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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
Eastern Airlines N604KW during its time in YUL taxiing in Montreal (CYUL) Real nice shot here.
Photo by Jonathan Givon
Sent: September 6, 2019 at 3:55 PM
Subject: N703kw EAL new
Nice shot of Eastern N703KW when it visited LAX few days ago. Miguel Rodriquez Photo by Alex Crail
From The Eastern File Comment
Matt Johnson 09-06-19 FB
Currently sitting at Charlotte Douglas International Airport - CLT. Boeing 767-300ER from Eastern Airlines 3.0. Chartered as part of a massive FEMA staging operation for Hurricane Dorian.y sitting at Charlotte Douglas International Airport - CLT. Boeing 767-300ER from Eastern Airlines 3.0. Chartered as part of a massive FEMA staging operation for Hurricane Dorian.
Joan Shrenk 2:15pm Sep 27
I met Capt. RIckenbacker once, when I first started with EAL in 1956-57. I was being sent home on furlough and they deadheaded us to Newark. He was on the flight that was a cargo flight. We were sitting on cargo & whatever was availablle. He came back to say hello from the cockpit. Last time I ever met him. Joan Shrenk
Original Post bhy Neal Holland:
EasternRadio Airlines 5:17pm Sep 26
Rickenbacker's thoughts about his
pilots. His feelings are revealed in his autobiography "Rickenbacker."
Co-pilots, Captains, Chief pilots and some of his favorites are greatly
credited in his book.
Join us Thursday September 27th at 3:00 pm ET when we
broadcast From the Eastern Files. See you at the Gate. Go to www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie.
Dynamic Exits Bankruptcy, Seeks to Grow Fleet,
Use Eastern Air Lines Name By Airliners.net
Dynamic International Air and Eastern Air Lines Name
Dorothy Gagnon: Monday, March 12, 2018,
10:02:21 PM EDT, Just heard that Dynamic
International Airways bought DOT certificate of Eastern Air Lines and pray that
they make the name proud for their new operations. They are out Greensboro, NC.
Let's also hope they get a new livery to showcase our name as well the 30 year
old B-767s. Also Ken Woolley invested 50m into Dynamic, and is also an investor
in Swift Air.
Bill Lyon: Very cool that Eastern may fly once more. I'm very much in favor of this aspect of the DOT filing!
Normajean Borger: Wow. Do I dare dream this is for real. Will it finally happen? What I wouldn’t give to be on board one more time. Oh the tears I shed the day our shuttle was sold. I cried for hours. My neighbor happened over and said, “ What in world is wrong.” I could hardly speak
Margie Hickman Janes: Hope it does
Danny Pendleton: Eastern will never die in our hearts! I will carry my airline to my grave.
Mike Van Winkle:
Great news lots of family History with Eastern Air Lines as my Father flew For them until Eastern shut down he had checked out on the 757 had flown the Constellation, 727, L1011, A300, checked out on the 757, also Manager of flying gave ck rides to new pilots & others. Test pilot as the plane is put back on the line. Which I had the great experience of going on a Test flight out of the home base of Eastern Air Lines Miami Fl. Which was where we lived. Such fond memories of a great Family Air Line!
Stephen Hartrick Where does Dynamic Intl Air fly?
Richierich: Posts: Wow...I wonder how long the show will last this time? None shall pass!!!!
Wayne Cooley: Just when
I was ready to shut down or give this Facebook site to someone else, I find out
Eastern Air Lines is "alive"! Think about a few facts before you
start criticizing or complaining about aged aircraft.
1. Our new owner chose us.
2. He likes Eastern. We are not a stepchild or someone's financial mistake anymore.
3. He has "deep resources" and wants to give Captain Eddie another run for success.
4. We as a group need to support Mr. Wooley.
5. Thank him for seeing value in our favorite air line.
6. Encourage him and Swift Air. We are "one family now for real!
7.I want to start hearing from all of the Swift Air crews and fans on this site.
8. Hang on! We are in for another whirlwind chapter for the Wings of Man.
Shea Oakley: Agreed, let's give this thing a chance.
Steve Pellettier: I'm out of the loop.. How and why does Eastern survive?? Will more planes be repainted? What does this entail? Thanks
Robert Rogers: Eastern has lived to fly another day!
Mark Porter: Lets Hope Dynamics current fleet of 767/200ER/300ER as well as 1 Dash 8=300 arw over 29+ years old. Hopefully the new acquisition of more aircraft is to replace these with slightly younger aircraft. Only 10 year old aircraft. Ideally a fleet of A320/A321 & A340=200/300
MT Aviation Photo and Film: N276EA, a Swift air (Eastern Airlines livery) Boeing 737-800 spending the night at Detroit metro, DTW 2-24-18 waiting for her newest captain Brett to fly her out in the morning
Tim Collins: I still get to see a former Eastern B757 fly into my work every so often.
John Molifuleda: Love to know. Go Eastern...
Margie Hickman: Hope it does-
Mike Van Winkle: Great news lots of family History with Eastern Air Lines as my Father flew For them until Eastern shut down he had checked out on the 757 had flown the Constellation, 727, L1011, A300, checked out on the 757, also Manager of flying gave ck rides to new pilots & others. Test pilot as the plane is put back on the line. Which I had the great experience of going on a Test flight out of the home base of Eastern Air Lines Miami Fl. Which was where we lived. Such fond memories of a great Family Air Line!
Keep Eastern Flying: The following is from ch-aviation an airline industry news source. It doesn't say much different than what we learned the other day, but it does confirm that this is happening. There are questions that will be included in a special post soon.
Andy Dishman: Jess, maybe you can share Swift’s plan with the Eastern name? Seems like it would be a great marketing tool to increase business.
Jess Skinner --- Andy : I am low man on the totem pole, my friend. Swift, like many companies, operates on a need to know basis and plans out their approach to each and every goal in a meticulous manner. It makes sense - Don't announce each and every business decision before it is a done deal. Anyone in the airline industry knows how things can change in an instant. Although I am not within the inner circle of decision makers, I strongly urge everyone to keep an open mind and watch as things unfold. Not everything you read and are told is truth - I've seen many statements that are beyond believable about this very situation. The article you've posted may not be the end all be all. I'm willing to bet there's a bigger picture at play here. :)
Walter Wilson: Let’s cut this exploiting the Eastern Air Lines name and trademark. Let the great airline rest.
Guy Wright: Let it die it's never going to be the same let it go let it go
Bill Sablesak: Strongly disagree, Dorothy Gagnon. Sorry. Dynamic International Airways is anything but dynamic. Just s piece of S…. Leave our very proud EAL name out of it & far away from them. Enough is Enough. Stop dragging EAL through the mud. Let her RIP.
Alexa Conway: Sorry. EAL, RIP. Please leave our grand airline and its name, alone.
Alexa: Dorothy where did you work at EAL
Manny Camacho Jr. : Engine Fire At FLL (shows photo of Dynamic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_Airways_Flight_405
Dan Polulak: Poor Eastern... just let it die!
OST-2010-0058 / OST-2010-0262: Poor Eastern. Just can”’t let it rest in peace can they.
LAXintl Topic Author Posts: Dynamic International Airways exited bankruptcy on March 8th after restructuring and reducing its debt along with gaining more than $50mil in new financing. Company is now fully owned by Ken Woolley who also is co-owner of Swift Air. In DOT filing the company says it seeks to "immediately increase" its fleet up to 10 aircraft from current 5 to meet increasing charter /ACMI demand. Along with the request, the carrier also seeks to license and utilize trademark of Eastern Air Lines held by sister company Swift Air.
EvanWSFO Posts: Dead airlines need to stay dead, especially when they went out as poorly as the original EA did.
Douglas Saxton: So who wants to lay odds on how long the new development takes until we/anyone see's a 767 in EAL colors ?
Swift Air is honored to be able to donate both the Eastern Airlines James Hartley Memorial Plaque and the Eastern Airlines Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker “Captain Eddie” Fountain Plaque to a museum in Miami, FL.
Great job Dorothy!!!
I know how hard you worked on this. We are all very proud of you, especially me!
Bill Sablesak shared Swift Air's post.
Loved Eastern, and never worked there. Spent my life at DAB. As a kid my dad worked for Hertz Corp. Often he would take me to work with him at night. He would walk me through the terminal, talking to his friends at EA. Senior year of high school I became a DAB skycap, got to know the EA Culture. Graduated Embry-Riddle. I now work in Tech Ops for UA at MCO. I salute EA as a founder in the airline culture.
First Officer Hartley! Reminds me of the attempted hijacking of a FedEx
DC-10. The perp was a black belt martial artist armed with clubs,
knives and a speargun. A desperate fight ensued after the attacker ball
penned the engineer and ripped the captain's
ear off. The F/O rolled the aircraft inverted and the fight continued
on the ceiling of the cockpit for awhile. When the captain recovered
sufficiently to fly the aircraft, the F/O started wrestling the
assailant despite having received grave wounds. The captain managed to
safely land, but the fight continued until they took to the escape
slides. The assailant is serving a life sentence and in a sense so are
all three crew members: They sustained career ending injuries.
Laurie T Christian Christian:
Hello everyone, I
was hired in July of 1979, based in MIA, then after 3yrs I transferred to
EWR... Until our demise in 1991.
I will forever love EAL, it was my home away from home.
Station Managers September 1989. Apparently I lined them out if they had transferred or retired. If anyone knows the location or FB contact please post.
Richard Eric Carlson
Larry Wendland 02-05-18
I'm a Navy brat and my dad put in 20 years in the Navy and retired in 1959 and then put in 20 years at Eastern. I put in 23 1/2 yrs ('66-'89) with Eastern. That made my kids Eastern brats and now my daughter is a Flight Attendant for United. The tradition goes on. It gets in your blood.
December 19, 2017 at 7:54am·
My wife Irene Pratt was part of the Eastern Airlines Family from 1969 thru 1987. She was also a member of the cabin crew on Flight 401. Irene died in a car accident in October 1987. She loved EAL and the L-1011 was her favorite aircraft. Great to see the EAL Logo back in the air.
Bob Moore Hey Neil, I checked out the EAL Radio Website Just let me know have to upload the video.
Bob Moore 11:31am Dec 13
Hey Neal, More than happy to share the video on your website. Not much of a story. I had just purchased the camera as my son was being born later that month. Someone commented on the video and provided me the FO's name (Joe Pomponio). I reached out via Facebook to Joe but, no response as yet. Just thought it would be nice that the pilots could have a video of them working back in the day.
Russell Sykes 11:40am Dec 13
Bob & Neal. That is Joe Pompano but I''m not real sure if that is Clay Faulkner. Clay and I were new hire classmates in Dec 6, 1965. I don't recall Clay having a bald spot on the back of his head. The voice sounds like him though.
AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Amanda Morgan 5:34pm Dec 13
I remember when I had a 30 hour layover in Daytona. I was commuting from St. Augustine, FL but based in Atlanta. The Captain would let me sit in the cockpit for takeoff (wow...no restrictions back in the day!) And I would point out my home on Anastasia Island as we flew over. Oh those were the days!!!
Kenneth Jensen 5:39pm Dec 13
Bob Moore 6:16 pm Dec. 10 Eastern Airlines A300 (N205EA) MIA take off. Back in the day as an F/A, I held a turn-around trip that was MIA-FLL-JFK-MIA (September 3rd 1986). We would ferry the flight from MIA to FLL to re-position the aircraft. I just purchased a new video camera (5lbs.) for my son’s birth and thought I would try it out and video the MIA to FLL ferry leg.The Captain allowed me to jump-seat however, I don’t remember the pilot’s names. (Maybe someone could identify the pilots and let them know) The video is about 20 minutes long and for some reason, I do not have the landing into FLL. Eastern Airlines A300 (N205EA) Mia take off.
I worked for almost 20 years. I started as Lead Agent and promoted to Assistant Manager. I worked for a total of 4 years...07-07-69 was my employment date. Then to MIA front end flight crews.
I again was Assistant Manager and I worked for 3+ years. Then my father got terminal lung cancer.
I applied to MIARR for training. I then transferred to TPARR. I WENT ON DISABILITY (POST-POLIO SYNDROME) I DID MY DAMDEST TO WORK HARD IN EVERY DEPT. TRYING TO KEEP EAL FLYING!
I can't remember the date, but it was 84-86ish, I worked for United at the time. I was in Gravely Park at DCA plane spotting when I saw the almost accident between and EA 727 and a Helicopter. The copter was in the wrong and crossed the path of a rolling take off an EAL flight which was just about rotating. The pilot aborted, and did an incredible job of getting the flight stopped off the runway and almost in the Potomac. He amazingly turned the aircraft right after leaving the runway to utilized more ground or he would have been in the water.
I'll never forget it, he really did a great job and I've always wanted to let people know that, but we didn't have Internet at the time. I believe David Hartman of Good Morning America was on-board I heard. So, whoever you are Captain, GREAT JOB !!!
I was an Eastern Airlines Reservations Agent till 1991 and then continued with Continental Airlines until both my wife and I got downsized. I have sent you a friend request. I am going to be very depressed if the New Eastern disappears.
Subject: New Eastern Group
Date: Sat 09-02-2017 06:17 PM
I understand someone bought the new Eastern. Will it retain it's name ?
E.A.L. # 33714 April 1 1968 in MIA thru the shut down. The best 21 years of my