Eastern Air Lines

1926–1991 American airline

Eastern Air Lines was one of the largest airlines of the United States. It was founded by Eddie Rickenbacker in 1929. It stopped flying in 1991. Eastern was one of the Big Four airlines of the USA, along with American Airlines, United Airlines and TWA.

Eastern Air Lines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedApril 19, 1926 (as Pitcairn Aviation)
Ceased operationsJanuary 17, 1991
HubsMiami International Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programOnePass
SubsidiariesEastern Air Lines Shuttle
Parent companyTexas Air Corporation
HeadquartersNew York City Miami-Dade County

In 2015, Eastern relaunched flights. [1] The company merged with Swift Air in 2017 stating that, "the transaction is not a purchase of one certificate or merger of two certificates[2]." Eastern's last flight was in September of 2017. Swift completed its asset purchase and all remaining Eastern aircraft were transferred to the Swift certificate. In September 2017 Eastern surrendered its certificate to the FAA. The Eastern name will be transferred to Dynamic International Airways, an airline co-owned by Swift ownership.[3]


  1. "They're back! 'New' Eastern Air Lines makes first revenue flight". USA TODAY.
  2. "The Eastern Air Lines Rebirth Dream Comes To An End". Airways Magazine. November 23, 2017. Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  3. "Dynamic Int'l Airways to rebrand as Eastern Air Lines". ch-aviation. March 14, 2018.

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