Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pride Air - August, 1985

Here's the inaugural timetable from Pride Air. The route map in the timetable is somewhat misleading - there weren't any nonstop flights from New Orleans to Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, or Sarasota. Rather, they were all one-stop markets as accurately reflected in this newspaper advertisement from Pride.

Here's an account of Pride Air's short-lived existence and another can be found here.

Pride ran out of money in November, 1985, after only three months of operating. This was an update from the Orlando Sentinel in early 1986:
February 14, 1986|By Deanne Brandon

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL. A $30 million finance package from foreign lenders that could have Pride Air flying again by April has been approved by a federal bankruptcy judge. New Orleans-based Pride Air has been grounded since Nov. 15, when it ran out of money. It filed for bankruptcy protection two weeks later, reporting debts totaling $7.6 million. Pride, which at one point in its 3 1/2- month existence served 16 cities from its New Orleans hub, plans to fly from Miami and Orlando to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nev., and by way of New Orleans.

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