We flew our first passengers in 1989, as the Dulles-based partner to United Airlines and, starting in 2000, for Delta Air Lines as well. We operated under the name Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA).
In December 2002, United went into bankruptcy and tried to force us to change the way we had done business in the past, by offering all of its partners a significantly inferior contract. Some accepted the risks of continuing with a bankrupt major airline. But we had a better plan.
For many years we had been kicking around the idea of some day declaring our independence and starting our own low-fare airline � to try to "right the wrongs" we had seen in our industry for so long. An airline that people would really love to fly. The more we talked about it, the more we realized that going out on our own was the smartest thing to do.
On November 19, 2003, Independence Air was born. Dedicated to creating a low-fare airline that makes air travel easier for customers, we live by six values representing both Independence Air and the individual employees behind it: