Eastern Airlines Reports $110.6-Million Net Loss

Eastern Airlines announced a $110.6-million loss for the first quarter, blaming the drop on fare wars and uncertainty over a labor crisis.

Eastern, which agreed to be acquired by Houston-based Texas Air Corp. as it faced deadlines from creditors and labor unions in February, suffered its second straight losing quarter after five profitable quarters.

This quarter's losses compared to a profit of $24.3 million in the first quarter of 1985. Revenue in the latest quarter was $1.13 billion, down from $1.2 billion.

"Sharply lower revenue yield per passenger brought about by industrywide fare discounting, and consumer uncertainty over union strike threats, contributed to a disappointing first quarter," Frank Borman, Eastern's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

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