Eastern Airlines to Offer Non-Stop Flights to Ecuador and Guyana

By Paul Riegler on 6 January 2020
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The storied name of Eastern Air Lines, a major U.S. carrier from 1926 to 1991, may once again take to the skies, this time as Eastern Airlines.

While the name is familiar, the new Eastern has no connection to the original other than the name, which was acquired by a new company, Eastern Air Lines Group, in the early 2010s. The airline operated charters from Miami and was sold to Swift Air in 2017, which in turn licensed the name to Dynamic International Airways.

The new Eastern plans launch twice-weekly flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and twice-weekly flights between JFK and Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown, Guyana. Both flights will operate using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

The new airline bears little resemblance to the original Eastern, which was the official airline of Walt Disney World, and which was the launch customer for the Boeing 757 and the first U.S. carrier to operate the Airbus A300.  It also invented the airline shuttle when it launched the Eastern Air Lines Shuttle in 1961, offering service linking New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Washington National and Boston Logan every two days using 95-seat Lockheed Constellation 1049s and 1049Cs.  The service later became hourly.  The shuttle was sold to Donald Trump in 1988 and became the Trump Shuttle. It became the USAir Shuttle in 1992 and today operates as the American Airlines Shuttle.

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