An Eastern Airlines jet landing at Miami Airport in 1976. Eastern Airlines went out of business in 1991, but a new group is looking to bring back its name for a new Miami-based airline. Photo courtesy RuthAS via Wikipedia.
MIAMI, Florida (AP) - 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 launching a new airline in Miami.
The Miami Herald reports the company has applied to the United States Department of Transportation for a certificate of public convenience and necessity. It plans soon 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 points out it's not affiliated with the former Eastern.
Spokeswoman Maria Schnabel says the plan is to launch later this year after approvals are granted.
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