Background: The Airline Deregulation Act took effect of December 1, 1978. The main purpose of the Act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. This Act changed the face of civil aviation in the US. Air Mail would continue to be carried by Air Carriers but the old system of CAM and FAM routes would evolve into Air Mail flown by individual US airlines to both domestic and foreign destinations.
New York Air was a 1980s startup airline owned by Texas Air Corporation and based at LaGuardia Airport NY. It focused on Northeast corridor markets and service to upstate New York and Ohio. It operated 34 aircraft painted in a red colour scheme with an apple on the aircraft tail evoking New York's nickname "The Big Apple." It was well known for its onboard bagged snacks, "The Flying Nosh."
McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Tampa FL-Newark NJ
New York Air
New York Air employed over 2000 people before it was acquired by Continental Airlines in 1986 and integrated into their network in 1987.