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Eastern Air Lines returns to Miami

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Eastern Airlines was the big airline in Miami, employing thousands of residents who lived all over the county and up into Broward. The old Eastern went out of business in 1991.

Eastern Air Lines Group said Tuesday that it had taken an initial step to launching a new airline in Miami, using the Eastern iconic name and logo. Although the new company is careful to point out that it is “not affiliated with the former Eastern Air Lines.”

Eastern Air Lines Group acquired Eastern’s intellectual property several years ago with plans to launch the airline again. Last week the company applied to the United States Department of Transportation for a certificate of public convenience and necessity and plans to start its required certification with the Federal Aviation Administration. The new Eastern plans to fly charter flights for various Tour Operators in South Florida.

The new company moved into the same building that was home to the former Eastern Operations Center from 1965 to 1991. "The Eastern Airlines name was synonymous with MIA and the Miami community for more than 70 years," Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González said in a statement. "So it's certainly exciting to see that this local icon is making a comeback."

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