“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.

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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.

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Geoff January 31, 2014 - 8:20 am

Yup, as soon as gas prices stabilized/dropped and carriers start making money here come the new entrants to repeat the process of (eventually)undercutting one another.
This industry is nothing but predictable.

MBM Travel January 31, 2014 - 9:10 am

What I’d like to see is a LCC start to take on Southwest with legitimate low fares and direct routing, something Virgin America has yet to do. Aside from *some* advanced purchases to the tune of several weeks/months out, Southwest has ceased to be the LCC that made it famous, and Virgin America isn’t really trying to do that anymore, anyway. As recently as two days ago, Southwest and Virgin America were both over 50% more expensive than Delta on a fairly common SAN-SFO R/T. And that’s without assigned seats on Southwest, something that many frequent travelers enjoy so as to avoid the refresh-the-checkin-page-constantly-to-get-the-best-boarding-position nonsense. If Eastern can come to smaller hub cities that still see a fair amount of air travel – in the same fashion Southwest did, I’d very much be interested in flying them.

Matt B January 31, 2014 - 9:42 am

Is it just me or is that plane missing its right wing?

DaninSTL January 31, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I like the website slideshow except I kept expecting Will Farrell to break out into boats’N’Hoes.
Prestige Worldwide.wide. wide.

M2 January 31, 2014 - 5:49 pm

@MBM Travel – perhaps the higher Southwest fares are because they have sold so many of the lower fare seats already. It could be Delta is cheaper because they are having trouble attracting business.


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