Eastern Airlines LLC
Executive Team
Steve Harfst, President & CEO at Eastern Airlines LLC
Wayne, Pennsylvania

Ken Johnson
Vice President - Commercial at Eastern Airlines LLC
Greater New York City Area

Eric Couvreu
Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering at Eastern Airlines LLC
ew Baltimore, Michigan

Jyri Strandman
DO & VP, Flight Operations
Wayne, Pennsylvania

Eastern Airlines LLC

4310 Regency Dr
High Point, NC 27265-9486

Systems Operations Control center is in Wayne, Pennsylvania,  as well as
Eastern Airlines

Eastern Airlines LLC550 E. Swedesford Road,
Suite #210
Wayne, PA 19087

Charter Sales:
Email us at chartersales@goeasternair.com or call
Charter specialists (800) 229-4142.

October 5, 2020

 Eastern Airlines transported the football team, The New England Patriots to Kansas for their game. 

October 5, 2020

Eastern Airlines transported the football team, 

The New England Patriots 

to Kansas for their game. 

From: Mark Porter <pacoastalairways@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2020 3:09 PM
To: DCDJGagnon <dcdjgagnon@comcast.net>
Subject: Eastern Part of Federal express DOD contract

Great News: 

Eastern Airlines LLC is one of the airlines

Part of Federal Express DOD Contract!

News on Eastern Airlines, June 22, 2020
by Mark Porter, PA Coastal Reporter for the EAL Radio Show

Eastern started planning on acquiring N771KW the Boeing 777-200(ER) back in January. They take great pride in owning there aircraft out right...and very few start ups can say that they own their aircraft.


N771KW is in the paint show and going through a few checks and passing the FAA for verification so Eastern will be allowed to fly the 777 as well. On a sad note I think. is that Eastern is taking out Business Class and will only have Economy and Economy Plus. I am unhappy to hear this as the 777 is such a queen of a name. (I hope for their sake this will work.)


As far as the domestic market, Eastern needs a narrow body aircraft. Many want the 757 and it is a good aircraft. However the fuel burn is much greater in a 757 than in a 737-8 or 9. Therefore I am pushing for the 737. They will need connection aircraft and aircraft for thinner routes.


This airline is a PanAm in Eastern clothing. Big wide body aircraft. Point to Point flying. JFK as main Hub,

Very little interest domestically,...make no mistake this is PanAm ala Eastern. If you ever get Steve on the show just ask him what he thought of PanAm.

March 19, 2020 CJIA Welcomes Eastern Airlines

Eastern Airlines touches down in Guyana 3 weeks ago

Guyana Aviation:

Eastern Airlines on Wednesday touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport around 1:30 p.m. from New York without a single passenger. The widebody 767 aircraft came to Guyana amid the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic to repatriate U.S. citizens and residents who were seeking to return home.

A team from Eastern Airlines LLC met with officials from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority in February to finalize arrangements for the launch its non-stop scheduled services from New York to Guyana. The launch was set for March 5, 2020 but was eventually rescheduled for later in the month. Eastern had proposed to operate two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.

Scheduled international passenger flights into Guyana, Eastern , with the temporary suspension, has cancelled all flights through April 5, and plans to resume operations once all travel restrictions are lifted. A statement from the airline says that they are waiving change fees and that customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 6 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no change fee but must pay the fare difference.

Guyana has reported 5 confirmed cases including 1 death from the coronavirus.

Prior to the Carona Virus outbreak world wide Eastern Airlines was flying to:

  • Guayaquil,  Ecuador
  • Georgetown, Guyana
  • Los Cabos, México

Turning its focus domestically due to the pandemic Eastern Airlines as of most recently has applied for service 3 times weekly to San Diego International Airport in California. 

It is my belief that Eastern Airlines next Domestic Destination will be that of Houston international. It makes perfect sense. In this way Eastern will be domestically set up when international travel reopens. About the only airport still not on a planned route from JFK is Miami, but since Eastern operates out of Miami that is a quick adjustment and filing.
Covid-19 & Scheduled Flights

Eastern Airlines scheduled service is temporarily suspended until government flight restrictions have been lifted.

Our policy: Eastern is waiving change fees for travel to or from New York City (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana (GEO) for passengers with tickets issued from March 4, 2020 – June 30,2020. Customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no change fee but must pay the fare difference. Fares, fees and offer are subject to change without notice. Seats are capacity-controlled and may not be available on all days or flights. Fares are nonrefundable except during the first 24 hours after purchase.

Martina Tchorz On Saturday, April 25, 2020

Dear friends,


Thank you for providing all the information and the script.

Another Eastern Flight just brought the next group home from Buenos Aires yesterday. Once of the families that we've befriended in Ushuaia just came home safely. They came a week behind, believing that the flights will resume later on in April and then in May, so they waited, however once we got home safely, they have decided to come back as well. So, the Eastern brought them home. They landed on time and in good spirits. All went well. Thank you Eastern.

Let me know if I need to do anything else.

Hope you are all safe. Wishing you a good night. Talk to you tomorrow.

Martina Tchorz

EAL Radio Show

Monday, April 27, 2020

Episode 455

"Challenge of Return Flights

(Ushuaia, Argentina to U.S.)

 Known As "The End of the World."


Photo: Martina Tchorz with Crew of Eastern Airlines LLC


The EAL Radio Show has our next topic on Monday, April 27, 2020, Episode 455 "Challenge of Return Flights (Ushuaia, Argentina to U.S.) Known As "The End of the World." An Incredibly True Journey"

Captain Neal received this E-mail on our EAL Radio Show Website of an incredible journey of Martina, Jack and daughter Emili Tchorz who were located in the Islas Melvinas, Tierra Del Fuego Province, Antarctica Sur, Ushuaia, Argentina and airports closed in Ushuaia and Rio Grande and have not been able to get a flight since March 15th to reach Buenos Aires.


Their note said: "We are trying to reach out to the Executive team at Eastern to help us get home. This is the only brave and considerate airline that is trying to help U.S. citizens come back home from South America. However, the last flight from Buenos Aires is scheduled for March 31st, 2020 and our family of 3 (three) is not able to make it in time.


The U.S. Embassy is working with the Argentinean Air Force and there may be a possible rescue flight on April 1st or 2nd, that will take us to Buenos Aires. However that means, that we are not able to make the March 31st flight operated by Eastern Airlines. Therefore we are trying to reach out to someone who can either schedule another flight or postpone the current (there are still spaces as of today's online availability check) so we can come home. Please assist us in forwarding this plea to the appropriate decision maker.

Eastern Airlines LLC Flew Holland American Cruise Ship Passengers
Home April 3, 2020 Article

Coronavirus: Holland America lets off cruise passengers; 14 critically ill taken to Florida hospitals By David O. Morgan Hines Jayme Deerwester USA TODAY.

Passengers from the ill-fated Holland America Zaandam cruise ship were carefully freed from their cabins and allowed to touch dry land on Friday for the first time in weeks, following the removal of 14 critically ill people who were wheeled off to Florida hospitals bracing for an onslaught of coronavirus patients.

The Zaandam and the Rotterdam, which rendezvoused last week to transfer healthy passengers to the Rotterdam, were both given permission to disembark passengers at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after days of negotiation with local officials who feared it would divert needed resources from a region that has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases.

About 250 people have reported influenza-like symptoms, which are similar to those of the novel coronavirus, since March 22, including 17 aboard the Rotterdam, according to a docking plan. It was unclear when the bodies of four passengers who died on the Zaandam would be removed from the ship. Two of the four deaths on board the Zaandam have been blamed on COVID-19, and causes of death for the other two have not been disclosed.

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam was expected to continue throughout the day. Floridians were getting off first, followed by other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport, where they’ll board chartered flights home without going through the terminal. At least four buses brought the first small groups to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday morning, where they prepared to board two planes waiting on the tarmac. The passengers wore masks, while paramedics and airline workers were fully suited up and masked in protective gear.

In a document outlining the disembarkation procedure, Holland America said the first group, which includes around 1,200 passengers who are asymptomatic, will be allowed to disembark Friday or Saturday after passing a health screening. They will also go through customs and border patrol processes at Port Everglades, rather than at the airport. Passengers on board the MS Zaandam and the MS Rotterdam who have been in limbo for more than a week were readying to leave the ship on Thursday.On Wednesday night, Faye and Ed Hoover, among the passengers on board the Rotterdam received a message: Pack your bags.

"We've been told already last night to have our luggage ready to go this morning and to fill out the health forms and get our passports ready," Ed told USA TODAY Thursday afternoon. The pair were getting on a plane early Friday afternoon getting ready for departure. The "process was seamless and pain free," Ed said. "Very organized." They had police escort the whole way.

Holland America said the second group, which includes 26 symptomatic passengers who are not yet fit to travel, will remain on board the ship. All those passengers will be required to quarantine on board. Once they are asymptomatic for 72 hours, they will be allowed to disembark under the same protocol as the first group.The rest of the crew will remain on board.

Port Everglades traffic records confirmed the arrival of the Zaandam and Rotterdam after 5 p.m. local time Thursday. There were 442 guests and 603 crew on the Zaandam, and 808 guests and 583 crew on the Rotterdam. Contributing: Associated Press

April 4, 2020

Dear Members,

As you can see in all the correspondence below, The EAL Radio Show Producer, Neal, Don and myself, along with our good friend, Mark Porter from PA Coastal has been having ongoing Emails between us and Martina  to ensure that these members get help. The U.S. Embassy didn't know why the military scheduled didn't pick them up as planned from Ushuaina to Buenos Aires. EAL fhad their flight scheduled April 3, to get them, but so sorry that Martina's family couldn't be there as they are still in Argentina waiting for the U.S. Embassy to get them a flight out.

All we can do is pray for them and that a flight from Ushuaina will come in and then arrange another EAL flight from Buenos Aires to fly them home.

Thanks for all your prayers. Click for More of correspondence...Comments.

Dorothy Cronin Gagnon
EAL Radio Show Host & Webmaster
E-mail: dcdjgagnon@comcast.net

Eastern Airlines Continues to Operate Rescue Flights from

Latin America to Miami  by World Airlines News


March 13, 2020, Note: Photos by the airline.

Eastern Airlines (3rd) has made this announcement:

We are offering the following flights from Central and South America to Miami, USA. To book, please contact your local travel agent or give us a call at any of the numbers below.

  • 4/7/20 El Salvador (SAL) – Miami #230: 5:00 PM DEPARTURE
  • 4/7/20 Guayaquil (GYE) – Miami #121: 2:00 PM DEPARTURE
  • 4/10/20 Guayaquil (GYE) – Miami #121: 2:00 PM DEPARTURE
  • 4/9/20 Haiti (PAP) – Miami #776: 5:00 PM DEPARTURE

The airline has repatriated more than 3,700 Americans since March 13, 2020 with its Boeing 767s.

The current version of the Eastern brand is now based in Wayne, PA.

Eastern Airlines starts scheduled flights again In "Eastern Airlines (3rd)"

Eastern Airlines LLC

New York (JFK) to (GYE) Guayaquil From $139 USD one way

Eastern Airlines is taking its first flight between Guayaquil, Ecuador and New York City on January 12th, 2020. To celebrate, we're offering introductory VACATION one-way fares starting from $139 USD* from JFK to GYE and one-way fares from $229 USD* from GYE to JFK. Tickets need to be booked by January 9, 2020 for travel on or before February 23rd.

Whether you're embarking on new territories or finding your way home, you can always count on Eastern Airlines for direct, non-stop flights at the lowest price. Check our website for more information, www.goeasternair.com.

Or call US Toll Free:  855-216-7601
GYE local:  1800 000 438

CH-Aviation Article 08-27-2019:
Eastern Airlines eyes mid-2019 for launch of scheduled ops ch-aviation PRO exclusive © Mustafa Sandikci

Eastern Airlines (2D, Greensboro) is planning to launch scheduled point-to-point operations to South America, the Caribbean, and Asia under a new brand and with a renewed fleet of B767 and B777 jets, Airways Magazine has reported.

CEO Steve Harfst has written in an internal memo that the management had been "working very hard getting the new Eastern Airlines ready for take-off" with a new business plan and corporate identity.

"We have been very busy investing in the infrastructure necessary to promote a successful scheduled service network. We believe that there are strong market opportunities open to Eastern Airlines to provide limited frequency, non-stop service between international markets and the United States," Harfst said.

The airline plans to acquire "several" second-hand B767s and B777s. By May 2020, it plans to have five B777s. The first aircraft of this family destined to join Eastern Airlines' fleet is ex-Kenya Airways B777-200(ER) N783KW (msn 33683). The 14.2-year-old unit is owned by Alta Airlines Holdings and has been stored at Kansas City Int'l since September...

Eastern Airlines Comes Back: New Logo, JFK Hub, Triple Sevens

By Airway Magazine, Enrique Perrella, August 23


MIAMI — The Eastern Air Lines brand seems to be far from gone and forgotten. The iconic and historic airline name will—pending on DOT approval—take off on point-to-point missions to the Caribbean, South America, and even Asia.

In a letter addressed to the airline’s employees, current Eastern Airlines CEO, Steve Harfst, noted that “in support of the development of our new corporate website and the promotion of our new business plan, we have been working very hard getting the new Eastern Airlines ready for take-off.”

The new, new Eastern (now incorporated under Eastern Airlines, LLC), emerged from bankrupt Dynamic International Airways in 2018, which held all the intellectual rights over the iconic airline name, inherited from sister charter company, Swift Air.


Eastern has focused on charter services to a myriad of operators scattered throughout North America and Europe with its fleet of eight Boeing 767-200/300 aircraft. Most recently, Eastern operated ACMI charters for Sunwing Airlines, one of the affected carriers by the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX. But with the end of the summer season rapidly approaching, the revived Eastern Airlines seems poised to come back with a boisterous business plan.


Eastern has focused on charter services to a myriad of operators scattered throughout North America and Europe with its fleet of eight Boeing 767-200/300 aircraft. Most recently, Eastern operated ACMI charters for Sunwing Airlines, one of the affected carriers by the worldwide grounding of the Boeing  737 MAX. But with the end of the summer season rapidly approaching, the revived Eastern Airlines seems poised to come back with a boisterous business plan.


Wide Bodies Coming Up?

As reported by Mark Porter, CEO of PA Coastal Airways Route Consultants—an insider who gave Airways all the latest information on the third rebirth of Eastern Airlines—the carrier is expected to launch services with a fleet of second-hand Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 aircraft. Porter notes that the new Eastern is expected to acquire a fleet of several Boeing 767 and 777s, with at least five second-hand 777-200s joining in by May 2020.


This former Kenya Airways 777-2U8(ER), owned by KMW Leasing, will be the first to join the new Eastern Airlines.  Steve Harfst confirmed in his letter that the airline’s intentions are big. “We have been very busy investing in the infrastructure necessary to promote a successful scheduled service network,” he wrote. “We believe that there are strong market opportunities open to Eastern Airlines to provide limited frequency, non-stop service between international markets and the United States.”  More on this article at:

Mark Porter Reports on Facebook August 19, 2019

I have been following Eastern Airlines growth very carefully. At first, the growth plans were too fast. Originally as I, sure you are aware Swift Airways came in and bought Eastern Airlines 2. Dynamic had just emerged from bankruptcy and bought name and rights from Swift. Kenneth owner if Dynamic also bought   40% of Swift. Now Eastern Airlines has a fleet of Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft.

Recently there are Major updates first Eastern is to rebrand, new logo very Picasso like. Their service will be point to point only. And Into markets that have no nonstop service.


Service begins Sept 16 to Guayaquil, Ecuador, then Georgetown, Guyana then Anchorage, Alaska and Jinan, China. All out of JFK Eastern Airlines Hub. They will operate an all bound fleet of 767 and 777 aircraft. Eastern Airlines new website goes live in 2 weeks. All Eastern Airlines Aircraft will emerge with different liveries. Their approach is to offer the customers low prices and best service in the skies.


777 begin 1Q next year to China. Eastern will be getting 3 more 777 by May,  total of 5. Service begins September 16 JFK to Guayaquil, Ecuador 7 days a week. Soon thereafter service will start to Georgetown, Guyana. Eastern Airlines CEO Steven Harfst who I personally think is brilliant guy, said that Eastern plans to expand service to the Caribbean and South America. All Eastern aircraft will give the most modern Wi-Fi in the air and Passengers will receive in-flight service we have not seen in years. Finally, passengers will enjoy flying again.  

Mark Porter Reports on Facebook October 9, 2018

Eastern Airlines is leasing from
KMW leasing. Eastern Airlines parent company added A 777-200ER to Eastern Airlines. KMW company while not in EAL fleet yet, soon will be.


Dave Cromling: I hope they paint it in Eastern color's .

Manny Chavo, October 3, 2016:

EAL Love <3


Edward Elley: Any news on commercial flights

Mark Porter: Not yet

Wish they would put N783KW from Europe into Punta Cana

Douglas Saxton Here's what needs to happen: Woolley needs to divorce/divest him and EAL/ dynamic from Swift fire anyone that has/had any ties with Swift.. next retract all ACs back to EAL 3 with full EAL original livery to it's fleet 3rd go public with a public website.

Mark Porter: October 1 at 10:48 AM

The Boeing 777 now part of KMW aircraft Leasing who owns Eastern Airlines. KMW is owned by Kenneth Woolley who owns EAL.


Mark Porter

September 26 at 6:43 AM

Eastern Airlines
(8) 767
(4) 762
(2) 762
(2) 762ER
(4) 763ER
Waiting on 9 & 10


Mark Porter: September 20 at 9:09 AM:

Eastern Airlines current 767-300ER fleet. The aircraft use Rolls Royce engines. And are in a two configuration cabin. Current charter flights are to:

Punta Cana Dominican Republic, San Juan Puerto Rico, Montego Bay Jamaican, Santiago Chile.


Friday, September 23, 2018 - News Flash:
Status on The Artifacts
Donated By Eastern Airlines LLC (formerly Swift Air)

The Eastern Airlines Memorial Rickenbacker Fountain Coin and The James E. Hartley Plaque Are Being Shipped From Greensboro, NC to Miami, FL!

I have been following up the last couple of months with The MiamiHistory Museum on behalf of  the Eastern Airlines LLC (formerly Swift Air) donations to their Museum.

The process to have the Donation Application accepted is a long one as you can see from the time the donation was submitted in February to now, September 23, 2018. They needed all the History, articles, publications, writings, etc. on these Artifacts to make an informative decision by the Board to see if they would be included in their Eastern Collection.

I have sent many E-mails corresponding with the Collections Manager at The HistoryMiami Museum in an effort to spur on the Application as expeditiously as possible to get the Artifacts transported to Miami, FL.

Recently I had a Request for Artifacts History from the Director of Collections to send them a Summary of the Plaque. I had many articles, files and typed up a chronicle outlining the information on the Artifacts to go with The James E. Hartley Plaque; that was an easier process for me to do as I had the articles obtained from the Silver Falcon News as well as the information I had acquired during my search for our EAL Radio Show Hall of Fame.  If you recall the Hall of Fame was for Captain Wilbur, who was the Pilot of the Eastern Flight 1380 when the Hijacker killed First Officer, James E. Hartley.


The summary of the Captain Rickenbacker Fountain Coin was more difficult to locate given no one I contacted could remember information on it. So I placed a notice in Facebook to the Eastern Family for any photo of the presentation of that artifact and/or information on it that would be of help to me. Unfortunately, my E-blast for information didn't prove to be helpful nor was the Facebook request for information any better.

Therefore, I used our our website History of the Rickenbacker Fountain Coin, along with Captain Eddie's History News articles and reading Captain Eddie's EVR book, that he was a War Hero, and certainly an Eastern Hero with all he did to bring Eastern where it was until he left.

The History I provided on both of them was finally honored and accepted to be commendable to have them be preserved in the HistoryMiami Museum. Both are accepted to display along with the other many Eastern Airlines Collections they currently have at their Museum.

The Director of Collections is now working on getting both Artifacts shipped to their Museum in Miami, FL and will continue to keep me informed as to when they are shipped from Greensboro, NC and when they finally arrive in Miami. Eastern Airlines LLC (formerly Swift Air) has been notified to this effect and will ready the Artifacts for shipment.

Once I know, you will be informed immediately. Thank You all for your interests!

Dorothy Gagnon
FB Comment, Augus6 18, 2018
Eastern Airlines, LLC

Tim Melancon 767's are old? Think again Mark. MD80s got 'em beat and they're still plying the airways regularly. Sure it would be nice for Eastern to have "newer" jets, just like it would be nice to see the Eastern colors on the aircraft. I for one feel that it will all come in good time.

Any airline startup, or merger doesn't change overnight, and I do feel you and a lot of others have expected that to happen with this Eastern.

Kathleen Clair I think they need to become profitable before they can buy more planes. Are they profitable yet?

Tim Melancon They have basically just started. The comments have been made that the new owner, a former Swift owner has deep pockets. Well, just because one has deep pockets doesn't mean the $$ need to be spent on new aircraft, or even paint schemes. Those times will come, if the airline is managed properly.Time will tell.

Mark Porter

I wish Eastern Airlines the best and i believe they have a few great ideas. Eastern it seems has taken the approach of using old aircraft to gain a larger Fleet while Eastern could lease the 787 or 330 and make the fleet instead of 10 six. Personally I would go with the A330 as it entered introduction a decade after the seven six seven and can be purchased for very little and is a more modern aircraft. Airbus has just introduced the a330neo the 787 is also a fabulous aircraft made by Boeing it does not have the range or the cargo space at the A330 has.

Having said this I am a ghost a mistake about it a Boeing fan but the A330 can be leased or purchased pre-owned whereas the 767 that Eastern now has are very old 20-plus years old the new the newest model to join the fleet is 32 years old. I love the 767 don't get me wrong but Boeing would need to start production on the 767 again preferably the 7673 er and the 7674 er.

FB Comment
Miguel Rodgriquez 02-23-18

The new Eastern crew is here. Pan Am International Flight Academy. The traditional Eastern blue on their uniforms should be a good sign of things to come.


Photo by Aries.0406 from instagram

Sunday, June 17, 2018 Report:
Eastern returned to Venezuela

 Eastern Airlines, that famous American airline of the 70's and 80's, has returned to Venezuela making flights to Swift Air; which currently has a leasing contract to make flights to the Miami International Airport, to a well-known Venezuelan airline.

This well-known Venezuelan airline can be identified quickly because it uses the colors of the soursop (South American Fruit, Guanabana, green in color) and uses a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-81/82 aircraft (the name of the same can not be mentioned, due to the request of the public relations department), has a leasing contract with Swift Air to make flights from Caracas and Maracaibo to Miami, using Boeing B737-400 and 800 aircraft.

For approximately two weeks, since part of the fleet of B737-400 and 800 of Swift Air aircraft have been out of service (due to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance), there have been strong delays in the flights of the Guanábana airline to the city of Miami, especially from Caracas.

Due to the above, and with the objective of moving the largest number of passengers affected by delayed flights, Swift Air has enabled a Boeing B767-300 with registration N706KW which currently belongs to the active fleet of Eastern Airlines / Dynamic Airlines, which they are part of the Swift Air trademark.Interesting to see again in Maiquetía a plane with the name and logo of Eastern Airlines, in this case a Boeing B767-300 with capacity to carry 244 passengers and equipped with two engines Rolls Royce RB-211-524H and manufactured in 1990. He was the Construction number (C / N): 24339 and line number (L / N): 298. It is likely that we will frequently see this Boeing B767 from Eastern in Maiquetía, because as we indicated in this previous report, it is planned that the Guanábana airline use this plane, as part of the agreement with Swift Air to make flights to Miami

June 20, 2018
Facebook Comments

Juan Mollfulleda  Eastern/Swift Fan Hangout

Wednesday at MIA, great news, I spoke to one employee from the decals company and he told me the Swift have order 30 sets of Eastern logos including the stripes. Sounds very good to me this = 15 planes with Eastern colors.


Mark Porter (Mark manages the membership and posts for Eastern/Swift Fan Hangout.) It is just very odd that they are not going to paint the cheat lines on.


Steven John Sladic: Maybe they are, we will have to see


Mark Porter: Saving money on old planes.


Steven John Sladic: Mark Porter smart move, when they get newer planes, they will prolly paint them on


Edward Elley: Baling wire and duct tape

FB Comments
May 29 at 12:58pm

Nelson Acosta: Grapevine, TX -

Eastern came to visit me this weekend. ❤️

Shocked that my artist rendering what was slightly accurate...only thing being the Swift “S” on the tail VS the EAL Eagle.


Shaun Heiss: I saw an Eastern 767-300 @ BWI when I went to fly my two day trip @ Southwest this past Sunday. I didn't work for the original Eastern but flew them as a happy customer!


Jack Zatirka: I like the new colors. New airline, new colors. Glad they kept the name and hockey stick. That shows some class and respect for the original.


PA Coastal Airways Route Planners, May 25

Slowly Eastern Air Lines is coming together. Guyana are you ready as Eastern Air Lines has made good paying back all stranded ticket holders? And now readies for a return to Guyana non-stop from JFK.

Miguel  Rodriguez: May 25, 1:13 P.M., Eastern N796JM in Houston Texas, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH).

Photo (left) taken by plane spotter Esteban Mendoza.

Douglas Saxton: Douglas  manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Eastern/Swift Fan Hangout. The hockey stick on the starboard side is backwards

Seth Lynwood Owens: Fix the falcon and I may drop a like....

Javier D Ferrea: That Falcon on backwards


Ed Cooper, May 23, 2018

I can see where you are coming in. This does not look right at all. The falcon is pointed the wrong way. One is painted in the swift air colors. Others have red strips on the fuselage and on has blue and red strips on the tail. Who starts an airline with aircraft that are not fully painted?


Marion Rostek

This is not Eastern. This is an airline trying to capitalize on the name. Ed Wegel was Eastern. This is not. They can do whatever they like. Presently they are not part of the legacy. It remains to be seen if they ever will be. 


Mark Porter

There are many mistakes being made with the current Airline. Now having said that there are also many good things being made and done with the current Airline. Eastern or shall I say the new Eastern 3 is lucky enough to have an owner and has an airline leasing company and is going to be given 10767 s so they will have no leases to worry about.

Secondly Mr. Woolley is extremely wealthy and is Diversified into many companies including Target so we don't have to worry that much about finances. Now they probably will update the color scheme and the color scheme does need updating but it is terribly important that they keep the Falcon on the tail and not the S and I'm sure they will learn over time. As I see it there are many ways they can take Eastern apparently they're going into Guyana which may or may not prove to be a viable route is going in in December out of Miami still leaving JFK for Non-Stop service for now unless other carriers go in then I would pull out. I believe that the airline must acquire a small turboprop Fleet has the service Islands from San Juan Puerto Rico I am also believer in the Pan Am routes that were used to serve San Juan Puerto Rico.

Miguel Rodriguez May 24

Look who made an appearance in Atlanta.

The more I observe the swift livery the more I'm hoping Eastern gets its hockey stick livery. Hopefully they reveal something soon. Swift has its own livery which is nice I like it for Swift, but so should Eastern have its own original look.

Juan Mollfulleda, May 23, Doral, FL - Eastern/Swift Fan hangout:

Hey people look who passed by my office today... different color with an outstanding name Eastern.

Another Comment: This isn't EAL 3.0. It's merely a rebranding.

Yet Another Comment: Flying under the radar and trying to get very little attention for now until they are flying, my guess, to 3 destinations. It’s basically Dynamic but run by a charter outfit which has been in business for more than 20 years and is associated with a large trucking company.

Face Book Comments

05-23-18 Jason Lorenzon Saw at Cle (photo)


Robert Neil McGinn May 23:EASTERN:

The new livery doesn't actually look that bad to me. Trust me, I've seen far worse.


Shea Oakley: How about back to the "hockey-stick" and get the falcon on the forward fuselage in the right direction?


Mark Porter: Yes but they got to put the Falcon on the tail and get it in the right direction


Mark Porter May 21 Tuesday:

There are many mistakes being made with the current Airline. Now having said that there are also many good things being made and done with the current Airline. Eastern or shall I say the new Eastern 3 is lucky enough to have an owner and has an airline leasing company and is going to be given 10-767s, so they will have no leases to worry about. Secondly Mr. Wooly is extremely wealthy and is diversified into many companies including Target so we don't have to worry that much about finances.

Now they probably will update the color scheme and the color scheme does need updating but it is terribly important that they keep the Falcon on the tail and not the S and I'm sure they will learn over time. As I see it there are many ways they can take Eastern; apparently they're going into Guyana which may or may not prove to be a viable route is going in December out of Miami still leaving JFK for Non-Stop service for now unless other carriers go in, then I would pull out. I believe that the airline must acquire a small turboprop Fleet as they service Islands from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I am also believer in the Pan Am routes that were used to serve San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Miguel Rodriguez: Looks like Swift is lending both 276EA and 917XA on a temporary lease to SmartWings for summer travel out in Czech Republic, Prague


Rob Goodman: Have to make money some way.

Thus FB article: Louis, Mechanic Swift, an Eastern former Mechanic: Punta Cana International Airport (IATA: PUJ, ICAO: MDPC) is a privately owned commercial airport in Punta Cana, eastern Dominican Republic.

Facebook Comments

Mark Porter, May 18, 2018:Eastern Air Lines Cleared for Mexico and Guyana service.

Photo: Eastern in PJU

Mark Porter, May 16, 6:32am:

Eastern Air Lines return to the Caribbean as well as central and South America will be a welcome relief to many passengers as prices should drop. American Airlines has dropped JFK-SJU service but will continue to serve the island from Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami and Houston. Leaving Jet Blue and Delta as the Dominate carriers.


Edward Elly: When’s The first flight going to happen?


Grant Matthews: Flying huge hours. We are back to all -400s (well one -300) for our summer programs. Europe summer flying is definitely a money maker.

This FB article: Louis, Mechanic Swift, Eastern former Mechanic: Punta Cana International Airport (IATA: PUJ, ICAO: MDPC) is a privately owned commercial airport in Punta Cana, eastern Dominican Republic.
FB Comments:

Eastern Boeing 767-233 In MIA Posted by Roger Dettmann‎

EASTERN AIRLINES Facebook Page, May 04, 2018.

A photo of the Eastern N254MY aircraft at Miami Intl. Airport in FB.

Dorothy's Comment: However it doesn't appear with the same Registration numbers as registered on the FAA approved form shown last week. Perhaps this is another aircraft of either Swift or Dynamic?? However, there are more sightings on different liveries with Eastern's name (see below).

Luis J Torrens Jr.: I like ///please remember the pass but look to the future all Carries change their logo but is the same let go to the future the important is to back the name to live on

Richard Koske: Should only show right side with bird flying forward

Lindsay Werme: That looks like something Spirit would do........


Alfonso Ocasio-Cruz: They should at least Paint one in the traditional hockey stick livery.


James J Smith: UGLY! I say disrespectful.


Lindsey Paris: Where’s the barf bag?


Juan Trippe: Icky!!!!


Sheryl Diamond Autrey: Sure doesn't look like what I remember. Dad worked for them 32 year's


Richard Wrede: I saw this plane two days ago at MIA and thought "Wha?"


 Matt Bazluk: Well, it's NOT EAL


Kimberly Falls: I agree with everyone disrespectful, it wasn't broke don't fix or change it. Just wrong


Craig Hansen, Patriots Air! Sorry didn't read that Eastern.


Bruce Ramsey: Not my Eastern! If you aren't attempting to honor the memory and the look of a once great carrier, what exactly is the point?


Matt Bazluki: Amen


Marilynn Laird: Can some elaborate on this photo please?


Don Petrere: Yuk.


Wayne DeAngeli: NOT my Eastern, hope you fail quickly.

Matt Bazluki: Like 2.0

Juan Mollfulleda: The only good thing is that is register under Eastern Airlines LLC


Don Petrere: And 32,000 former employees of the Real Eastern Airlines. Look at this with misty eyes.


Juan Mollfulleda: I know is been very tuff for all of them. I hope this time it is for real.


Vishal Parmar: Oh Hell to the No! They should’ve used the Hockey Stick Paint Job.


Kristin Augustine Christensen" Not at all befitting the name and the proud design of the Silver Fleet.


Jimmie Singleton: Goodbye Silver Falcon


John Burns: Not the Eastern I worked for and loved !


Marky Chow: Hopefully this is a temporary paint job.

Dotty Michalzen: This is so wrong.


Denise Flynn: Stubberfield Ah NO


Dee Defino Kustusch: WTHeck


Glenn Kennedy: Nope.


Joseph Vallejo: Oh I hope it doesn’t last long


Philip Lockhart II: I thought Eastern died for a second time. They are back again for a third.


Mark Lowdermilk: Not the same.


Cheri Washbish: Taking the name of Eastern Airlines for profit to me is stealing the true airline that was Eastern Airlines in its rights with the dedicated employees that worked there shame and shameful


Paul Farinella: What a mess. Looks nothing like Eastern or anything else. Who gets payed to think of this nonsense?


 Joe Di Bella: Bring back the orginal colors


 Alida Bostick Glenn: Yuk...just yuk


 Jared Howe: Sickening.


Julio Calderon: I thought it was a AA plane....


Thomas Przybyl Negative


Howard Dickey: What is this crap?


Bob Coup: NOPE!


James Moore: Oh my God??


Maryellen Hitzges: Don’t like it


Brenda Moss-Clifton: YUCK!!!


Joseph Hardy: It looks AMERICAN !!!!!!!


Jimmie Singleton: And with AA's reputation...thats not good

James McCloskey: The Duckhawk is flying the wrong way , it should be flying away from the logo , not towards it . Doh


Susan R. Haney: This is not Eastern and will never be!


Elizabeth Yanniello: It’s just a name. It’s not our Eastern


Vicki Smith: NOT our EAL!


Paul Mulkey: I got vision problems


Ed Roman: Evokes zero nostalgic feelings!


Richard Wrede: I agree. That small Eastern logo doesn't cut it. It looks like it was appropriated from somewhere and just plastered onto the side of the fuselage.


Beverly Gantley LaPointe: It should be all or nothing!!!


Emis Vazquez Not eastern colors at all. The Eastern we worked for showed it's true colors.....


Anita Wydra: Nope. Totally sacrilegeous!


Madeline Lincer Schwartz: No! No! No! That’s not our Eastern by any stretch of the imagination!


Laurel Lindenbach: I remember well circa 1965 when Eastern Air Lines traded in it's original winged Logo for the Stylized Falcon. The name of colors for the two horizontal stripes were appropriately dubbed, Caribbean Blue over Ionosphere Blue.

Matt Bazluki‎Eastern/Swift Fan Hangout May 4, Greensboro, NC

Robert Neil McGhin Despite the falcon being painted the wrong way, she looks smoking hot, especially for a 767.

Matt Bazluki:  Well, it is Dynamic Air........so they can do what they want. The last CEO sent EAL 2.0 into a tail spin. Let it go!! This isn't EAL!!!!! I just pray they don't run it like their trucking side..... Yes, same company...look it up.

Robb Boscardin Except Dynamic is not owned by or even a part of Swift, if memory serves. The Company is fully owned by Ken Woolley who also is co-owner of Swift

Steven John Sladic but why is it being parked there

Drew Wofford III: I don't remember the exact way the business relationship was phrased in the Press Release, but Dynamic and Xtra are part of Swift operationally. I believe one of the problems is the operating certificates need to remain separate. But that's why the plan...

Mark Porter: Morning Drew sorry but your information is incorrect. Xtra Airways is a Aersale Corporation and like KWA has it's own leasing company. Ie Aersale. Swift is also its own company of which Mr Wooley owns 23.5 percent. He purchased the name Eastern from Swift. Dynamic Airways now Eastern is owned entirely by Mr Wooley. He is giving EAL, 10 of the 767 so EAL will own not lease there own aircraft.
Manny Chavo shared a post to the group: THE NEW GENERATION EASTERN. Yesterday at 9:16am ·

‎Miguel Rodriguez‎ to Eastern/Swift Fan Hangout May 1 at 2:45pm

Well..at least the falcon is facing the correct way. I guess the sticker was made only in one particular direction. Still keeping my fingers crossed for a nicely done livery soon.

Eastern Name being painted on the

 Boeing 767-233 Registration #N770JM recently registered by

the FAA to

Eastern Airlines LLC in Greensboro, NC!

By Dorothy Gagnon

A FaceBook Post indicated an assigned number for the Eastern Airlines LLC aircraft (formerly Dynamic Air) was assigned.  A hyperlink to the FAA website Registry for Numbers Assigned, led me to this form. According to this Registration below, the form indicates the number N767-233 submitted by Eastern Airlines LLC is assigned. The last article on the Internet from AiviationNews.online (see below) indicates that this particular aircraft the N767-233 will be slated to have the paint color of Eastern and is scheduled once the FAA registered the number.So we're patiently waiting to see the end results.

FAA Registry Has Assigned
Boeing 767-233 Registration #N770JM of Eastern Airlines LLC
333 Centreport Drive, Ste 400
in Greensboro, NC!

(Photo of Assigned Registration taken from FAA Registry website N770JM. The Application is dated April 11, 2018.)

AviationNews.online Post

March 15, 2018

by Jon Champs

(Photo of the N770JM will be painted up and prepared as soon as

paperwork and FAA approvals have been granted.)

Eastern Airlines No 2 ended up failing as a business and was absorbed into Swift Air who owns the brand rights. The owners of Swift include Kenneth Woolley of Eastern No.2 who it seems, can’t let go of the Eastern Airlines idea. This time rather than running 737’s, the plan is to run eventually, up to ten 767-200/300ER’s and the first one, currently flying under the Dynamic International Airways brand is slated to be the first.

Dynamic Int'l Airways Revises Scheduled Ops Plans - 12APR2018

By www.ch-aviation.com

Dynamic International Airways (2D, Greensboro) has amended previously announced plans to offer scheduled service between the United States and China, in favour of flights to South America.

In a filing to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking to endorse its claim to substantial fitness, the carrier said it would offer scheduled flights between New York JFK and Georgetown Cheddi Jagan in Guyana using its fleet of B767s. No commencement dates have yet been given in light of the ongoing regulatory proceedings.

Having exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings last month, Dynamic International Airways LLC has changed its legal name to Eastern Airlines, LLC. It is also in the process of adopting the Eastern Airlines (2D, Greensboro) brand name.  www.flydya.com

Facebook Comments:

Keep Eastern Airlines Flying April 2, 2018 commented:

Note on their former website of
www.easternairlines.aero (black screen with the Eastern Hockey Stick and just Eastern Colors) says, "Coming Soon!", so we don't know if that is the Dynamic getting the Eastern Airlines.Aero website ready for use!

The note says "coming soon." Watch the sight to see updates!
Miguel Rodriguez 05-15-18 1:00 PM

Shared a
link to the group: Eastern Swift Fan Hangout"

Photo by: PHLairline.com

I noticed "the spirit of Eddie Rickenbacker" was either removed or covered along with "whisperjet". Can't help but wonder why? Unless if they do use this aircraft as Eastern they're trying to start over from scratch possibly?

Charter Company Changes Name to Eastern Airlines
By Robert Silk / April 06, 2018

Charter operator Dynamic International Airways has changed its name to Eastern Airlines following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the company said in a filing with the Department of Transportation.

Dynamic operates charter flights with its fleet of Boeing 767s from airports in New York, Hong Kong, Guyana and the South Pacific island nation of Palau. Prior to ceasing scheduled service in 2017 as part of the Chapter 11 restructuring, the carrier operated a handful of scheduled routes, including flights from New York to Latin America. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in March.

In making the name change, Dynamic could hope to capitalize on the Eastern name recognition. Miami-based Eastern Air Lines ceased operations in 1991. In 2015, a new ownership group, which had secured the rights to Eastern's name and trademark, brought back Eastern Air Lines, flying scheduled charter service between Miami and Cuba, as well more specialized charter flights, including for sports teams.

The venture failed, however, and the airline, as well as its name, was purchased by the charter operator Swift Air in the summer of 2017. Dynamic's sole owner, Kenneth Wooley, also owns 38.75% of Swift Air. Wooley has obtained a license from Swift to use the Eastern name.

Dynamic International Airways Moving to
 ‘Eastern Airlines’ as new corporate name By The Blue Swan

April 6, 2018

Dynamic International Airways advised (03-Apr-2018) its corporate name has changed to Eastern Airlines, and requested the US Department of Transportation to reissue its certificates of public convenience and necessity to reflect the new name. Dynamic anticipates it may need to continue to utilise the “Dynamic International Airways” trade name for an interim period while it transitions to the use of its new trade name.

April 5, 018 at 7:40 AM

So I came across another picture of the Swift painted 767 that had the caption

"Dynamic International Airways introduced the Swift Air livery on a first Boeing 767-300 as part of joined forces under one shareholder umbrella."

Anyone care to elaborate how that works? I'm guessing by being under one shareholder this pretty much sets in stone that the two 737s are definitely returning to Eastern once it all starts up. So while Swift gets a 767 in exchange the 737s return to the Eastern name I'm assuming. I don't know I'm just making my own assumption out of all this.


Miguel Rodriguez
April 5, 018 at 2:49 AM

With the new start of Eastern 3 or 2.5 whatever it's suppose to be lol. Do you think they'll bring back aircraft 737-700 N278EA into the fleet? It's still in storage at kSFB as far as i know. I'm assuming it's still in full Eastern livery too since no other airlines have gotten it. Makes one wonder what the faith of that plane is unless it'll remain in storage.

Juan Mollfulleda

N278EA was at Orlando international airport last week with the Eastern colors and name


Wayne Cooley
Admin April 3, at 9:05pm

When I first saw the Eastern Aero post, I thought it symbolized a new day for Eastern; another sunrise??

I would encourage everyone to hold off on criticizing anything till we get the big picture. Only a few weeks ago we were begging anyone to keep her alive.

Our livery is not what made Eastern great. It was the people who made it great, who built relationships and bought into EAL's standards of excellence.Thank you.


Mike Povey: Its a new day at Eastern think of it this way delta American and united no longer have there traditional paint scheme things change the point is name is alive.

Dynamic Int'l Airways To Rebrand

As Eastern Air Lines

By Ch-aviation


Dynamic International Airways (Greensboro) has announced it has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as of March 8 and is now seeking to develop its ACMI/charter business using the Eastern Air Lines ( Greensboro) brand. Dynamic said in a disclosure to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that under its court-approved reorganization plan, it will continue to operate ACMI-type charter flights in a bid to rebuild its financial resources. It said that during its time in bankruptcy protection, it had seen "substantial unmet public/market need for carriers with wide-body convertible aircraft". As such, it requires DOT approval to increase its beyond the current limit of five "large aircraft" to ten.

Dynamic has the infrastructure to operate 10 aircraft and has a strong FAA compliance record," it said. "The current five aircraft restriction significantly limits financial growth and leads to costly inefficiencies in its maintenance department." The carrier highlighted that it already has customer commitments for the use of up to 10 aircraft of which eight will be used for passenger flights and two for cargo.

The long-term objective, Dynamic said, is to introduce longhaul, low-fare scheduled service from China and other markets. As it stands, the airline said it would be submitting a request to register the trade name (d/b/a) of Eastern Air Lines. It is recalled that Eastern Air Lines (2009) (EAL, Miami Int'l) was absorbed into Arizona-based passenger charter specialist Swift Air (USA) (WQ, Phoenix Sky Harbor) last year.


However, access to the Eastern Air Lines branding rights will come by virtue of owner Kenneth Woolley who, in addition to owning 100% of Solitude Strategies, LLC, Dynamic's single shareholder, also controls a 38.75% stake in Swift Air.  All aircraft Dynamic currently operates - one B767-200, two -(ER)s, and two B767-300(ER)s - are dry leased from various LLCs owned by Woolley. However, the disclosure states that Woolley will be donating these leased aircraft to Dynamic in the near future, such that Dynamic will own its entire B767 fleet.

"In addition to the leased aircraft and pending Department approval of Dynamic’s request in this letter, Mr. Woolley is prepared to donate additional Boeing 767 aircraft to Dynamic," it said. In total, Woolley has provided over USD8 million in DIP financing and more than USD50 million in aircraft and cash following the company’s emergence from Chapter 11. He is reportedly prepared to invest up to an additional USD15 million to cover any operating expenses if needed as the new aircraft are integrated into the fleet.

Paul L. Csizmadia
February 9, Lorain, OH

Eastern Airlines Colors! - Swift Air N276EA Boeing 737-8AL(WL) as flight SWQ471 from Punta Cana catching the light on Final for KCLE Runway 24R.

Painted in a livery reminiscent of the old 'Eastern' these aircraft were part of the former new 'Eastern Airlines' fleet launched in 2015 and acquired by Swift Air in the Summer of 2017. The new 'Eastern Air Lines' conducted its last flight September 2017. Swift completed its asset purchase and all remaining Eastern Planes were transferred to the Swift certificate.

In September 2017 Eastern surrendered its certificate to the FAA. Fortunately Swift has chosen to keep these birds in the Eastern Colors for now and keep a little bit of aviation history in the air.

           Eastern Air Lines Cancels Order For 20 MRJs,

 By Mavis Toh Flight Dashboard 26
January, 2018

Eastern Air Lines and Mitsubishi Aircraft have terminated a purchase agreement for 20 MRJ regional jets, shaving off close to 10% of the manufacturer's firm order book.Mitsubishi tells FlightGlobal in an interview that the sales agreement, which also includes options for an additional 20 of the type, was terminated "very recently", following the airline's acquisition by luxury private charter operator Swift Air. "They sold their business to Swift, they returned their AOC to the US FAA, so this is a change in their business consideration and we agreed that the best option for both parties was to conclude the termination," says Yugo Fukuhara, Mitsubishi's vice president and general manager of sales and marketing.He adds that while the loss of Eastern is "regrettable", he expects it to have no "major impact" on the MRJ programme.

The deal with Eastern was signed in 2014, with deliveries then set for 2019. The delivery timeline has however been pushed back due to two rounds of programme delays since. The manufacturer would not disclose the updated delivery schedule for Eastern, but says that those slots can now be offered to existing and potential customers. With Eastern's cancellation, Mitsubishi now has firm orders for 213 aircraft from six customers, comprising All Nippon Airways, Trans States Holdings, SkyWest Inc, Air Mandalay, Japan Airlines and Aerolease Aviation. Swedish lessor Rockton signed a letter of intent for 10 MRJ90s in 2016, but this still has not been firmed. Asked about the status of Rockton's LOI, Fukuhara points out that the agreement was signed shortly before a two-year delay to the MRJ schedule was announced in 2017. He adds that the airframer is in constant discussions with the lessor, which has asked to incorporate the latest aircraft specifications and performance into the agreement.

It also has Air Mandalay as a customer with firm orders for six aircraft. The Myanmar carrier has, however, suspended operations several times over the past years. Fukuhara says the carrier remains a customer with whom Mitsubishi is in close communication.The MRJ sales and marketing team now has two priorities: taking care of existing customers "under a very tough programme situation", and to continue discussions with potential clients. There are several ongoing sales campaigns, although they are unlikely to be concluded in the near term, says Fukuhara. He is also confident of the programme's progress and says delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways is on track for mid-2020.

DOT Cancels AOC for
Eastern Air Lines
By Aero Pacific Flightlines Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Facebook Comments:

Keep Eastern Airlines Flying April 2, 2018 commented:

Note on their former website of www.easternairlines.aero (black screen with the Eastern Hockey Stick and just Eastern Colors) says, "Coming Soon!", so we don't know if that is the Dynamic getting the Eastern Airlines.Aero website ready for use!

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has canceled Eastern Air Lines’ air operator’s certificate  (AOC), thus bringing to close a long-running—and some say, quixotic—attempt to revive a name storied in aviation history.

DOT, in an order dated Nov. 20, said it would “cancel the certificate authority issued to Eastern Air Lines Group Inc., authorizing it to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail.” Eastern on Nov. 13 notified DOT that it would it voluntarily surrender its operating certificate to the FAA and that “[the carrier] did not object to the [DOT] canceling its economic authority.”

The order took immediate effect—although Eastern, or any interested party, has 10 days to petition DOT.

The department awarded the revived Eastern economic authority on April 28, 2015. DOT expanded the certificate to allow Miami-based Eastern to fly foreign charter operations in May 2015. Eastern operated charters between Miami and Havana, Cuba, and planned scheduled service to other points in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2016, Eastern applied for some of the 20 daily scheduled frequencies between Miami and Havana made available by the US-Cuba bilateral air services agreement. DOT denied Eastern’s application, arguing that it had not established a record of service at the time.

The carrier leased Boeing 737s and had orders for 10 737-8s scheduled for delivery beginning in 2020. Eastern also ordered 20 Mitsubishi MRJs; these were scheduled for delivery in 2019.

The carrier made the news in 2016, when a charter flight carrying then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (the 2016 Republican vice presidential candidate), overran the runway at New York LaGuardia Airport. On Oct. 27, 2016, the Boeing 737-700 skidded off the runway during wet and overcast conditions, and was stopped by the arresting material at the end of the runway. No injuries were reported.

Eastern ceased operations Sept. 7. The original Eastern Air Lines operated from 1926-91 and was one of the original “Big Four” US carriers. Since 1991, a number of attempts to revive the brand have failed.

The Eastern Air Lines Rebirth Dream Comes to a Rapid End

                By Airways, November 23

MIAMI Nearly 24 years after the original Eastern shut down on January 18, 1991, the new Eastern Air Lines came back—but not for too long. Following a turbulent start, and an even more unstable lifespan, Eastern Air Lines has surrendered its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to the US Department of Transportation (DOT). According to a note released by the DOT, the organization would “cancel the certificate authority issued to Eastern Air Lines Group Inc., authorizing it to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property, and mail.” Eastern Air Lines replied to this note saying that they did not object to the DOT canceling its economic authority.

Waking up to an unfeasible dream:

Back in 2009, the Eastern Air Lines Group, led by its founder and CEO, Ed Wegel, purchased the intellectual property of the original carrier and announced in 2014 that it had filed a DOT application for the required certificates to operate.

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

Read More: 26 Years Since Eastern Air Lines Folded Its Wings: Personal Stories of That Final Day

Ed Wegel, a popular leader among many of the airline’s current employees and those of the original Eastern, was responsible for bringing the Eastern name back to the skies. Wegel was the driving force behind the airline’s relaunch since the dark days of the 2008-09 recession when planning began. The charismatic CEO succeeded in finally bringing The Great Silver Fleet back to Miami in December 2014. He is particularly known and appreciated for his support of Eastern’s Veteran’s Honor Flights. He served five years active military service as an Army officer in the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to Wegel’s efforts, Part 121 certification was given to Eastern Air Lines in April 2015. The fanfare behind the rebirth of Miami’s most iconic airline reached far beyond that of a traditional airline launch.

Read More: Eastern Air Lines Receives Part 121 Certificate

“We are honored and humbled to have been selected to bring the Eastern Air Lines name and legacy back to the skies, and the receipt of our 121 certification is the culmination of several years of planning and, over the last year, intense preparations by our team to meet all FAA requirements,” said Wegel at the moment. Miami was the original Eastern’s headquarters, and the carrier was the city’s largest employer from the mid-1970s until its 1991 shutdown. The new Eastern was born with a strong order of 10 Boeing 737-800s, with purchase rights on 10 737 MAX 8s. Moreover, 20 Mitsubishi MRJ 90s were ordered with rights for an additional 20, aiming for a large operation based at the already busy Miami International Airport (MIA). The new Eastern started flying in March 2015 ad-hoc charter flights—mostly between MIA and Cuba—and hoped to resume scheduled operations in the following 12 to 18 months.

RELATED: The Wings of Man Unfolds its Wings: Eastern Airlines Returned Thursday with Flights To Cuba

Under Wegel’s leadership, Eastern achieved what many thought impossible: certification and five Boeing 737-800s in just eight months, their own simulator, building their own 25M hangar, and an extensive sports charter operation including flying the San Francisco Giants and Florida Panthers.

But a real airline needs to have real routes, and Eastern did not have that.

What went wrong?

In October 2016, following a period in which Eastern became stagnant, Ed Wegel stepped down from his position as President and CEO of Eastern Air Lines, less than 18 months after the carrier’s first flight in May 2015.

READ MORE: Exclusive: Ed Wegel Out as Eastern Air Lines CEO

This unexpected departure of the airline’s founder and major energy-driver brings Eastern Air Lines to the list of carriers experiencing senior management changes in 2016. Spirit, Delta, United, American, and Eastern witnessed significant changes in the C-Suite during that year.

The reasons behind Wegel’s departure from the privately held airline were not disclosed, though a number of people have said he was forced out. Questions about the airline’s business plan viability could have been a factor.

“Eastern is facing its next challenges: defending its US-Cuba charter niche, suddenly awash with scheduled capacity (it applied for but was not awarded for scheduled service in the first rounds of awards), finalizing its scheduled domestic/flag service application (FAA operational/safety and DOT financial fitness), and dealing with delays to its smaller jet (MRJ) fleet plan,” remarked noted airline analyst Robert W. Mann at the time of Wegel’s departure. The Eastern Air Lines Group applied for scheduled flights between MIA and Havana but the US DOT denied it, arguing the airline had not established a record of service at the time. From this moment on, the carrier started to face financial difficulties. Once a steady flow of income for Eastern, the charter market to Cuba has suffered from 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. As a result, Eastern began returning several aircraft to its lessors.

Swift Air Takes Over

The attempt to revive one of the most important airlines in aviation history was not as successful as expected; the economical challenges led the airline to be acquired by the charter carrier, Swift Air, in June 2017. Credit: Benjamin Bearup

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 End of Eastern, This Time For Real

After all the efforts, Eastern Air Lines conducted its last flight in September 2017, waking up to a turbulent dream and hope of bringing the iconic Eastern brand to life. It remains unclear the status of the leased Boeing 737s and the orders for 10 737 MAX 8s. Delivery was supposed to start in 2020, as well as the 20 Mitsubishi MRJs that were scheduled for delivery in 2019. In the meantime, Ed Wegel just launched its newest re-birth project, this time with defunct World Airways, which ceased operations in March 2014, almost 66 years after the day it began on March 29, 1948.

Read More: 777 Partners Announced The Re-Launch Of World Airways

US-based investment firm, 777 Partners, just announced it acquired the intellectual property of World Airways, Inc.

“World has a rich and storied history dating back to 1947. It was once the world’s largest independent charter airline, and served the U.S. military and other clients with great distinction for many years,” said Ed Wegel, now Founder and CEO of the new World Airways.

And much like the failed Eastern re-birth, 777 Partners will base the new World Airways at MIA and LAX as initial operating hubs.

From: Dorothy Gagnon
To: info@easternairlines.aero
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.


Dorothy C. Gagnon
On Behalf of Captain Neal Holland
E-mail: dcgagnon@att.net
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

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.

Lynn Westphal

Okay it's hard to believe we flew to Punta Cana on Swift Airlines in an Eastern Airlines plane very clean and comfortable it was a whisper jet Non-Stop and on time are Super Bowl group is checked in and having a great time

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.


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 EasternAirlines@NewGeneration 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:


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.

Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines
Status of Where the Company is As of This Date!

Folks, if you missed Monday, October 14th's show you missed a great delivery by Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines on where the company is as of this date and other exciting news about Eastern.  Here is one listener'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.
he 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!"

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 - hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

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.”

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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.


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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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.


 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).

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


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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