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Eastern Air Lines Group takes step to re-launch airline

By Adina Solomon on January 29, 2014

Eastern Air Lines Group filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Eastern Air Lines Group was formed to re-launch Eastern Air Lines as a passenger airline using the A320 from its main base of operations at Miami International Airport. Eastern Air Lines Group is not affiliated with the former Eastern Air Lines, which operated from 1928 to 1991 as one of the largest U.S. domestic carriers. 

Eastern plans on commencing its Part 121 certification with the Federal Aviation Administration shortly and has retained legal counsel and consultants for this purpose.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to launch an airline bearing the iconic Eastern Air Lines name,” Eastern’s President and CEO Edward Wegel said. “We have recruited a world-class board of directors and a highly-experienced management team to guide and lead this effort.”

A spokesperson tells Air Cargo World that cargo is not a focus for Eastern. 1848 Capital funded the development, and the company has a “diverse group of high net worth investors.”