Eastern Airlines was a US domestic carrier and once one of the largest airlines in the world. The forerunners of the airline started service in 1926, and the airline ran until they went bankrupt on 17 January 1991.
Along the way, the airline was the launch customer for some very famous aircraft, such as the Boeing 727, Boeing 757 and Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. The 1980s were the beginning of the end for the airline, with some quite notorious mismanagement from Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air International.
Eastern Airlines Video
Following on from the last video about Ansett Airlines of Australia, this time we head to the United States for a look at Eastern Airlines. This video runs for eight minutes and gives a very brief overview of the airline’s history.
One interesting thing not mentioned in the video were the so called Moonlight Specials. The airline decided to sell seats on the overnight cargo services to raise revenue. You could purchase food and drinks and since the cargo holds were full, passengers were permitted to bring two cabin bags each. Sounds like fun to me!
My first knowledge of Eastern Airlines came about due to knowing about the Everglades accident in 1972. I believe I probably saw the TV movie about it when I was a kid, which pretty much explains that.
From reading around on aviation forums, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of love for the airline, especially when compared to airlines like TWA, who seemed to have a really cohesive bunch of employees, or Pan Am, who again seems to have people who have a lot of pride in their old carrier.
Did you ever fly with Eastern Airlines? What were they like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by Torsten Maiwald on Airliners.net via Wikimedia Commons.