Eastern Airlines 737 Nearly Ready, But Federal Review Could Delay Start Of Service

Eastern Air Lines is scheduled to take delivery of their first Boeing 737 at Miami International Airport in early December, but the company’s first charter flights are likely to be delayed by the DOT.

After a three month review of information submitted by Eastern in July, federal officials are now seeking additional details about the company. In a letter sent to the airline last week, U.S. Department of Transportation officials asked Eastern to clarify certain information about ownership, management, and the financial position of the company.

Eastern has 30 days to respond to the requests, during which time the DOT review of the request for permission to engage in charter service will be suspended.

By law, at least 75% of each U.S. airline must be owned by American citizens, and new airlines are subject to stringent review for compliance.

Previously: Boeing Confirms Eastern Air Lines Order, But Feds Want Answers