4/30/1981: PEOPLExpress Commences Operations

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, American low-cost carrier PEOPLExpress (PE) began service in 1981 with a Boeing 737 flight from Newark to Buffalo, Columbus, and Norfolk.

People Express Airlines, also known as PEOPLExpress, operated until 1987 when it was absorbed by Continental Airlines. The airline’s headquarters were located in Newark International Airport (EWR) in Newark, New Jersey.

Don Burr and many others formed the company after resigning from Frank Lorenzo’s Texas International to do so. Inspired by Freddie Laker, who had gained international attention in the 1970s with forays into low-cost travel in Europe, the group decided to lease space at EWR’s read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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