Pride Air

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IATA ICAO Callsign
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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 a United States airline that operated for three months during 1985. Pride Air was based out of New Orleans International Airport.



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. [1]




  1. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line (June 25, 1985). "Pride Air Begins Flights on Aug. 1". New York Times. 

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