United Airlines to retain Economy Plus, will add to Continental aircraft

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that it will retain United’s Economy Plus® seating on United flights and expand the option to Continental aircraft beginning in 2012.

United offers Economy Plus on all 359 mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger regional jets operated by United Express® carriers. When the multi-year conversion process is complete, the company plans to offer Economy Plus on more than 700 mainline aircraft, including all Continental mainline aircraft, as well as larger regional aircraft. When fully deployed, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats, providing more than 122,000 Economy Plus seats each day.

In other news, Continental Airlines inaugurated today (February 18) nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (PLS).  Initially the flights will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, converting to daily service on March 6, 2011.

The approximately three-and-a-half-hour flight (CO 610) will depart Newark at 9:35 a.m. (0935), arriving in Providenciales at 1:10 p.m. (1310). The return flight (CO 609) will depart Providenciales at 2:05 p.m. (1405), arriving in Newark at 5:45 p.m. (1745). Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-800 for the new service with seating for 160 passengers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

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