Eastern Air Lines Orders 20 Boeing Next Generation 737s

By Paul Riegler on 15 May 2014
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DSC_0242Eastern Air Lines Group, the company that is planning to revive Eastern Air Lines, announced that it has placed an order for ten Boeing 737-800 aircraft, a short- to medium-range narrow-body jet.  It also said it secured purchase rights for ten Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, an aircraft that is being developed as a successor to the third-generation 737.  It is expected to launch in 2017, 50 years after the first 737 took flight.

Eastern, which operated from 1926 to 1991, was a major U.S. airline. After its liquidation, American Airlines acquired many of its routes linking Miami to Latin America and the Caribbean, while Delta Air Lines acquired a number of planes from its Lockheed L-1011 fleet.

Eastern was also the launch customer for the Boeing 727 and 757.

The 737-800 can seat 162 passengers in a two-class configuration, or 189 in one class, and competes with the Airbus A320.

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