Continental now considers Delta its biggest rival

Continental Airlines’ (Houston) strength in Latin America and Asia, and its New York-area hub, pose a “big threat” to its larger rival and former alliance partner Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) according to CEO Jeff Smisek and this Reuters report.

Continental, the world’s fifth-largest airline, was part of Delta’s SkyTeam alliance until last October, when it quit the airline network following Delta’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul), which formed the world’s largest carrier.

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