Eastern Airlines
Eastern Airlines logo new.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2D EAL EASTERN
Founded2010 (as Dynamic Airways)
AOC #2DYA074Q[1]
HubsMiami International Airport
Focus citiesJohn F. Kennedy International Airport
SubsidiariesEastern Air Cargo
Fleet size14[2]
HeadquartersWayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Key peopleSteve Harfst (President & CEO)
Websiteiflyea.com

Eastern Airlines, LLC is an American airline founded in 2010. Eastern operates Boeing 767s and Boeing 777s. It began as Dynamic Airways and later added "International" to its name to reflect its transition from a charter airline into scheduled international services. Under the Dynamic name, the airline was headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, offering service from New York to South America. It used to operate from Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to the Caribbean, Cancún, and South America.

Following a successful bankruptcy restructuring in April 2018, Dynamic International Airways obtained a license to use the Eastern intellectual property from Swift Air, and the leases of two aircraft from the 2015 Eastern Air Lines startup. Dynamic was rebranded as Eastern Airlines.

History

Dynamic Airways

Dynamic Airways' former logo
Dynamic Airways' former logo
A Dynamic Airways Boeing 767-300ER at JFK Airport Terminal 1, in the former livery, registered N740JM
A Dynamic Airways Boeing 767-300ER at JFK Airport Terminal 1, in the former livery, registered N740JM

Dynamic Airways was established by Dynamic Aviation in 2010, its first aircraft being a second-hand McDonnell Douglas MD-88 delivered a year before operations started in 2009.[3] The airline officially started operations in early October 2010 after receiving its air operator's certificate.[4]

On November 2010, the airline started to operate for Direct Air. The company's first aircraft was re-painted in livery and leased to Direct Air.[5]

As the airline approached its second year of operations, the first Boeing 767-200 was delivered to the airline, followed by the approval for another MD-88 to take to the skies.[citation needed]

Not long after the purchase of the second MD-88, Dynamic announced a three-year partnership flying for Hoda Air Services in South Korea. The deal, which included a MD-88 supported by a full crew, was the airline's first in Asia. The airline continued to expand when its first 767 entered service and the second was delivered, which was, according to the airline, available for ACMI wet lease, full charter and corporate shuttle programs for private and government organisations'.[6]

In March 2012, Direct Air temporarily suspended its operations and cancelled all charter flights, subsequently filing for bankruptcy. It ceased operations completely shortly after, having been found to have racked up millions in debts. The MD-88 was returned to Dynamic as a result. The third 767 was delivered to Dynamic on March 6.[7] This 767 entered operations in early 2013.[citation needed]

Dynamic operated a successful wet lease ACMI for an airline operation called EZjet. The wet lease operated regular flights from New York City to Georgetown utilizing a 767-200. This operation ceased in 2012, prompting Dynamic's move into regularly-scheduled services, starting with the resurrection of the New York to Georgetown route in June 2014, competing with Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica Airways on that route, the latter two flying the route as a fifth-freedom service.[8]

In 2015, Dynamic also added services from Fort Lauderdale, flying to both Caracas and Rio de Janeiro[citation needed]. In 2016, Dynamic added new routes from New York to the Caribbean and Latin America, commencing service to Caracas (filling a void left after American Airlines canceled that same route) Cancún, and Punta Cana, and entered both the Chicago and Los Angeles markets, with service from Chicago to both Punta Cana and Cancún, and from Los Angeles to Cancún and San Juan, although the latter was later withdrawn prior to launch. By August 2016, however, all of the new routes except for the New York to Caracas route had been cancelled, as well as the Fort Lauderdale to Caracas service. Soon after those cancellations, Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet began operating some of the canceled routes to and from Cancún.

After summer of 2017, Dynamic withdrew from scheduled services and re-focused as an ACMI operator. In November 2017, Dynamic and its affiliated airline Swift Air went bankrupt.[9]

Eastern Airlines

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Dynamic exited bankruptcy, and with the rights held by Swift Air, renamed itself as Eastern Airlines in April 2018. The company adopted plans similar to the prior Eastern Air Lines Group. The airline's viability was to be based on route selection, mostly secondary locations in South America and China. But while the destinations were under-served, there may not have been enough demand to be profitable. The company applied for four non-stop routes, three of them international, from its proposed JFK New York hub. It assembled a fleet of eight Boeing 767s and used them to furnish charter services in North American and Europe. With the Boeing 737 MAX groundings, Eastern provided charters for Sunwing Airlines.[9]

On September 1, 2019, the company moved into its new Systems Operations Control center in Wayne, Pennsylvania.[10][9] At the end of the month, Eastern joined the British Civil Aviation Authority in the largest-ever peacetime repatriation of British citizens after the collapse of Thomas Cook Airlines, operating flights to bring stranded overseas holidaymakers back to the UK.[11]

On January 12, 2020, Eastern Airlines completed its inaugural flight to New York from Guayaquil, Ecuador.[12] By May 2020, Eastern planned to purchase several Boeing 767s, with at least five used 777-200s.[9][13] On September 1, 2021, Eastern Airlines announced that the creation of a new cargo subsidiary name Eastern Air Cargo and the addition of 35 Boeing 777 preighters to their fleet.[14][15][16][17]

Ownership

Until 2017, Dynamic Airways was owned as follows,[18]

  1. Kenneth M. Woolley (50%) - founder and chief information officer (and former CEO) of Extra Space Storage. Woolley also co-owns Swift Air, another Part 121 carrier, in association with Swift Transportation, and is the owner of KMW Leasing, an aircraft leasing firm.
  2. Paul Kraus (50%) - owner of Jet Midwest Group, an aircraft leasing firm.

After a successful bankruptcy restructuring in 2017, Dynamic Airways is now owned by Woolley (30%) and Olga Alauof (70%).

Destinations

The same aircraft as above in a bare Eastern livery, now registered N703KW, also at JFK Airport, taxiing out for departure on Runway 4L
The same aircraft as above in a bare Eastern livery, now registered N703KW, also at JFK Airport, taxiing out for departure on Runway 4L

As of July 2022, Eastern Airlines flies to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Notes Refs
 Brazil Belo Horizonte Belo Horizonte International Airport Launch date TBA
 Ecuador Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Terminated
 Guyana Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport Terminated [19]
 Nicaragua Managua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport Terminated
 Paraguay Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport Terminated
 United States Boston Logan International Airport Terminated
Miami Miami International Airport Hub
Suspended
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport Focus city
Suspended
 Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport Terminated [20]

Fleet

Current fleet

An Eastern Airlines Boeing 767-200ER in a hybrid Eastern/Swift Air livery, arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2019
An Eastern Airlines Boeing 767-200ER in a hybrid Eastern/Swift Air livery, arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2019

As of May 2022, the Eastern Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[2]

Eastern Airlines fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 767-200 3 218 World's last passenger airline to operate the type.[21]
Boeing 767-200ER 1 218
Boeing 767-300ER 5 244 One leased from the New England Patriots.
Boeing 777-200ER 3 TBA All Parked.
Boeing 777-300ER 2 TBA [22]
Eastern Air Cargo fleet
Boeing 777-200/P2F 10 Cargo
Boeing 777-200ER/P2F 17 Cargo
Boeing 777-300/P2F 6 Cargo
Total 14 33

Former fleet

As Dynamic Airways, the airline formerly operated the following aircraft:

Eastern Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 767-200ER/BDSF 2 2014 2016 Operated for 21 Air
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 2 2010 2012

Accidents and incidents

See also

References

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  3. ^ "New Charter Airline Dynamic Airways Launches with MD-88". Sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Dynamic Airways to start operations in early November". World Airline News. October 27, 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Direct Air Will Use MD-88 For Lakeland Service". The Ledger. June 15, 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
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  10. ^ "Triad Charter Airline Service Moving Headquarters to Pennsylvania, Cutting 50 Jobs". WFMY. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  11. ^ "Thomas Cook has ceased trading | UK Civil Aviation Authority".
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  13. ^ "Eastern Airlines Acquires Five Used Boeing 777s". onemileatatime.com. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  14. ^ "Wow: Eastern Airlines Secures 35 Boeing 777s for Freighter Use". September 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Eric Kulisch. "Eastern Airlines enters air cargo market with 'freighter-light' model". Flyingmag.com. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "Eastern Airlines orders 35 Boeing 777 conversions and dives into the cargo market". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
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  18. ^ Dynamic Airways application for scheduled service, May 12, 2014
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  20. ^ "Eastern Airlines cancels flights between Miami and Montevideo". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  21. ^ James Pearson. "One Of The Rarest Types: Who Is Still Flying The Boeing 767-200?". Simpleflying.com. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  22. ^ "US's Eastern Airlines takes first B777-300(ER)". Ch-Aviation. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  23. ^ "BSO: 24 hurt after plane catches fire at FLL". wsvn.com. 29 October 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
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  25. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  26. ^ "Eastern Airlines B767 Skids Off Taxiway in Guyana". Samchui.com. 20 July 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2020.