|Commenced operations||August 1, 1985|
|Ceased operations||November 15, 1985|
|Operating bases||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|
|Fleet size||See Fleet below|
|Destinations||See Destinations below|
|Headquarters||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Key people||Paul Eckel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) Fred Gardner|
Pride Air was managed by several people who participated in an unsuccessful attempt to acquire Continental Airlines. Many of the investors were former Continental pilots who left the airline after Continental's first bankruptcy. They chose New Orleans (MSY) as a hub because there was no one dominant airline operating from the airport at that time. Pride Air management had previously considered Kansas City as possible hub but then reconsidered when Eastern Airlines began building up their service at Kansas City.
Operations began on August 1, 1985. Pride Air did not initially offer service as a low-cost carrier and was instead structured more as a full service airline. However, due to increased competition from Continental Airlines in the New Orleans market in tandem with low initial passenger loads, Pride Air suspended operations on November 15, 1985, only three months after it began flying. The business plan for the airline centered on a hub operation in New Orleans which would link cities in California and Florida. Northeastern International Airlines had also previously tried this approach in New Orleans.
Paul Eckel was the chairman and chief executive of Pride Air.