Eastern Air Lines

A Summary History of Eastern Air Lines

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, CEO of Eastern 1935-1963

Eastern Air Lines was one of the "Big Four" airlines (along with United, Delta and American that dominated the passenger airline business in the United States for nearly 50 years. It started flying officially as Eastern from 1930 (after its predecessor company was founded in 1927) and operated until 1991, when it ceased operations during the first Gulf War.

The birth of Eastern  is associated with the name of Clement Keys, a former financial editor of The Wall Street Journal, who was an untiring promoter of multimillion-dollar aviation corporations in the 1920s ...

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