Category Archives: Continental Airlines

The last Continental Airlines flight to operate tonight

Continental Airlines (Houston) as previously reported, will operate its last CO flight tonight. As planned, flight CO 1267 from Phoenix to Cleveland is currently the last scheduled flight.

Here are the details (click to enlarge):

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental’s CO code fades into aviation history on March 3 as United integrates reservations systems and websites

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to finally integrate the Continental and United computer reservations systems and websites on March 3. This will mean the final retirement of the CO code and continental.com website although the two airlines are now considered one airline under a single operating certificate. Goodbye CO/COA.

Read the full article from the Daily Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United-Continental Merger: New article by Bloomberg Businessweek

The United Airlines (Chicago) and Continental Airlines (Houston) merger is examined in an interesting article by Drake Bennett in the February 8 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Photo: Cover of the February 8 issue on newsstands.

United Airlines is issued a single operating certificate, goodbye Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) announced today (November 30) that it received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a single operating certificate (SOC), marking another significant achievement in the integration of United Airlines (Chicago) and Continental Airlines (Houston).

This regulatory milestone, while significant from an operational policies and procedures perspective, does not change how customers interact with the airline. Customers of United and Continental will continue to shop for flights, obtain seat assignments and check flight status on each carrier’s respective website until the company migrates to a single passenger service system in the first quarter of 2012. At that point, from a customer’s perspective, the two carriers will function as one airline.

The Continental Airlines website is still being maintained although all flights are now operated as United Airlines.

The two carriers went through a rigorous 18-month process of aligning operating policies and procedures to obtain a single operating certificate from the FAA. A team of more than 500 employees from both carriers worked together to evaluate closely each pre-integration program, process and operating specification from both airlines to determine the best choice for the new United. The team streamlined more than 440 operational manuals, programs and procedures down to approximately 260 manuals for the new United – a process that involved roughly 2,000 changes.
Effective today, air traffic control communications will refer to all United and Continental flights as “United.” United and Continental announced their merger in May 2010 and closed the transaction on October 1, 2010.

From this point onwards, technically “Continental Airlines” is no longer an airline. Ironically, as mentioned previously, the Continental Part 121 Air Operating Certificate (AOC) is the surviving AOC for the new United Airlines. The old United AOC was officially retired today. The CO AOC will live on (as well as the 1991 color scheme) as the operating AOC of the new United Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information on this special color scheme.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

The final days of Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines (Houston) will reach the end of a very colorful history since July 15, 1934 this week. On November 30, 2011 at 1200Z (GMT) (0600 CST) the Continental Airlines name will slip into aviation history. On this date, United Airlines and Continental will complete their merger when a single operating certificate (SOC) will become a reality. Ironically, due to operational reasons, the CO certificate (AOC) will survive operating as United Airlines. The United AOC is the certificate being retired. All flights will use the “United” call sign and UA/UAL codes after this date. The CO 1991 color scheme will also survive as the “new” livery of United Airlines.

The final COA flight to land is planned to be flight COA 86 Shanghai (Pudong) (PVG)-Newark (EWR) on November 30. A Tampa (TPA)-Newark (EWR) flight COA 1612 is due to depart at 0659 (EST) (1159Z) on November 30 and will be the final dispatched COA flight if not delayed.

CLICK HERE for the history of Continental Air Lines and Continental Airlines (company website)

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for information on the “Blue Skyway” retrojet.

Editorial Note: As a special salute to CO, we will be adding many new and historical photos this week to our growing AG library, specifically the CO Slide Show.

CLICK HERE for the Continental Slide Show (check back often this week).

United launches Economy Plus on first Continental aircraft

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that the first Continental Airlines aircraft with Economy Plus will enter service on November 19, offering Continental customers four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767-400, will also feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and new touchscreen seat-back monitors in Economy. In addition, the aircraft will be the first in the Continental fleet to feature the popular Channel 9 air traffic control communications. Customers in both cabins also will have advanced audio/video on demand and in-seat power outlets.

United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. Today, the airline offers the extra-legroom seating on all mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger United Express regional jets. When the company fully deploys Economy Plus on Continental and Q400 regional aircraft, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats, providing customers more than 122,000 extra-legroom economy class seats each day, more than any airline in the world.

The expansion of Economy Plus to Continental aircraft comes as the company continues with plans to invest more than $550 million to upgrade aircraft interiors, including new flat-bed seats in premium cabins, larger overhead bins and improved in-flight entertainment options. The new flat-bed seats are available today on more than 125 aircraft. In addition, more than 160 aircraft feature DIRECTV.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental Airlines launches Houston-Lagos flights

Continental Airlines (Houston) yesterday (November 16), operating as United Airlines, inaugurated the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with new nonstop flights between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Lagos, Nigeria. The new service links the two energy capitals on a route which no other airline currently serves on a scheduled basis (Atlas Air is also operating a charter series of flights from Houston to Luanda).

Flight CO 142 departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. (1905) and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. (1340) the following day. On the return, flight CO 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m. (2305) and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. (0525) the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound.

The flights will operate using Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft with a total of 276 seats — 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in Economy.

Continental and United are still two separate airlines pending a single operating certificate under the United brand.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The Continental name is disappearing from CO aircraft.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United to operate a “advanced biofuel” flight today

United Airlines (Chicago) through Continental Airlines will operate a Houston-Chicago O’Hare “advanced biofuel” flight today with a Boeing 737-800.

Continental Airlines today is operating the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels. Flight CO 1403, a Boeing 737-800, departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:30 a.m. (1030) bound for Chicago O’Hare International Airport, making United and Continental the first U.S. airlines to fly passengers using a blend of sustainable, advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel supplied by Solazyme.

Solazyme, Inc., (San Francisco) was founded on March 31, 2003, with the mission of utilizing microalgae to create a renewable source of energy and transportation fuels.

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United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information.

United Continental Holdings reports a large third quarter net profit

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) (United Airlines and Continental Airlines) today reported third-quarter 2011 net income of $773 million or $2.00 per diluted share, excluding $120 million of net special items consisting primarily of integration-related costs. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported third-quarter 2011 net income of $653 million or $1.69 per diluted share.

UAL results for the third quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on October 1, 2010, UAL results included only the financial results of United. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for the third-quarter 2010 and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

Both airlines are moving ahead towards a single operating AOC with November 11 being the target date.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

Continental Airlines to start daily Houston-Lagos service on November 6

Continental Airlines (United Airlines) (Houston) will launch a daily route connecting the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub with Lagos starting on November 6 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ER equipment.

Continental is also adding the the Tokyo (Narita)-Hong Kong route with Boeing 737-800s.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.