Name of new airline is familiar: Eastern
An airline with a familiar name is looking to fly out of South Florida again.
Eastern Air Lines Group announced Tuesday that it has taken the first step to launch a new airline in Miami.
The Miami Herald reports the company has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a certificate of public convenience and necessity. Soon it plans to start its required certification with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Eastern Airlines had headquarters in Miami until 1991, when it went out of business.
The new company is careful to point out that it is not affiliated with the former Eastern. But it bears the branding of the defunct company because it acquired Eastern's intellectual property several years ago.
A spokeswoman said the plan is to launch later this year after approvals are granted. She said the airline will initially fly charter service for tour operators.