e. Twitter that Susan Wegel, his wife, keeps up with and does a great job of getting the word out.


Beverly LaPointe mentioned to Ed that Muhammad Ali flew Eastern MIA in 1963 (Ali’s fight with Sonny Liston) and that he came full circle with coming home on board the Eastern Air Lines Group aircraft. Ed responded that they got the first call and were hired by Broker’s Charter Jet to take 30 family members and friends, along with Ali’s body, to Louisville, Kentucky. He explained that he believes that they were chosen for several reasons.


  • Ability to respond quickly
  • In St. Louis dropping off the Giants
  • Built up a reputation for the last 13-14 mos of being professional and…
  • Major Legacy carrier.

Later Neal asked Ed if his mother was listening to the show, and Ed said that his Mother was doing well now, but actually in the hospital from a fall, so though she loves the EAL Radio Show, he was not sure if she was listening tonight.

 

Ed also said that he was extremely happy that he has accomplished tremendous goals for Eastern; Baltimore Orioles and N.Y. Jets, but more importantly, scheduled charter service to the Caribbean and Latin America. Some reasons he gave for their success was they were: never late; Official University of Miami Charter; signed FAU 3 year contract; football, basketball, and baseball sports; University of Louisville; Bahamas for Yellowstone Club, and a reputation to get things done.

 

Asked by a caller if they wanted former EAL employees to work there; Ed said being a former EAL person, I and a couple of others are already there. Absolutely yes, we encourage anyone to apply. They also asked if speaking Spanish was a criterion and Ed said not necessarily, while though helpful. Eastern already had a Flight Crew that speaks Spanish and a Cabin crew that speak 2 languages…Chinese and French. They have 2 on each flight with the MIA based crew into Latin America that speak Spanish. So feel free to apply and send in your resume.

 

The time flew by and the EAL Radio Show was extremely enthused, and overwhelmed with the future of Eastern Air Lines Group as outlined by Ed. He also mentioned, and any EAL employee listening must have been especially pleased, when Ed announced that the Eastern Air Lines Group and the EAL Retirees are all in one big Eastern family. The EAL Radio Show Hosts along with our EAL listeners were ecstatic to hear Ed’s comment. Our Eastern name is still soaring high, and earning wings every day! Thank you Ed Wegel for an amazing evening of outlining your future plans for the Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.   

 

   The Spirit of Eddie Rickenbacker

Eastern Air Lines Is earning It’s Wings!
Signed a Million-Dollar Partnership with FIU Athletics

By Dorothy C. Gagnon

EARA Editor


A recent announcement was made by The FIU Athletic Department that they have signed on with Eastern Air Lines, Building 5A, Miami, FL for a three-year, million-dollar partnership. How great is that! Eastern is now the Official Airline for the FIU football team. Way to go Eastern!

  

FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment, Pete Garcia is quoted saying “Eastern is an iconic brand. We want to thank Ed Wegel for his support of our program and we look forward to working with Eastern Air Lines over the next three years and hopefully beyond.” That’s what we, in the Eastern Family, like to hear. Our Eastern Airlines Legacy continues on long after the doors closed.

 

Edward Wegel was also quoted recently saying. “This partnership, under which Eastern will fly FIU's football team for the next three years helps further our corporate strategy of working closely with world class institutions such as Florida International University, one of the largest universities in the United States.” Eastern will carry the Panthers to five games scheduled on the road this fall.

 

In addition, we also know that Eastern flies the San Francisco Giants and several other major pro sports teams.  They just keep earning their wings every day!

 Eastern Air Lines Flew The Body of Muhammad Ali Home to Kentucky!

By Dorothy Gagnon, EARA Editor


The world watched on television for the airplane that flew the body of Muhammad Ali, who at the age of 74, died in Phoenix. AZ and waiting to see his body arrive at the Louisville, Kentucky airport, his hometown. As the plane taxied on the runway, those of us who are Eastern Airlines Retirees couldn’t help to notice that the airline carrying his body was the Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., Charter.

 

We were honored that the Eastern name was displayed, and that they were chosen to carry the famous boxer back to his hometown. We were sad too as to the reason they were landing and being watched by the world, was to bring back the body of one of the most famous boxers in history, Mohammed Ali, who we heard many time refer to himself as “The Greatest,” was dead.

 

Well, he was “The Greatest” boxer of his time and we are so sorry that he is no longer here, but the world will always remember, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in Louisville, KY, on January 17, 1942, and who was the three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. He died Friday night in a Phoenix hospital.

 

We have seen him on television at one time or another, and heard him speak of his battle with Parkinson’s disease since 1984. That was a tremendous shock for such a strong, forceful and healthy individual with the skill and strength of an athlete to have his body taken over by such a treacherous disease.

Ali may be best known for his three fights with the other champion, Joe Frazier, and the chemistry between them that was known to everyone through the media.

We no longer will hear him say those famous words that everyone associates with him “Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee. Your Hands Can’t Hit What Your Eyes Can’t See”. Though we may not have him around to say those words, we will always remember that saying, as well as to picture Ali dancing around in the ring. We will also remember Muhammad Ali for being very devoted to humanitarian causes and for that we are so thankful.

Eastern Takes Flight From Miami Again!

Boeing 737-800 readies at MIA for the first revenue flight for the relaunched Eastern Air Lines, Thursday May 28, 2015. | WALTER MICHOT MIAMI HERALD STAFF By Hannah Sampson - [email protected]


Eastern is back in business at Miami International Airport.


The well-known carrier with the hockey stick logo — a resurrection of the airline that called Miami home for decades — lifted off for its first revenue flight on Thursday afternoon. The destination for Eastern flight 3145 was Havana, in partnership with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern Air Lines planes at sunset, Miami International Airport, Dec. 29, 1981. | C.W. GRIFFIN MIAMI HERALD STAFF


Eastern Air Lines announced last week that it had signed an agreement with Miami-based HavanaAir to provide the lift for the operator’s charter flights to Havana, Santa Clara and Camaguey. The airline’s Boeing 737-800 will fly twice daily to Havana from Miami and weekly to the other destinations, with plans to add service to Cuba from other gateway cities in the U.S. over the next couple months.


HavanaAir used other carriers in the past but approached Eastern because of its longtime name recognition and newer generation of aircraft, said Eastern president and CEO Ed Wegel. He said he overheard someone notice the iconic signage and say: “Oh, Eastern? Are they back?”


Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research in San Francisco, called the contract a “great win” for Eastern that will give the startup operational experience, revenue — and attention. “It’ll be good for Eastern in terms of giving it a lot of frequencies and it’s also a high-profile market,” Harteveldt said. “It’s great visibility for the airline.” For Wegel, Thursday’s flight (refreshments: soft drinks and plantain chips) represented a milestone in the works since 2007.


In the years since, he and his partners have worked to hammer out agreements with the estate of the old Eastern, which ceased operations 24 years ago; raise millions in capital; earn certification from the Federal Aviation Administration; get approval from the Department of Transportation; acquire plans; train the first group of pilots and flight attendants; earn government approval to be a charter carrier and get the OK from the Transportation Security Administration to go to Cuba.


As he sat in the terminal surrounded by passengers preparing to board, Wegel said Thursday afternoon that he felt “a sense of pride in our people that they put all this together.” The earlier Eastern — once the largest private employer in Miami-Dade County — filed for bankruptcy protection in 1989 and stopped flying in 1991. The new airline is not affiliated with the original carrier but acquired its intellectual property; shareholders from the old airline also received rights to buy a stake in the new company.


Eventually, Eastern plans to fly as a scheduled carrier, but the process could take a year once started. The airline is still in the planning phase now, Wegel said. In the near term, a second 145-seat aircraft is scheduled for delivery next month and will go into service July 1 flying for a “major scheduled airline” still to be announced into the Caribbean from New York and Miami. A third plane comes online in August.


Chris Sloan, editor in chief and publisher of AirwaysNews.com, said Eastern stands out as a charter carrier because its aircraft is newer and more fuel efficient than many of its competitors. And it stands out as a new iteration of an old brand because if its business plan, he said. Unlike other old names such as Pan Am and Braniff that have been brought back to life only to fail again, Sloan said the new Eastern appears to be ramping up in a smart way. “They’re going to get their operations straight, generate revenue on charters before venturing to scheduled service,” Sloan said. “That, to me, is encouraging that they’re not leaping with both feet in. Virtually everyone else who has resurrected a name has failed at it. They’ve all done it completely differently than Eastern is.”


The company has set up shop at Miami International Airport's Building 5A, the former Eastern operations center. Community appreciation for the airline was evident in December, when the first aircraft arrived and crowds of politicians and former employees gathered to welcome it with cheers. In contrast to its December event, which featured Frank Sinatra songs, ice sculptures and historic photos, Thursday’s flight took off without any pageantry. “Enough celebrating,” Wegel said. “Now we need to re-earn our wings.”


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article22561377.html#storylink=cpy

Eastern Air Lines to Inaugurate Flying Next Week 
By Chris Sloan / Photos by Author / Published May 22, 2015


This Friday morning, the fourth floor of the original Eastern Airlines operations building in Miami which is the headquarters for the new Eastern is brimming with energy and enthusiasm. While many Americans are already leaving work early in advance of the long Memorial Day weekend, the Eastern team is hunkered down, preparing to inaugurate passenger service next week. Despite a hectic schedule, Eastern CEO Edward J. Wegel took time out of his busy schedule to give AirwaysNews an update on the status of the airline and their announcement of their first passenger service.


Proving Runs and Certification

Signs from the new and old EAL


From mid-April until May 4, the airline was busy completing proving runs that are required by the FAA in order to get its Part 121 Air Carrier Operating Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  which it was awarded last week. The airline conducted proving runs to various airports including: Colorado Springs, Columbus (the birthplace of Eddie Rickenbacker), Dallas Love Field, Islip, San Antonio, San Juan, and Santo Domingo. The airline was also granted foreign charter authority by the U.S. DOT last week. 


Flight Crew Classes and Graduates

EAL flight attendant uniforms in the headquarters


The first pilot class was made up of nine, and they graduated back in February. Meanwhile, the second class is made up of ten pilots, and they will be in the sims next week; the second class is on track to graduate by June 15.


The first class of flight attendants graduated back in February, and the second class of forty graduated on May 13 when the airline received its Part 121 from the FAA. One of the new hire flight attendants is an original Eastern Air Lines FA.

Fleet 


Eastern’s second 737-800 is due to arrive on property my mid-to-late June. Its third and fourth 737-800s will be brand new from a leasing company.

By September, Eastern plans to receive its fifth airplane which will be a 737-700. The airline plans to use this aircraft for sports charters beginning with “The Florida Panthers” NHL team.

MRJ model in the headquarters


The ten 737MAX aircraft it has purchase rights for will begin being delivered by the end of 2022.


“We have twenty MRJ’s on order which are due to arrive in 2019. It has the low seat mile costs of a 737-800 in a ninety seat aircraft. We can put them into secondary markets and places like Bahamas and Jamaica for nonstop lift from secondary markets. I wish I had them today,” Wegel says.


Some aircraft will be all economy while others will be mixed cabins as it will depend on the charter customers requirements.


EAL to Inaugurate Flying Next Week


Eastern has signed an agreement to support HavanaAir’s charter operations to Cuba in and out of Miami, by Wednesday of next week.


Eastern will operate twice daily service to Havana and weekly service to Camaguey and Santa Clara. Additionally, Eastern will support HavanaAir’s existing operations to Cuba with some 65 flights monthly.


A Boeing 737-800 (Next Generation) aircraft with 16 First Class seats and 129 Coach seats in the main cabin on all flights to Cuba.


“We are very pleased to partner with Eastern Air Lines.  Eastern earned iconic status in the U.S. airline industry for decades and we are both honored and privileged to partner with their highly experienced management.  Our partnership with Eastern will provide an entirely new level of service to Cuba with their Next Generation Boeing aircraft and their commitment to excellent customer service.” said Mark Elias, President and COO of HavanaAir Charters.


“We are excited to partner with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern was formerly the largest provider of air seats in the Cuba market, and with this agreement, Eastern will once again provide more seats to Cuba than any other U.S. carrier.  Cuba is and always will be a very important market for Eastern as we grow our airline and we look forward to proving service from additional U.S. gateways along with our home airport of Miami International”, said Wegel in a press release. The two airlines plan to also launch service from other U.S. gateways within 60 days. Next Saturday, the airline will fly sixty American Military veterants on a special Honor flight from Miami to Washington DCA airport.


Looking Into the Future


When Wegel was asked where he sees Eastern one year from now, he replied: “We will always have a charter division, but we will begin to move into schedule operations in 12 months. This will happen once we conclude another round of equity raising.”


Wegel declined to disclose further details on scheduled operations such where Eastern may serve or the business model they will adopt; however, he did say that “We are not an LCC. We have the benefits of a legacy airline brand with new entrant costs.”


EXTRA: Eastern Air Lines Returns Home to Miami

EXTRA: Flashback Friday; The History of Eastern Air Lines

EXTRA: Q&A with Eastern Air Lines CEO Ed Wegel

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Eastern’s first 737-800 shows its colours
By Edward Russell on 5 November, 2014 in Airlines, Americas

The first Boeing 737-800 bound for start-up Eastern Air Lines has rolled out of a paint shop in Ireland, adorned in the former US trunk carrier’s iconic livery.

Computer generated image of an Eastern 737-800. (Eastern Air Lines)

 

Two photos of the aircraft – seen here and here – which will be registered N276EA but continues to operate under the registration 5Y-KYB of former operator Kenya Airways, at Shannon International have appeared on the Airliners.net website.


The 737-800 was first delivered to Kenya Airways under lease from BOC Aviation in 2006, the Ascend Fleets database shows. FLY Leasing, which is leasing the aircraft to Eastern, bought it in 2011.


Eastern plans to launch charter services from a base at Miami International airport to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America in early 2015, chief executive Edward Wegel told Flightglobal in July. It plans to add scheduled flights later that year.


The carrier has yet to secure an operating certificate from the Department of Transportation, with a series of responses to questions on its financial position and ownership dated 27 October the latest filing with the regulator in this process.


Despite lacking an operating certificate, Eastern has firm orders for 10 737-800s and 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jet 90s, Ascend data shows. It finalised the MRJ order in September after announcing it at the Farnborough air show in July and announced the 737 order in May.


Eastern is just the latest relaunch of an iconic aviation brand, that has included attempts to bring back venerable names ranging from Braniff to Pan Am.

A new People Express began service in June but shut down again in September citing maintenance issues and aircraft and crew availability. It remains grounded pending government approval to restart flights.


Eastern shut its doors in 1991, after more than a decade of cutbacks and losses. It was one of the largest airlines in the world in its heyday, as this route map from 1980 attests. - See more at: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/airline-business/2014/11/easterns-first-737-800-shows-colours/#sthash.TTbZyPjZ.Yq8brRia.dpuf


Interview with Ed Wegel

By Benét J. Wilson / Published November 5th, 2014.


Edward J. Wegel is the president and CEO of the new Eastern Airlines, based in Miami. He is an airline/aerospace executive with nearly 30 years of industry experience, working for carriers including Pan Am, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Tower Airlines and Mesa Air Group. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his MBA in finance from the University of Northern Colorado. Below, we discuss topics including reviving the Eastern name, the climate for start-up airlines and the carrier’s niche in the industry.


AirwaysNews.com: What made you want to get back into the airline business?


Ed Wegel: I’m not sure I ever left. The bankruptcy estate of Eastern Airlines, which is still around, came to me in 2007 and asked me to put together a business plan to relaunch the airline. We looked at it and put together a first plan and raised some capital in the summer of 2008. Then in September 2008, there was the global economic meltdown and it became impossible to raise money when the world was in a depression. It’s hard enough to raise money for an airline, but in this environment, it was impossible. So we put the plan on the shelf, then brought it back in 2010 after putting some meat on the bone and raising money.


You need a smaller amount of money to get into the air as an ACMI (aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance) or charter operator. After we get an aircraft on our certificate, we will have the momentum we need to raise more money and start scheduled service. We hope to start a round of financing after being certified early next year.


AN: Eastern was an iconic airline brand. Why use that name for your airline instead of starting with something new?


EW: The original Eastern Airlines shut down in January 1991. Think of all the changes in the airline industry since, including the creation of low-cost carriers and ultra low-cost carriers, along with all the legacy carriers going through bankruptcy. We respect the past and the name, along with where it operated and its philosophy. So we want to bring it back with newer aircraft, the Boeing 737-800, in our fleet.


When our first aircraft arrives in December, we will pay homage to the past, especially with who the aircraft will be named after. We want to create a business that’s in line with what everyone has learned in the past 20 years with things like fuel hedging and handling maintenance. Eastern will be modernized, but still pay homage it its legacy. We’ve all learned so much since deregulation and since the original Eastern shut down.


AN: The industry has not been kind to start-up airlines. What are you doing to make sure that the airline becomes a success?


EW: The industry has not been kind to almost all airlines. Take a look at Spirit Airlines, which had difficulties before it became what it is now. We’re looking at what others did, right and wrong. The mistake made by most new carriers was going it alone, not having enough money, offering few amenities and not having the right mix of aircraft and cities. We want to do it right by working with other carriers and being a part of the airline community.  Why not just start with all that stuff instead of adding it later?


We’re bringing back Eastern as a legacy airline, but with the costs of a new-entrant carrier. There are passengers who want to connect out of Miami who don’t fly on American Airlines. So we want to codeshare and interline with them and offer feeder traffic. We also want to do charter and ACMI. We could operate for Caribbean carriers who can’t afford the aircraft themselves, but not in the U.S. We have no intention of competing against regionals like Republic, Mesa and Trans States.


The Eastern Airlines name is still very well known in Miami and Latin America, and we think it’s a huge advantage to have that name recognition.  That’s why I think Boeing said we want to sell you aircraft.   We also think it’s why Mitsubishi came to us with its regional jet and CAE approached us to power the Eastern Flight Academy. If we were just ABC Airlines, I don’t think any of this would be happening.


AN: Normally start-up carriers begin operations with used aircraft. But Eastern has agreements for new 737s and the 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Why did you decide to go with new aircraft?


EW: Boeing came to us after we filed our [Department of Transportation] 401 [certificate of public convenience and necessity for scheduled or charter operations] in February.  They saw that we had submitted it with the idea that we’d use Airbus A320s.  So they called and said they wanted to make a deal that was worth our while, and I’m happy with that decision.  Boeing has been a crucial strategic partner and has gone out of its way to help us with technical and manual support on the operations side.  They have been a great strategic partner. We have 10 firm orders for Next Genertion 737-700s and purchase rights on 10 737 MAX 8s. Eastern was the first airline to operate the 727 and 757, and Boeing wanted us to be a customer.


Mitsubishi came to us, showed us a better cabin for passengers and the aircraft’s geared turbofan, and pointed out that the cost for its 90-seat is same as 737-400.


AN: Where are you with the FAA and DOT approvals process?


EW: We’ve finished with the DOT and answered all answered their questions. We’re proceeding through the certification process. Our first aircraft, which is being painted, arrives in the second week of December.

AN: When do you hope the airline will begin scheduled passenger service?

EW: We need to do another equity raise. We’re focused on certification and getting our aircraft. We’re working on getting people excited about the name and getting our infrastructure in place. Our team is taking this in smaller pieces first, because it gives investors a level of comfort that we’re executing our plan, and that builds on itself. We’re hoping to do our next round of financing in the spring.


AN: What do you see as your niche in the airline industry?


EW: We think we can be an effective provider of airline services in Miami. We’ll have a hanger and the Eastern Flight Academy, with 10 simulators.  We’ll operate ACMI and charters, and see how we can work with sports leagues, since one of our investors is the owner of a National Hockey League team. Eventually, we’ll go into scheduled service.  We think we can handle between 20 and 25 aircraft. We want others to see that we can offer a safe, efficient airline and make money.


AN: What do you hope the airline will look like five years from now?


EW: I think that five years from now, we’ll be operating a very good charter division with eight to 10 737s. We’ll also be effectively employing MRJs for ourselves and other airlines, along with operating between 20 and 25 aircraft out of Miami.  We will also provide a maintenance operation and a flight training business.


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Eastern Air Lines Elects General Raymond T. Odierno To The
Board Of Directors

By PR Newswire Follow 02/22/16

 

MIAMI, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. ("Eastern") is pleased to announce the election of General (Ret.) Raymond T. Odierno, to the Eastern Board of Directors. General Odierno recently retired, after graduating from West Point and 40 years of active military service to our nation, as US Army Chief of Staff, and prior to that assignment served as Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and Commander- United States Forces- Iraq.


"We are very pleased to have Ray Odierno join our board and provide us his unique global perspectives which will be invaluable to a growing international airline," said Admiral (Ret.) William Owens, Eastern's Chairman. Eastern's CEO, Ed Wegel, added, "We are honored to have General Odierno on our board and to advise our management team, as well as continue to serve as an inspiration through his prior leadership of the United States Army. He will be a key advisor to our team on security issues as well as continue to help us build on Eastern's core values of Team Work, Respect and Integrity in all that we do."


General Odierno commented, "Growing up in New Jersey, I flew the former Eastern often and know well its legacy and its traditions which have been continued with the new airline. I have been attracted to the great entrepreneurial spirit here at Eastern, and the strong principled foundations laid by Admiral Owens and our majority investor, Vince Viola, so I very much look forward to working with the board and management in the continued development and growth of the airline."


Information on Eastern:

Eastern flies a fleet of four (4) fuel efficient Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft from its base at Miami International Airport and employs over 160 aviation professionals. Eastern has orders for ten 737 MAX aircraft and 20 Mitsubishi MRJ-90 aircraft.

Radio Show Briefing by Ed Wegel, President, Eastern Airlines

October 14, 2016

Folks, if you missed Monday, October 14th's show you missed a great delivery by Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines of where the company is as of this date and other exciting news about Eastern.  Here is one listner's summary of his comments:

"News Report: I just finished listening to Ed Wegel - President of the (new) Eastern Airlines on EAL Talk Show here on the internet. Ed pointed out that the funding requirement for start up of our new airline has been "over" accomplished. He pointed out that the decision was made to start the new EAL with A320 Airbus's.

The personnel is in place to start getting the gov't to approve the initial items which are needed ( that is when our gov't gets back to work ). He expects the airline to be up and flying before this time 2014.

The certification process will take a while and a great deal of work in the future to bring forth the airline to the point it is "approved" for passenger transport. Ed pointed out that all updates concerning the start up will be posted on "Twitter.com" To follow, add to your "follow" list.......flyeastern.

It was mentioned that the new Eastern Airlines is going to start up in the old operations bldg 5-A @ MIA. The subject of the COMAX aircraft was addressed and Ed Wegel mentioned that the door is NOT shut on that aircraft. He further pointed out that the engines on that aircraft burn 15% less fuel (@$3.50 per gal presently) than what the Airbus requires. Considerable savings for sure...

Lets all keep our Beloved Airline close to our hearts and wish the new management a God Speed!"

You can hear the entire broadcast by going to www.ealradioshow.com and clicking on Episode 136

COMAC says it has provisional deal with a reborn Eastern Airlines

ZHUHAI, China, Nov 13 (Reuters) - China unveiled 50 new orders for its COMAC C919 passenger jet at the opening of the country's main air show and promised to assist in the rebirth of one of the most famous names in aviation -- defunct U.S. carrier Eastern Air Lines.

Potentially worth several billion dollars, the orders for China's first commercial passenger jet dominated the first day of the China Airshow, held every two years in the southern cityof Zhuhai, along with fresh evidence of China's military ambitions.

 The C919 is designed to challenge Airbus and Boeing in the largest segment of the $100 billion annual jetliner market. Tuesday's orders for the 150-seat jet boosted the official tally to 380, reaching the state-owned manufacturer's declared breakeven point of 300-400 orders.

 However, Western analysts say it will be some time before the aircraft, due to make its maiden flight in 2014, proves both its technical worth and its financial viability. "You can always build a jet -- you can practically Google it, in fact," said Virginia-based aerospace analyst RichardAboulafia. "But the real skill is creating something the market wants and then selling and financing it."

Confirming a Reuters report, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) announced orders for 20 aircraft each from local carriers Joy Air and Hebei Aviation Group. Its only foreign customer GECAS, the leasing and financing unit of General Electric which co-produces the engines, agreed to buy 10 more, taking its total order for the plane to 20.

Others that have expressed interest include Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair and British Airways, according to COMAC. Separately, COMAC forecast the global passenger fleet would double in size over the next 20 years, thanks mainly to a sharp increase in demand from China where annual passenger traffic would grow an average 7.2 percent each year to 2031.

In its 2012-2031 Market Forecast report, COMAC predicted 31,739 new planes, valued at $3.9 trillion, would be needed worldwide over the next two decades to meet demand. China alone would need nearly 5,000 new planes in that time.

 EASTERN REBORN?

 In a surprise move, the state manufacturer also announced tentative purchase plans by investors said to be planning to resurrect U.S.-based Eastern Air Lines, which went bankrupt in 1991.

There have been sporadic reports of efforts to re-launch the airline, whose forked logo was seen on display as a backdrop to Tuesday's signing ceremony.

The announcement puzzled several delegates, including some who had done business with the original Eastern, who said little had been heard about the re-invented airline's plans or its leadership. "We do not comment on our customers," a COMAC spokesman said.

Once led by former World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker and later by former Apollo astronaut Frank Borman, Miami-based Eastern Air Lines rose to become one of the largest airlines in the world before losing a battle against low-cost competition. "We are still a young company. The start-up investment has not been finalized yet," Jack Shi, senior vice president for commercial development of Eastern Air Lines, told Reuters.

Shi addressed a packed hall of Chinese airline executives and media, but there were no other top executives present from the U.S. carrier which Shi said had been reconstituted in 2008 in Miami, the original hub of Eastern. He said the airline, which included some previous employees of the bankrupted group, was shopping for planes to start services late next year from Miami to unspecified destinations in Latin America.

"Eastern used to be the largest U.S. airline to serve the Latin America market," he said. "A lot of preparation work needs to be done, such as applying for an air route." Shi told his Chinese audience that once reborn, Eastern  wanted to be the first operator to fly COMAC jets in the United States just as it had introduced the European Airbus there.

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This just in........... 11'19/12

Gilder Anne McCarroll This former dependent has been watching the Net for rumors /plans of "New Eastern" for years. Here's what I know so far.

Mr. Wegel is on LinkedIn ("Edward Wegel") and on Twitter (@FlyEastern). I follow not only his tweets but any that reference Eastern (via the search function).
http://twtrland.com/profile/FlyEastern

"Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc." was incorporated 2011 in Delaware, registered with Florida authorities same year.

http://www.bizapedia.com/fl/EASTERN-AIR-LINES-GROUP-INC.html

Mr. Wegel's investment group has been working since at least 2009 to get EAL back in the air. Besides the news from the Chinese air show, there's also been Twitter buzz and news articles from Paraguay (and Ecuador?) about potential operations there.

Since there is not yet an official web presence for EAL Group Inc., I assume that the new corporation is keeping its cards close its chest.

Hope this helps separate rumor and conjecture from fact.

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