The New Airline Bringing Thousands of Americans Home
When Eastern Airlines returned to the skies in January, the newly revived brand didn’t know that a global pandemic would soon halt nearly all air travel around the world. Yet while COVID-19 has grounded most flights from major airlines, Eastern has found a way to keep busy, working in partnership with the State Department to help bring stranded U.S. citizens home from Central and South America.
For those who remember, the name Eastern Air Lines (formerly spelled as such) sparks memories of the golden age of air travel. A prominent player for most of the 20th century, the Miami-based airline hit its peak in the 1950s before bankruptcy grounded its fleet in 1991. An initial attempt to relaunch, in 2015, was short-lived, but in January, Eastern returned with a flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to New York City, along with a whole new look for the 21st century. The airline planned to introduce its next flight, from New Yor.... Continue Reading at Outside Online