HISTORY: EASTERN AIR LINES was a major American airline from 1926 to 1991. Was a composite of assorted air travel corporations, including Florida Airways and Pitcairn Aviation. In 1929, Clement Keys, the owner of North American Aviation, purchased Pitcairn. In 1930, Keys changed the company's name to Eastern Air Transport. After being purchased by General Motors and experiencing a change in leadership after the Airmail Act of 1934, the airline became known as Eastern Air Lines. In 1956 Eastern bought Colonial Airlines, giving the airline its first routes to Canada. The airline stopped flying at midnight Saturday, January 19, 1991.
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