DOT Revokes Eastern Airlines Certificate

Message to airline geeks: there are no consumers pining away for the return of past “iconic” airlines.

Latest example: Eastern, with its assets now subsumed into another carrier, is a name officially once again gone. The DOT has cancelled its operating authority.

Lamentations at employee reunions notwithstanding, the logos and past market identity of dead airlines don’t confer any market advantage to a start-up airline.

Sometimes just the opposite.