As business begins to stir across the globe, the commercial passenger airline industry is on course to take off again – and PrimeAir stands ready to assist.
Eastern Airlines made its comeback in January just prior to the drop in passenger service worldwide due to COVID-19. Now back to flying B767 Extended Range widebodies between Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín de Olmedo (GYE) and New York’s JFK, Eastern knew they could depend on PrimeAir to be there – and to hit the ground running.
Back on board
The re-start of service certainly comes as a big relief for the region’s perishables industry. With the boost this move represents in available air-cargo capacity, shippers in Ecuador can get back on board with fast and efficient delivery of goods to the U.S.
When the pandemic began, passenger carriers – and the crucial belly capacity they provide – dropped out of the market. This left remaining worldwide freighter capacity to be used primarily to transport PPE and other medical equipment.
Now as travel restrictions begin to ease, Eastern saw the time was right to reintroduce service by deploying its scheduled B767-ER in the market starting June 18 – coupled with PrimeAir’s logistics expertise services on the ground.
As Eastern’s designated GSA, PrimeAir is closely supervising the action on the ground in Guayaquil, filling the wide-body bellies of their once-weekly PF flights.
“We were here for Eastern when they first launched into Guayaquil, and so we are so extremely gratified to be working with them again,” says Prime Group CEO Roger Paredes. “Due to the fact that we also have a significant presence in New York, it was only natural that they selected PrimeAir from the start.”
Back in the day
During its heyday, Eastern Air Lines was one of the original ”big four” domestic U.S. carriers, before folding in 1991. But in January 2020, the latest iteration returned by flying Boeing 767s in the Ecuadoran market, as well as between JFK and Georgetown, Guyana (GEO).
Today’s Eastern Airlines, an entirely different company than the Eastern Air Lines of old, was born out of a charter company called Dynamic Airways based in Wayne, Pa.
PrimeAir is one of four Prime Group companies that include Prime Logistics, Prime Fresh Handling, and Prime Fresh Products – all of which operate throughout the U.S., Ecuador, Europe, and beyond.