Eastern Airlines, LLC
Eastern Airlines, LLC, previously Dynamic International Airways, is a U.S. Certificated airline founded in 2010. The airline operates Boeing 767-200ERs and Boeing 767-300ERs. It began as Dynamic Airways, the company added "International" to its name to reflect its transition from a charter airline into scheduled international services. Under the Dynamic name, Dynamic was headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, offering service from New York to South America. It used to operate from Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to the Caribbean, Cancun, and South America.
|Founded||2010 (as Dynamic Airways)|
|Operating bases||New York-JFK|
|Key people||Steve Harfst (president and CEO)|
Following a successful bankruptcy restructuring in 2018, in April 2018, Dynamic International Airways obtained a license to use the Eastern intellectual property from Swift Air, and the leases of two aircraft from the 2015 Eastern Air Lines startup. Dynamic was rebranded as Eastern Airlines.
In the spring of 2019, it was announced that Eastern would move its offices to Wayne, Pennsylvania in September.
Dynamic Airways was established by Dynamic Aviation in 2010, its first aircraft being a second-hand McDonnell Douglas MD-88 delivered a year before operations started in 2009. This was quickly followed by the acquisition of another MD-80 a year later, just before the airline officially started operations in early October, 2010 after receiving its Air Operator's Certificate.
Not long after the purchase of the second McDonnell Douglas aircraft, Dynamic announced a three-year partnership flying for Hoda Air Services in South Korea. The deal, which included a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 supported by a full crew, was the airline's first in Asia. The airline continued to expand when its first 767 entered service and the second was delivered, which was according to the airline available for 'ACMI wet lease, full charter and corporate shuttle programs for private and government organisations'.
In March 2012, Direct Air temporarily suspended its operations and cancelled all charter flights, Direct Air subsequently filing for bankruptcy. It ceased operations completely shortly after, having been found to have racked up millions in debts. The MD-88 was returned to Dynamic as a result. The third Boeing 767 was delivered to Dynamic on March 6. This 767 entered operations in early 2013.
Dynamic operated a successful wet lease ACMI for an airline operation called EZjet. The wet lease operated regular flights from New York (JFK) to Georgetown Guyana (GEO) utilizing a B767-200 aircraft tail number N767DA. This operation ceased in 2012, prompting Dynamic's move into regularly-scheduled services, starting with the resurrection of the New York to Georgetown route in June 2014, competing with Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica Airways on that route, the latter two flying the route as a fifth-freedom service.
In 2015, Dynamic has also added services from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL), flying to both Caracas (CCS) and Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (GIG), although the latter service has since been terminated.
In 2016, Dynamic added new routes from New York (JFK) to the Caribbean and Latin America, commencing service to Caracas (filling a void left after American Airlines canceled that same route) Cancún (CUN), and Punta Cana (PUJ), and entered both the Chicago and Los Angeles markets, with service from Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) to both Punta Cana and Cancun, and from Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun and San Juan (SJU), although the latter was later withdrawn prior to launch. By August 2016, however, all of the new routes except for the New York to Caracas route had been cancelled, as well as the Fort Lauderdale to Caracas service. Soon after those cancellations, Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet began operating some of the canceled routes to and from Cancun.
After summer 2017, Dynamic withdrew from scheduled services and re-focused as an ACMI operator.
Dynamic and its affiliated airline Swift Air went bankrupt.
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Dynamic exited bankruptcy and with the rights held by Swift Air renamed itself as Eastern Airline, LLC in 2018. Company is adopting plans similar the prior Eastern Air Lines Group. The company's viability is based on its route selection, mostly secondary locations in South America and China. While under-served there may not be enough demand to be profitable. The company applied for four non-stop routes, three international, from its proposed JFK New York hub. Eastern assembled a fleet of eight Boeing 767-200/300 planes and used them to furnish charter services in North American and Europe. With the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, Eastern proved charters for Sunwing Airlines.
On September 1, 2019, the company's new Systems Operations Control center in Wayne, Pennsylvania was occupied. In September 2019, Eastern joined the British Civil Aviation Authority in the largest ever peacetime repatriation of British citizens after the collapse of Thomas Cook Airlines, operating flights to bring home stranded holidaymakers currently overseas back to the UK.
On January 12, 2020, Eastern Airlines completed its inaugural flight to New York from Guayaquil, Ecuador. By May 2020, Eastern planned to purchase several Boeing 767 and 777s, with at least five used 777-200s.
Until 2017, Dynamic Airways was owned as follows
- Kenneth M. Woolley (50%) - founder and chief information officer (and former CEO) of Extra Space Storage. Woolley also co-owns Swift Air, another Part 121 carrier, in association with Swift Transportation, and is the owner of KMW Leasing, an aircraft leasing firm.
- Paul Kraus (50%) - owner of Jet Midwest Group, an aircraft leasing firm
After a successful bankruptcy restructuring in 2017, Dynamic Airways is now fully owned by Woolley.
As of November 2020, Eastern Airlines flies to the following destinations:
As of November 2020, the Eastern Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:
|Boeing 777-200ER||3||TBA||All 3 Stored|
As Dynamic Airways, the airline formerly operated the following aircraft:
|Boeing 767-200ER/BDSF||1||2014||2014||Disposed to 21 Air|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-88||2||2010||2012|
Accidents and IncidentsEdit
- Dynamic Airways Flight 405: On October 29, 2015, a Dynamic Boeing 767-269ER registered N251MY was taxiing to a runway at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) en route to Caracas, Venezuela when a nearby aircraft notified the tower that its number one engine was on fire. The airplane was immediately stopped and fire crews were dispatched to the scene. All 101 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft. 17 passengers and 5 crew members were reported as sustaining injuries. All runways were shut down and air operations were suspended at the airport.
- On July 15, 2020, An Eastern Boeing 767-300ER registered N706KW, from New York to Guyana ran off the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport upon landing, after it vacated Runway 24. Almost immediately after turning onto Taxiway Charlie, the aircraft’s right main landing gear exited the pavement and became stuck in the grass. All 201 passengers and 10 crew members were safely evacuated from the aircraft with no injuries.
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