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Continental Airlines to launch Los Angeles-Leon/Guanajuanto flights

Continental Airlines (United Continental Holdings, Inc.) (Houston) will launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico (BJX), subject to Mexican government approval, beginning on November 1. The daily service will be operated with a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, with seating for 114 customers (eight in first class and 106 in economy).

In addition, Continental Airlines today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin once-weekly nonstop service to Cancun, Mexico, from three new cities: Austin and San Antonio, TX, and Raleigh-Durham, NC. These Saturday services, which are subject to government approval, would begin February 19, 2011. In addition, United Airlines applied for authority to place its UA code on Continental-operated flights between these cities, further enhancing service options for customers traveling to Cancun.

Continental plans to operate the service with Boeing 737-700 aircraft, with seating for 124 customers (12 in first class and 112 in economy). Continental serves 30 destinations in Mexico, more than any other airline from the U.S. Continental currently serves Cancun 76 times weekly from its hubs in Houston, Newark and Cleveland. United currently serves Cancun 31 times weekly from Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington-Dulles.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 737-524 N17640 (msn 28901) completes the final approach at Baltimore/Washington.

Continental Airlines loses $146 million in the first quarter

Continental Airlines (Houston) reported a first quarter 2010 net loss of $146 million ($1.05 diluted loss per share). Excluding $10 million of severance and aircraft-related special charges, Continental recorded a first quarter net loss of $136 million ($0.98 diluted loss per share).

During the quarter, Continental continued to install new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats, with installation now complete on 13 aircraft: eight Boeing 777s and five 757-200s. The company will install flat-bed seats on its entire fleet of Boeing 777, 757-200 and substantially all of its 767 aircraft, and on its Boeing 787 fleet as the aircraft are delivered.

Continental continued to install DIRECTV® on its aircraft during the quarter, with the new service now offered on 83 aircraft. The company has completed installation of DIRECTV® on its Boeing 737-900ER fleet and will install DIRECTV® on substantially all of its Boeing 737 Next-Generation and 757-300 aircraft.

In the first quarter of 2010, Continental recorded $6 million of aircraft-related charges related to grounded Boeing 737-300 aircraft, net of gains on two 737-500 aircraft sold to a foreign buyer, and a $4 million charge for severance in connection with previously announced reductions in force.

During the quarter, the company took delivery of one Boeing 757-300 aircraft, which will be placed in service in April 2010. In addition, Continental removed from service its three remaining Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Continental continued to install winglets on its fleet of Boeing 757-300 aircraft. All of the company’s 737-500s, 700s, 800s, 900s and 757-200s have winglets. The company expects to complete installation of winglets on its entire narrowbody fleet by the end of the second quarter of 2010.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. The Boeing 737-500 fleet is expected to be phased out by the end of this year. 737-524 N13624 (msn 27528) climbs away from Atlanta. All of 737-524s now have Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets.

The nose gear of Boeing 737-524 VQ-BAC of UTair collapses at Moscow

UTair’s (Russia) (Khanty Mansysk) Boeing 737-524 VQ-BAC (msn 27321) nose gear collapsed while parked at the General Aviation terminal at Moscow (Vnukovo) on January 15. The airliner had been delayed in departing as flight UT 367 to Rostov. There were no reported injuries.

UTair adds an ex-Continental Boeing 737-524


VP-BXV prepares to land at Moscow (Vnukovo).  Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

VP-BXV (msn 27322, ex N14609) prepares to land at Moscow (Vnukovo). Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

UTair Aviation (Khanyty Mansiysk, Russia) on August 17, 2009 added this ex-Continental Airlines Boeing 737-524 with Blended Winglets.

Continental to start Houston-Edmonton Nov. 1


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Continental Airlines (Houston) will add its 11th Canadian destination on November 1 when it adds the daily Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Edmonton route served by 114-seat Boeing 737-500s. The company will also join the Star Alliance on October 27, 2009.

Belavia to start Minsk-Amsterdam flights

Belavia Belarusian Airlines

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 (Minsk) on August 10 will start a new route from Minsk to Amsterdam, mostly via Boeing 737-500s. The new route will operate three times a week.