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Name: EASTERN AIR LINES
7JetSet7 Code: EAL
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: MIAMI
Country: USA
Employees 2000
Web: easternairlines.aero
Email: info@easternairlines.aero
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RESTARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994.

SEPTEMBER 1996: HQ AT PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, REPORTS PLANNED START-UP IN 1997 FROM ATLANTA HUB USING NEW MD-80'S.

NOVEMBER 1997: OWNS 11% PAN AM (PAA). SOLD ITS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AND A300'S TO (PAA).

February 2014: The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) is reviewing an application for a new Eastern Air Lines (EAL) to begin service. Eastern Air Lines Group (CEO) Ed Wegel plans to start charter service in December, pending (DOT) and (FAA) approval. The first airplane for the new airline could be an Airbus A320, scheduled for delivery in August or September, according to Wegel. The plans are for scheduled services, eventually.

Interestingly, Wegel’s group bought the Eastern name and logo out of bankruptcy court in 2009. It will run charter operations out of the former Eastern Air Lines headquarters in Miami.

The original Eastern Air Lines (EAL) went out of business in January 1991. Eastern (EAL) is one of the many defunct American legacy carriers, but its death was particularly painful.

SEE ATTACHED - - "EAL-1991-A/B" above which is the Eastern Air Lines (EAL) obituary that the Air Transport World (ATW) magazine published in its March 1991 issue.

Of the airline’s demise, the article states, “The Eastern that died in January, having been torn apart by years and years of labor-management strife and stripped piece by piece of its heritage in a vain effort to keep flying, is not the "Eastern" that anyone would wish to memorialize.”

But it made a large impact in its 65 year history on the USA airline industry, from its single-engine Pitcairn Mailwing beginnings to the world famous Eastern Shuttle and the launch of many new airplane types.

The death knell came with Frank Lorenzo’s battle with unions.

We wish the new Eastern (EAL) well should it gain approval. Wearing the "Eastern" logo will require a lot of gumption.

May 2014: The Eastern Air Lines Group said it has ordered 10 737-800NG airplanes, with additional purchase rights for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes.

In February, it was reported that the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) was reviewing an application for a new Eastern Air Lines (EAL) to renew service as a charter service in December, pending (DOT) and (FAA) approval.

(CEO) Ed Wegel bought the Eastern name and logo out of bankruptcy court in 2009 with plans to run charter operations out of the former Eastern Air Lines (EAL) headquarters in Miami, Florida.

Wegel said: “Eastern (EAL) is extremely honored and privileged to be in business with Boeing (TBC) once again. (EAL)’s strong relation­ship with Boeing (TBC) dates back to the 1930s, and later (EAL) was the first airline to order and operate both the Boeing 727 and 757 airplanes. We will now proudly have the Boeing 737NG Next Generation, and eventually the 737 MAX airplanes, as our fleet standard.”

Boeing (TBC) provided the following statement: "We’re honored that Eastern Airlines (EAL) chose Boeing (TBC) as they work to re-launch this iconic USA airline. We look forward to working with Eastern Airlines (EAL) to finalize this order for the 737 family, at which time it will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website."

July 2014: The Eastern Air Lines Group, a Miami-based start-up trying to revive the iconic airline brand, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MRJ) to order 20 firm MRJ90s plus hold purchase rights for +20 more of the Japanese regional jets.

Eastern Air Lines Group President & (CEO) Edward Wegel outlined his plans at a Farnborough Airshow to re-launch Eastern (EAL)-branded scheduled services by the end of next year. The original Eastern (EAL) operated from 1928 to 1991. The new (EAL) plans to start operations, providing charter flights with 737-800 airplanes starting in 2015 following (FAA) certification, and anticipates beginning to transition to scheduled services by the end of 2015.

It appears (EAL) would really start to grow in 2019, when deliveries of the MRJs are slated to commence. Wegel foresees MRJs featuring the classic Eastern (EAL) livery flying from Miami to destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. “We want to recapture the early, pioneering years of Eastern,” Wegel said.

Wegel said Eastern (EAL)’s MRJs will be configured in 2 classes, most likely with 82 seats. The MRJ is “an excellent airplane for the routes we want to serve, and on the timetable we want to serve them,” he added. Wegel declined to name specific routes (EAL) will fly.

The MRJ will be powered by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW1200G) geared turbofan (GTF) engines. (PRW) President Commercial Engines, David Brantner, also speaking at Farnborough, said (PRW) is “old enough to remember when amongst our customer rolls we could see Eastern Air Lines (EAL). We’re thrilled that once again we’ll see Eastern Air Lines as a Pratt & Whitney (PRW) customer.”

Wegel said (EAL) is not worried about delays to the (MRJ) program, particularly because it doesn’t need the airplanes for several years. “There’s never been a major airplane design that hasn’t had some delays in it,” he said. “It’s not something that overly concerns us.”

September 2014: The Eastern Air Lines Group, a Miami-based start-up trying to revive the iconic airline brand, has ordered 20 Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation MRJ90s with 20 options. The firm order follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU) placed at the Farnborough Airshow in July. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.

Eastern Air Lines Group President & (CEO) Edward Wegel said the airplane will “proudly join Eastern (EAL)’s fleet starting in 2019 and will be christened the Eastern Whisperjet.”

Mitsubishi Aircraft President & (COO), Teruaki Kawai said the (MRJ) program has been making “steady progress, and its state-of-the-art aerodynamic design and a game-changing engine will significantly cut fuel consumption, noise and emissions, helping airlines enhance competitiveness and profitability in the future. We expect that the economics, comfort, and other advanced features of the (MRJ), the next generation regional jet, will contribute significantly to the growth of Eastern Air Lines (EAL).”

(MRJ) plans to roll out the 1st completed (MRJ) on October 18. The company last year postponed the (MRJ)’s 1st flight to the 2nd quarter of 2015. First delivery is being targeted for the 2nd quarter of 2017. Flight testing is expected to take place in both Japan and the USA.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MRJ) has received orders for 335 MRJs (171 firm, 160 options, 4 purchase rights), comprising 25 (15 firm, 10 options) from All Nippon Airways (ANA); 100 (50 firm, 50 options) from Trans States Holdings; 200 (100 firm, 100 option) from SkyWest; 10 (6 firm, 4 purchase rights) from Air Mandalay.

This order brings the current number of orders for the (MRJ) to 375 airplanes (191 firm, 160 options, 24 purchase rights). In addition, Mitsubishi Aircraft (MRJ) signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Japan Airlines Company (JAL)/(JAS) for 32 (MRJ) airplanes.

November 2014: Surinam Airways ((IATA) Code: PY, based at Paramaribo International) (SUR) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Eastern Air Lines (based at Miami International) (EAL) encompassing cooperation in the areas of Operational Support, Maintenance, and Training, with Sales & Marketing to follow.

“(SUR) is delighted to be in a partnership with the new Eastern Air Lines (EAL). We believe this is an effective way for our airline to extend its reach by cooperating with Eastern (EAL) at its Miami base of operations. We look forward to our teams working together to find operational synergies between our 2 airlines,” Ewald Henshuijs, (CEO) of Surinam Airways (SUR), said.

December 2014: News Item A-1: Beginning in March 2015, Eastern Air Lines (EAL) plans to operate charter flights between Miami and destinations in the Bahamas and Cancun. Other destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America are also planned.

(FAA) certification is expected 12 to 18 months after charter operations begin. Once certified, (EAL) will begin scheduled operations. (EAL) plans to maintain its focus on the Caribbean and Latin America.

News Item A-2: Eastern Air Lines (EAL) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with (CAE) to provide flight training solutions as (EAL) grows its fleet of Boeing 737-NG and MAX airplanes and eventually the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).

News Item A-3: Eastern Air Lines (EAL) announced that its frequent-flyer program will be called "LatinPassOne."

News Item A-4: 737-8AL (35070, N276EA "The Spirit of Captain Rickenbacker"), ex Kenya Airways (KEN) arrived from Shannon, Ireland (SNN), via Portsmouth, New Hampshire into (EAL)'s new base at Miami International Airport to a water cannon salute.

May 2015: Miami-based start-up carrier, Eastern Air Lines (EAL) has received final approval from the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch charter operations.

The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) received no objections to a tentative April 20th ruling.

(EAL) intends initially to offer charter flights from Miami to the Caribbean and Latin America until it receives a certificate for scheduled operations.

(EAL) currently has one 737-800 leased from FLY Leasing (BBB) and orders for +10 more of the type.

Eastern Air Lines (EAL) uses the same name and brand of the previous Miami-based USA trunk carrier that shut down in 1991.

July 2015: "China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) (CHD) Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Eastern Airlines Technic Company, Ltd" by WCARN.com, July 27, 2015.

The largest independent aircraft lessor in China, China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC) (CHD) has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Eastern Airlines (EAL) Technic Company, Ltd ("Eastern Airlines Technic") regarding the maintenance and technical consulting services for (EAL)'s current fleet. Based on a mutual beneficial agreement with complementary advantages, (CALC) and Eastern Airlines Technic will explore and establish a long-term strategic cooperation along the aircraft value chain, with quality services.

Based on the agreement, (EAL) Technic will provide (CALC) with aircraft/engine maintenance services and technical advisory services that facilitate the lessor to meet applicable airworthiness requirements. Other services include on-site emergency support, aircraft maintenance cost analysis, parts solutions and training, etc. The cooperation agreement is valid for three years. The strategic partnership will promote (CALC)'s standards for aircraft asset management, and lay a foundation for the Group's expanding international business as well as for its aircraft dis-assembly center project which is progressing by stages. It will, in turn, further enhance (CALC)'s strategy to become a "full value-chain aircraft solutions provider" to offer one-stop aircraft solutions for domestic and international airlines.

Stronger demand for maintenance and repair services for commercial aircraft is expected due to increasing fleet size and average aircraft age of the major Chinese airlines. Industry forecast shows that the aircraft maintenance industry should peak in 2015. By the end of 2015, the China aviation maintenance market will reach 45 billion yuan with considerable profits. However, this high growth market, in particular the high-end segment, is dominated by foreign capital.

Mr Jerry Duan Senior VP Technical & Asset Management of (CALC) said, "Since our establishment, (CALC) has been pursuing professionalism and specialization, while developing into a full value-chain aircraft solutions provider. Leveraging the core competence of Eastern Airlines Technic in terms of a comprehensive aircraft portfolio and extensive maintenance experiences, the partnership will bring (CALC) better resources and will provide advanced and all-rounded technical support. In return, (CALC) will provide Eastern Airlines Technic with overseas market information, and bridge it with our overseas customers. China Eastern Airlines (CEA) is an important customer which motivated us to create an innovative business model. Our partnership started in 2013, when (CALC) became the 1st company in China to complete a bundled package deal of new aircraft leasing and old aircraft trading. Not only does this maintenance and technical consulting collaboration deepen our cooperation with the China Eastern Airlines Group, but it also adds value to our positioning as a full value-chain aircraft solutions provider; and facilitates the further development of China's aviation industry. We look forward to further cooperation with (CEA) and to creating more win-win models."

Eastern Airline Technic Company Ltd was established in 2014. It was formerly known as Eastern Airlines Engineering Technology Company. Serving domestic and international customers, its main business includes airframe maintenance, line maintenance, affiliated parts repair, engine maintenance, maintenance training, engineering services, business jet maintenance, aircraft parts supply chain, aviation equipment maintenance, and other aviation maintenance services. It also offers aircraft maintenance related consulting, as well as agency and investment services. Eastern Airlines Technic aims to develop from an aircraft maintenance unit under China Eastern Airlines (CEA) to an independent and influential aviation maintenance company in the Asia Pacific with extensive presence in 3 to 5 years.

April 2016: News Item A-1: Eastern Air Lines (EAL) has converted an existing 2014 order with Boeing (TBC) for 10 737-800s, to 10 737 MAX 8s. (EAL), the Floridian charter specialist also holds an additional 10 options for the type.

Founded in 2009, (EAL) currently operates 1 737-700 and 4 737-800s on charter and wet-lease (ACMI) services.

News Item A-2: (STG) Aerospace installed its (LED) mood lighting system, liTeMood, on Eastern Air Lines (EAL)’s Boeing 737NG airplanes. The installation took place during an interior upgrade, using all the existing wiring, mounting points and connectors, making it a true plug-and-play system.

October 2016: "Ed Wegel Out as Eastern Air Lines (CEO)" October 15 "Airways" Issue.

Airline executive Ed Wegel has reportedly left his position as (CEO) of Eastern Air Lines (EAL), <18 months after (EAL)'s 1st flight in May 2015. Appointed as interim (CEO) is (EAL)'s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) James Tolzein.

2016 has been a tumultuous year for senior leadership shakeups in the USA airline industry. Spirit (SPR), Delta (DAL), United (UAL), and American (AAL) have also witnessed significant mangerial changes.

Questions about (EAL)'s business plan could be a factor. While (EAL) has been successful in the sports and charter markets, especially to Cuba (where it serves 6 cities), it is now under pressure as several USA airlines' recent scheduled flights have started.

There have also been rumblings of issues resulting from the many delays of the Mitsubishi MRJ orders.

Ed Wegel has been a popular figure among (EAL)'s employees, as he was the driving force behind (EAL)'s "relaunch" since the dark days of the 2008 - 2009 recession and the (EAL) resurgence began. He succeeded in finally bringing "The Great Blue and Silver Fleet" back to Miami in December 2014. Ed is particularly known and appreciated for his support of Eastern's Veteran's Honor Flights (he had served 5 years as an Army officer in the USA and Europe.

Ed was Director of Finance for the original (EAL) and a Director of Operations for Pan American from 1985 to 1987. (EAL) had planned to be operating scheduled service 12 to 18 months after re-launch with an emphasis on connecting secondary USA markets with those in the Caribbean and Latin America, avoiding direct head on competition with dominant "players" Jetblue (JBL) and American (AAL), but those plans thus far have not materialized.

To date, (EAL) has operated charters to the Caribbean and Latin America, including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, and Haiti. Unfortunately, the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) opted to defer (EAL)'s petition to serve the routes from Miami to Camaguey and Holguin as (EAL)'s current operating authority limits it to providing charter flights only.

(EAL) is not affiliated with the former Eastern Airlines which operated from 1028 to 1991, then as 1 of the largest USA domestic air carriers. This new group was formed to re-launch Eastern as a passenger airline, using 5 737-700/-800s from its base at Miami International Airport (MIA).

(EAL) has orders for 10/10 737 MAX airplanes and 20/20 Mitsubishi MRJ90 aircraft. (EAL)'s headquarters can be found in Building 5A at (MIA) airport, the same building which was used to house the System & Maintenance Control centers of the original "Eastern" airline.

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1 737-700 (CFM56-7B) (CFM56-7B).

3 737-800 (CFM56-7B).

1 737-8AL (CFM56-7B) (2115-35070, /06 N276EA "THE SPIRIT OF CAPTAIN RICKENBACKER"), EX-(5Y-KYB), EX-(KEN), FLY LEASING (BBB) LSD 2014-12. 12C, 150Y.

0 737-8SH (CFM56-7B) (42059, N283EA) RETURNED TO AIR LEASE CORP (ALE), EXPORTED TO BERMUDA.

10/10 ORDERS 737 MAX 8 12C, 150Y:

20/20 ORDERS (2019-02) MITSUBISHI MRJ90 (PW1200G), "EASTERN WHISPERJET." 90 PAX, 2 CLASS:

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COLONEL FRANK BORMAN, WAS FORMER FOUNDING CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

GENERAL RAYMOND ODIERNO, CHAIRMAN.
General Raymond T Odierno culminated his nearly 40 year military career serving as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2011 to 2015. A native of Rockaway, New Jersey, General Odierno attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1976 with a commission in Field Artillery. He commanded at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty around the world. While assigned to US Army Europe, General Odierno served as a battalion executive officer and division artillery executive officer including deployment for Operations "DESERT SHIELD" and "DESERT STORM." He later commanded 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.

JAMES TOLZEIN, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2016-10).
James was previously (EAL)'s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He had joined Sunbelt in April 2007, bringing >35 years of experience in a variety of executive management, operations, and financial roles with mergers and acquisitions, public and private offering, turnaround, and growth company experience.

ED WEGEL, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2014-02), REPLACED (2016-10).
Ed Wegel had >25 years of experience in the airline/aerospace industry and in investment banking and restructuring. From 1985 to 1987, after >5 years of active military service as an armor company commander, he had served as Director of Finance for Legacy Eastern in New York.

JERRY DUAN, SENIOR VP TECHNICAL & ASSET MANAGEMENT.

JOHN FURNEAUX, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS,
John has >40 years of Flight and Airline Flight Department & Operations Control Center leadership experience.

DANIEL STONE, CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER (MAINTENANCE & TECHNICAL SERVICES)
Daniel has >40 years of experience in commercial airline jet airplane maintenance with specific experience on the A320. From 2006 to taking this position, Daniel had worked as a consultant to major airlines around the world, including Delta (DAL).

MS DEB ARAGONA, DIRECTOR IN-FLIGHT.
Deb has >15 years of experience in the airline/aerospace industry and in training. She hails from the legacy (TWA) days as a flight attendant (CA) and instructor.

CAPTAIN ALAN BRANDON, CHIEF PILOT.
Alan has >47 years’ experience in the aviation business, where he began as a crop duster and international ferry pilot (FC) and he has >50 oceanic crossings in single engine airplanes.

TERRY AUSTIN, DIRECTOR, SAFETY & SECURITY
Terry brought >44 years of aerospace industry experience to Eastern (EAL).

TERRY PENTECOST, CHIEF INSPECTOR
Terry has >37 years of experience in military/commercial airline jet airplane maintenance with specific experience. From January 2013 to present, Terry worked as the Director Quality Control for an MD-80 Supplemental Operator. From December 2011 to January 2013, he was the Director Quality Control for the certification of Silver Airways a SAAB 340 operator. From 1997 to 2011 he was with American (AAL), American Eagle and Executive Airlines, holding several positions such as Director Quality, Director of Maintenance, Maintenance Manager, and Quality Control Supervisor for Boeing 757/767, ATR 72 and ERJs.

He also previously served as a line aircraft maintenance technician in the military. Terry graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics in 1997.

 
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