“We are honored to have the opportunity to launch an airline bearing the iconic Eastern Air Lines name,” said Eastern’s President and CEO Edward Wegel. “We have recruited a world class board of directors and a highly experienced management team to guide and lead this effort.” Yep, on Tuesday Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. was formed to re-launch Eastern Air Lines as a passenger airline using the Airbus A320 aircraft from its main base of operations at Miami International Airport (MIA). They even have their own website and twitter account – @FlyEastern.
The Miami Herald adds:
The old Eastern, which went out of business in 1991, had headquarters in Miami. Although the new company is careful to point out that it is “not affiliated with the former Eastern Air Lines,” it bears the branding of the defunct carrier. That’s because the ownership group acquired Eastern’s intellectual property several years ago with plans to launch the airline anew. Spokeswoman Maria Schnabel said the plan is to launch in 2014 once approvals are granted. The airline will initially fly charter service for tour operators and then will look to move to full scheduled service.