Eastern Air Lines

Author: David Lee Russell
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786471850
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Transportation

Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 when aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn started the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation. Clement Keys of National Air Transport bought the company in 1929, changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round trips between New York and Richmond. The growing airline was purchased by General Motors and became Eastern Air Lines in 1934. World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline four years later and led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989 and ended service in less than two years. This detailed history follows Eastern from start to finish, studying such corporate decision-making as aircraft purchases and route expansions, as well as the personalities that shaped the airline throughout its history.

AIR CRASH INVESTIGATIONS GHOSTS The Crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 401

Author: Pete Collins, Editor
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781300363286
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: History

On December 29, 1972 an Eastern Air Lines' Lockheed L-1011, as Flight 401 on its way from John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, to Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, crashed at 2342 eastern standard time in the Everglades, approximately 18 miles west northwest of Miami International Airport. The aircraft was destroyed. There were 163 passengers and a crew of 13 aboard the aircraft, 99 people died in the crash. The flight was diverted because of problems with the nose landing gear The aircraft climbed to 2,000 feet while the crew attempted to correct the problem. Surviving passengers and crewmembers stated that the flight was routine and operated normally before impact with the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident, was preoccupation with a malfunction of the nose landing gear position indicating system distracted the crew's attention from the instruments and allowed the descent to go unnoticed.

Maintenance at Eastern Airlines

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee
ISBN: STANFORD:36105019606008
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Aeronautics


Author: Aaron Bernstein
Publisher: Beard Books
ISBN: 1893122131
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The inside account of how Frank Lorenzo took over a sputtering Airlines and flew it into the ground. With access to the major players -- the guarded Lorenzo and his inner circle, former Eastern Airlines president Frank Borman, Peter Ueberroth, and union boss Charlie Bryan -- author Aaron Bernstein explains how Lorenzo brought a corporate raider's mentality to running a business, and how its failure marked a watershed in the 1980s "Age of Greed".

The Eastern Airlines strike

Author: Ernie Mailhot
Publisher: Pathfinder Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015024776729
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Business & Economics

The story of the 686-day strike in which a rank-and-file resistance by Machinists prevented Eastern's union-busting onslaught from becoming the road to a profitable nonunion airline.

Final Destination Disaster

Author: George Jehn
Publisher: Changing Lives Press/Never Sink Books
ISBN: 0989452964
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: History

Final Destination: Disaster is a book that will open the eyes of many about the inner working of those that are running the show at the very top level of any corporation. Former Astronaut Frank Borman was the CEO at Eastern Airlines when the demise was destined to happen. You have greed at the center ruling the decisions that are made with or without the concensus of the Union. You also have implications that point right up to the Reagan administration that intertwines with the Iran-Contra affair. This journey will take you to how the crash of Eastern Airline Flight 980 lead to the downward spiral that needed to be kept out of the public eye. All of this plus more are in the pages of this unbelievable read.