CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ANNOUNCES DAILY NON-STOP
SERVICE BETWEEN OSLO AND NEW YORK
OSLO, February 24, 2004 – Continental Airlines, the world’s seventh largest airline, today announced it will launch daily non-stop Boeing 757 flights between Oslo and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, effective June 18, 2004 (westbound), subject to government approval.
The new service, the only scheduled non-stop transatlantic service from Oslo, will link the capital of Norway with the world’s financial capital. Oslo will become the 19th city, and Norway the 12th country, in Continental’s transatlantic route network and the airline’s only Scandinavian destination.
“It gives us great pride and pleasure to bring our award-winning service to Oslo and the Norwegian market,” said Jim Summerford, Continental's Vice President – International. “By providing non-stop service to New York and quick and easy connections to destinations beyond throughout the Americas, we will be able to offer convenient travel options to our Norwegian customers, as well as to visitors to Norway."
Nic Nilsen, Managing Director of Oslo Airport, said: “I am delighted that Continental will be flying to Oslo. The New York route is a very important one for us and Continental’s plans fit well with our long-term strategy.”
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Continental's Oslo-New York/Newark flights will be operated with a 172-seat Boeing 757 aircraft, carrying 16 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 156 in Economy.
Flight CO39 will depart Oslo daily at 11:15 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 1:50 p.m. the same day. The return flight, CO38, will depart New York/Newark at 8:00 p.m., arriving at Oslo at 9:45 a.m. the next day. Flying time will be approximately eight hours 35 minutes westbound and seven hours 45 minutes eastbound.
Over the next few months, Continental will hire staff for its ground operations
at Oslo. The exact number of positions to be filled has yet to be finalised.
The new route has been conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark
with an extensive network of service throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Latin America. Continental is the only major airline to operate a hub in the New York City metropolitan area – Newark Liberty International Airport. Located just 25 kilometres from downtown Manhattan, Liberty International offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. One-way fares between Liberty International and New York Penn Station are $11.55 on NJ Transit and $23 on Amtrak and journey time is less than 30 minutes.
Passengers arriving at Liberty International on Continental flights from Oslo will be able to use exclusive immigration and customs facilities in Terminal C3, Continental’s Global Gateway, and connect quickly and easily with Continental's 396
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daily services from Liberty International to 170 destinations throughout the Americas and beyond, including 141 served non-stop, in almost all cases without changing terminals.
The new flights will feature Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service, which won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2003, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst was also voted Best Transatlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Business Travel Awards 2003 – for the 6th year running.
This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with 55
inch pitch/140-cm pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. A specially selected and trained corps of more than 200 Concierges provides individualised pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 21 key international airports worldwide.
Continental Airlines (NYAS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE: CAL), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is the world’s seventh-largest airline and has more than 2,300 daily departures. With 126 domestic and 101 international destinations, Continental has the broadest global route network of any U.S. airline, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 51 million passengers per year on the newest jet fleet among major U.S. airlines. With 42,000 mainline employees, Continental is one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.
In Europe and the Middle East, Continental serves 17 cities in 11 countries,
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operating up to 161 departures weekly to its U.S. gateway hubs at New York/Newark, Houston and Cleveland, with onward connections to cities throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental was named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World in both 2001 and 1996, making it the only carrier to receive this honour twice in five years. Continental’s BusinessFirst won the Best Executive/Business Class award at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2003. Continental’s alliance carriers in Europe and the Middle East include Air Europa, Emirates, FlyBE (British European), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Maersk Air, TAP Air Portugal and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
For more information, visit continental.com.
Issued by Oslo Lufthavn AS on behalf of Continental Airlines, Inc.
For more information, contact Continental Airlines Corporate Communications in London (+44 1293 827459) or Houston (+1 713 324 5080).
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2902 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16301 times:
Great news! This service should do well, with all of CO's connections via EWR. Also, I think the 757 will be just the right size for the market--I think SK's 763s are a bit too large. I wonder if we will see any additional CO service to Scandinavia...CPH or ARN?
Caravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16135 times:
Right you are.... But what configuration? Two times two abreast in BusinessFirst, and 3x3 in Economy? The seat pitch will be what? Anyone here who knows? 172 seats in total, sixteen up front....
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3246 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16060 times:
I won't fly CO's long haul RJ's, and I've connected in EWR, rather than fly on the 757 CLE-LGW. Personally, I'd rather connect in AMS than spend 9 hours on a 757. I love the 757 for domestic flying, but I'm not a fan of using substandard equipment to justify operating a long thin route. Would the 767-200ER be a better choice? Similar number of seats, but an increased cargo capacity.
Caravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15995 times:
Luv2fly, thanks... My wife and I will be holidaying in the US this summer, and getting there is a choice between FI and CO. And as EWR is a good point to start, and there is a non-stop connection, well.... Let's see how CO does!
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 20 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15869 times:
Great News!! I wouldn't have thought that Oslo would have been the next European destination personally. Anyway you have to love CO for finding ways to make routes work even if they are only using a 757. I personally wouldn't have a problem taking one across the pond if it meant taking a non-stop.
Let's hope this route does well, which I'm sure it will because CO doesn't normally enter markets without big time research and hopefully more European expansion is ahead.
Warren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1133 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 15785 times:
Icelandic been flying B757 across the pond for so long without any hitches.
Thomas Cook Holiday and other German charters been using the 200 and 300 series as well.
These gas guzzlers have so much power in reserve it is very safe provided you don't mind a narrow body plane.They don't feel too claustrophobic with the big windows compare to a B737.
Jumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 15704 times:
At first, the thought of flying a 757 to Oslo made me gasp and comment to myself, never in a million years across the pond on a 757. Well, I have never flown across the pond on a 757 but I can tell you I have on a Airfrance 747 in ecomomy seating. It had the absolute worst leg room and seat pitch I can recall of any airline I have ever flown on. Take-offs and landings are always nicer on a jumbojet, but once you're in your seat, seat pitch and leg room are all that matters. Though that extra aisle does mean alot. Personally speaking, I'd have to try the 757 across the pond before I comment on it.
Caravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 15687 times:
thank you for your hospitality, this year though we're heading south. I've just gotta see Cape Canaveral. Last time I was in the area, (many years ago!!!)there was a space shuttle flight planned - but it was cancelled due to bad weather. Even though shuttle launches have been delayed for another year, I just got to see where it all started, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo... That apart, the Smithsonian is a must-see!
As regards SK and OSL, SK never really did try to make it work between OSL and EWR. A friend of mine was told he had to go via ARN to get to EWR. So SK made a mess of it because they wanted OSL to feed ARN and CPH instead of feeding OSL from ARN or CPH, or even let the airports compete in a fair manner.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6442 posts, RR: 33 Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 15622 times:
I don't get some of the bias against long-haul non-stops on the 757, either. For a lot of people, time is money, and being able to save two, three, or even six hours over a connecting itinerary on other airlines is very valuable. Fewer connections mean a smaller chance that your luggage will be lost, or that one of your flights will be delayed or cancelled. And for the premium passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin (which are probably bringing in half of the revenue on the plane), the service/comfort level is comparable to the 767.
This route makes lots of sense for CO given that:
* No one else offers scheduled transatlantic service from OSL.
* CO's hub at IAH means lots of business from the oil industry, and Norway is one of the top ten producers of oil & gas in the world.
* OSL probably works with a 757 since it's the closest Scandinavian capital (excluding Reykjavik) to EWR.
25 TOLtommy: Icelandic been flying B757 across the pond for so long without any hitches. ---------------------------------------------------- True, but they don't
26 CPH-R: Scottb, never mind SAS, eh? They still have flights OSL-EWR, though it's not daily.
27 Solnabo: Waaaooow, great news Hopefully we´ll get NW landing here in Scandinavia..... Michael//SE www.moveon.org
28 Heisan67: SAS operates OSL-EWR untill the end of March 3xweek using a A340-300. Very nice that CO is launching this service. And yes it tis true SAS does not pr
29 Sk945: This thread aint about SAS, But Hejsan67, SAS tried with daily OSL-EWR the whole summer schedule until October, but the loadfactor were to small to co
30 Warren747sp: NW did fly to Oslo for a while from MSP with DC-10 . once flown Ewr-Msp-Oslo and return.
31 Ssides: Given the large Norwegian oil industry, I wonder if CO would consider a continuation of the flight to IAH? There's no way it warrants a non-stop, but
32 Scottb: Whoops, my mistake; the 3x weekly service on SAS didn't show up when I was searching; I must have put in bad dates for it. I'll change my statement to
33 Heisan67: SK945: I no this thread isn't about SAS, but the route OSL-EWR is very much one of SAS prestige-route. And since SAS is not that popular in Norway I b
34 Solnabo: I remember that PA DL AA and another UScarrier (TWA?) had ARN as its finaldestination. Now there´s zero UScarriers at ARN........the all fly to CPH!
35 Sk945: Hejsan67, I'm sorry if my post were a bit unclear. I really wish CO will best with this new route and they problably will manage much better than SAS
36 Artsyman: Interesting that AFAIK nobody mentioned OSL as a new destination for CO **** It has been burning a hole in my mouth for just over a week now. Sometime
37 Bartond: Wow, I really had no idea that people would get their panties in a wad about thoughts that 8+ hours on a 757 would be rough. Not all of us are big bus
38 FraT: Artsyman, I actually meant the thread a couple of months ago in which everybody was talking about a future service to Lagos, Nigeria and a lot of Asia
39 Caravelle: I think CO does exactly the right thing: Using an aircraft that makes sense for a market that makes sense. They've proved that on other transatlantic
40 Artsyman: The 757 is an excellent starter aircraft for these routes. Like the EWR-GLA flight, it started as a 757, and grew, and now even gets 777 service from
41 Csavel: That's great. it'll give SAS some much needed competition from New York, now if CO only would begin to fly into wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen. I ne
42 Neilalp: Luv2fly I have also flown on ATA's 757 from DTW-FRA. I just grabbed a picture and it was July 30th of 1995. I do recall the seats weren't that bad, bu
43 N670UW: True, but they don't have 8 hours+ flying time Untrue. LGW-CLE (752) is 8:30, and LIS-EWR is very close with 7:55. 670
44 Luv2fly: Neilalp It might have been me, as I use to work for Travel Charter!
45 Virginia: Artsyman,, Also heard today there is going to be another European announcement soon, that will blow EVERYONE'S mind. My guess is that CO will start se
46 MAH4546: I remember that PA DL AA and another UScarrier (TWA?) had ARN as its finaldestination. Now there´s zero UScarriers at ARN........the all fly to CPH!
47 David: I thought I heard recently that CO was re-configuring some of it's 757's back to 24 first class seats from 16 B F seats. Is that still true? Won't the
48 Kabila: I was told 2 weeks ago already about the OSL service... but, I had to keep it quiet.
49 Warren747sp: don't forget LH fly a scheduled B-737 everyday into EWR from Dusseldorf.
50 Windshear: Tillykke Norge!!! Fedt for jer!!! I think it's great that you are going to have an American carrier going to your capital, it's been a while since any
51 STT757: "don't forget LH fly a scheduled B-737 everyday into EWR from Dusseldorf." Actually LH flies a A319 daily from EWR to Dusseldorf and a BBJ (737NG) fro
52 Av8rDAL: Warren747sp- That 737 is actually a BBJ operated by PrivatAir for Lufthansa. It's an all-business class configuration, so legroom is plentiful. I'd ta
53 Asuflyer05: "Normally 757s in coach are pretty packed, don't have alot of (if any) IFE in case you get bored reading, sleeping, twiddling your thumbs, etc., plus
54 Lhr001: Oslo????? Come now SAS has had faltering numbers on the Newark to Olso run for quiet some time now!! Why doesnt Continental Airlines try to serve dest
55 RiverVisualNYC: Would business travelers really pick a CO narrowbody on this sector over SAS's widebody? Hell, if you want to fly a 757 to Scandinavia, you can go wit
56 Lhr001: Understandably passengers would not mind flying the exclusive A319/737 equipment over the ocean in an all Business Class situation.... (i.e. Lufthansa
57 N670UW: Come now SAS has had faltering numbers on the Newark to Olso run for quiet some time now!! Firstly, SAS is cancelling the route effective this summer.
58 STT757: "Why is Continental gambling with this route? If the airline cant operate a 767-200 which has near the similar capacity... Why run the route at all. "
59 Tommy767: This is very interesting. If CO is expanding to Oslo, I wonder if they will expand to Moscow, Copenhagen, Stockholm etc. And for 3866 miles, that is a
60 Flyguy1: Routes like this, also show why, the A380 may indeed be a niche product only.
61 STT757: "Routes like this, also show why, the A380 may indeed be a niche product only." Exactly! When CO finished their Global Gateway expansion CO Executives
62 Cory6188: So is CO going to have to hire Norwegian speaking F/A's for this route? This will be the only destination for CO where Norwegian is necessary, and I'm
63 COEWRNJ: Just a thought, but I would think they will try and see how many current FA's they have that can speak the language at a fluent level before hiring a
64 Lhr001: At the very most two Language Qualified Flight Attendants should suffice on the Newark to Oslo service. Of course you must also take into consideratio
65 Warren747sp: They can recruit F/A from MSP area without too much difficulty who can speak Norwegian. I think most businessman like myself will fly this route in C
66 KaiGywer: Cory 6188 wrote: So is CO going to have to hire Norwegian speaking F/A's for this route? This will be the only destination for CO where Norwegian is n
67 ANX4fishing: Back in the day, I did AA SJC-BOS 3-4 times a month on a 757. Got to know coach pretty well. That plane is no worse than a BA/UA/AA/US widebody coach
68 Heisan67: Norwegian-talking F/A on this route....haha. This must be a joke. Why?? In Norway everybody speaks English, and often Germen/French as well. English i
69 MAH4546: Norwegian-talking F/A on this route....haha. This must be a joke. Why?? In Norway everybody speaks English, Very, very true. English is spoken fluentl
70 AMM744: The teenyweeny twinjet expansion continues, Where next ? a 757 from EWR - SYD perhaps!!! Here's a new slogan for weeny twin jet operators. "Let's see
71 Vadheim: What is good with this service is that Continental can offer onestop service (at EWR) to most North American cities. Many Norwegians travel to Minneso
72 Cory6188: CO does serve SEA, MSP, MKE, MSN, and IAH/HOU all from EWR. I'm sure those flights will help to fill the OSL flight.
73 Amazonphil: AMM744, Easy now, don't explode.. The 757 is a great A/C! would fly it round the world non-stop if it were possible...(c: Amazonphil
74 Caravelle: Two questions to those of you in the know: Any possibilities of a code share here, OSL - EWR, and if so with what other carrier? What are the chances
75 Tavve: Jb: Well lets hope continental goes for Gothenburg also. Jcs17: If Continental doesn't serve CPH or ARN I doubt they'll be heading to GOT anytime soon
76 Vadheim: I think Maersk Air (DM) might want a code share from Billund (BLL) to Oslo (OSL). They have three daily nonstop services today! Billund is centrally l
77 Kabila: Good to see CO grow again on its European Routes. If there are any Norwegians on this forum (or Norwegian speakers), wanting to work for CO in BRU (Br
78 Airmech56: Ok this reply is meant for all you pre-Madonna passengers that keep comparing the 757 to an RJ. Why is it that you need two aisles in an aircraft to f
79 Vulindlela744: Great news. I live in South Florida and have very few options in getting to Norway. Last year I took KLM from Mia which wasn't too bad. Except the lon
80 KaiGywer: When will the flights show up in COs booking system at continental.com? I looked last night, and could only get connections through AMS with KLM from
81 Slider: Great posts N670UW and Airmech... LHR- While OSL isn't a big market, it is a soid niche market and could end up being a solid route for CO. We'll all
82 Scottb: It seems pretty clear to me that SAS's A330 didn't work for OSL-EWR because the A330 is too large for this route and because thrice-weekly service isn
83 David_itl: Scottb, your statement is not quite true for their MAN service as BA (from 1954 to 1983 and 1985 to present) and PIA (since 2001) operate to JFK with
84 GKirk: David, the BHX service indeed started with 757s then going to DC-10s before going back to the 757s. I dont believe any 767s or 777s done the EWR-BHX r
85 Andie007: Will CO name any other new longhaul routes near future? Wasn't there mentioned that new destinations will be confired at the end of the week?
86 SJU767: CO 75B are configured : J 16 Y 156 --------- 172 CO 762 are configured J 25 Y 149 --------- 174 It is just 2 more seats on the 767, plus the landing f