Eastern Air Lines (2009) (EAL, Miami Int'l) will take delivery of its first aircraft, a B737-800, in early December. On lease, the jet will be registered N276EA and according to World Airline News, will be named the “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker” after the founder of its predecessor, Eastern Air Lines (1926) (EA, New York JFK).

The carrier is currently undergoing certification with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In May, the start-up signed an initial order and placed deposits with Boeing (BOE, Washington National) for ten firm B737-800s and purchase rights for ten B737 MAX 8 aircraft. It recently also firmed an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAJ, Nagoya Chubu) for twenty M90s with purchase rights to an additional twenty airframes.