Anyone who knows me knows that I love three-holers, that is to say I love the Boeing 727, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 and of course the Lockheed L-1011. As a native New Yorker, growing up next to JFK International Airport and a few miles from LaGuardia Airport, I grew up not only watching three-holers of every variety fly bye, but I also flying the “shuttle” carriers from LaGuardia, which leads to a trivial piece of marketing that has always driven me nuts.
When the Trump Shuttle took over the Eastern Air Lines Shuttle, on the 23rd of June 1989, flying the hourly service between LaGuardia and Boston’s Logan International Airport and Washington’s National Airport, the airline assumed a fleet of former Eastern Boeing 727-200 aircraft.
Through the Trump Shuttle’s short lived existence, battling the Pan Am Shuttle, before becoming the USAir Shuttle on the 12th of April 1992, the airline only flew Boeing 727s (as did the Pan Am Shuttle) … so why is it the Trump Shuttle baggage identification tags depicted a Lockheed L-1011, in what appears to be an Eastern Air Lines livery?
Sure there are bigger things in this world to contemplate, especially given that Eastern Air Lines is gone, the Trump Shuttle was barely alive even while it was in existence, the USAIr Shuttle is now a regular US Airways flight, Pan Am is gone (their Shuttle is now operated as the Delta Air Lines Shuttle) and no passenger airlines in North America fly either the 727 or L-1011 any longer … but this has always niggled at me.
Is there an answer to this question? Probably not but I figured I’d share this with you all anyway.
Below is a photo of a Trump Shuttle baggage identification tag, with the L-1011 image on it, as well an image of a Trump Shuttle safety card and a photo post card that used to be available on board Trump Shuttle Flights.
Trump Shuttle Baggage Identification Tag
Trump Shuttle Boeing 727-200 Safety Card
Trump Shuttle Boeing 727 Post Card