Business: Now, the Poor Man's Jumbo Jet

Eastern Air Lines tests the European model

South Florida's Everglades Jetport is a fancy name for a concrete runway in the middle of nowhere. For the past few weeks 70 Eastern Air Lines pilots have been shooting practice landings there to familiarize themselves with the A300 Airbus, a twin-engine, European-made wide-bodied jet. Eastern plans to introduce four of the 229-passenger, 600 m.p.h. planes for a six-month trial on its prime New York-Florida routes in time for the Christmas rush. If all goes well, says President Frank Borman, Eastern may buy as many as 50 Airbuses at $25 million each to replace aging...

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