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EASTERN PLANS RETURN. Eastern Air Lines Group Inc. is continuing with its plans to relaunch the Eastern Air Lines brand in the Caribbean, with charter flights to various destinations including Puerto Rico, reports Caribbean Business (July 17, 2014). Eastern plans to restart operations by the end of 2015 from its main base at Miami Intl Airport, and is undergoing Federal Aviation Admin. certification and U.S. Dept of Transportation reviews, said Edward Wegel, Eastern's Group's president. It will start as a charter operator in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America regions, but plans to transition to scheduled service, according to a Wall Street Journal report. In May, it placed orders with the Boeing Co. for 10 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft and 10 Boeing MAX 8 aircraft. In late June, it said it was hiring pilots, with an initial group of 10 captains, followed by hires of 25 to 30 pilots. Eastern also placed a tentative order for up to 40 Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. regional jets, signing a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough Air Show in England.

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Title Annotation:THE REGION; Eastern Air Lines Group Inc relaunchs charter flights
Publication:Caribbean Update
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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