Eastern Air Lines has been issued its air carrier operating certificate (AOC) by the FAA, resurrecting an iconic brand within the US aviation sector.
The original Eastern Air Lines, which is not affiliated with the new airline, operated from 1930 until 1991 and was the first carrier to fly the 727 and the 757.
The relaunch of the brand began in late 2011 when a group of airline managers acquired the intellectual property of Eastern Air Lines.
The carrier is set to launch operations with 737 aircraft, first as a charter carrier before expanding to offer a scheduled service.
During 2014, Eastern signed firm orders for 10 737NG, with options for 10 MAX 8 aircraft, and for 20 MRJ regional jets, with options for a further 20.
In confirming receipt of its AOC yesterday (May 13), Eastern also stated that it had “recently concluded deals for additional 737-800s”.