Squirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5797 times:
What does Contiental Use the A300's for? I have always wondered, I have never seen them flying nor pictures of them yet I have a Dicast Model and it shows on the airbus orders and deliveries that they Own 3 of them and 3 have been deleveried. .
Invicta From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5563 times:
CO had 6 A300 not from Eastern (the other 15 were old EA). The 6 CO A300s joined the fleet in about '86 and were WFU back in about '95. Anyway, three of the 6 were ex SQ and the other 3 were new "white tails" that had been sitting in at Airbus for a few years. CO was the first owner of those three, but they weren't built for them.
SU184 From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 254 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5511 times:
CO received 9 A300's direct from Airbus 3 new built and 6 second-hand machines, I am not sure of the total number they operated but it was in mid twenties, 26 rings a bell, saw a couple of them at Newark back in 86.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5136 times:
First, the A300 has been out of Continental's fleet since the mid to late 90's when Gordon Bethune took over. They where one of this first things he got rid of due to their high cost to operate and the high lease cost. The 3 A300 I found that where delivered NEW to CO are:
Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4942 times:
Bethune, in his book specifically mentions dropping the A300s as part of his streamlining the company when he became CEO. Because Continental had awful credit at the time they bought them there was no wayto make money flying the things even if they filled every seat on them. So, logically, they got rid of them, I guess it cost them a healthy chunk of change to drop all of them since they were still new at the time but it beats going backwards financially every time they take off.
N9801F From Samoa, joined Apr 2004, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4719 times:
If memory serves, the A-300's were introduced to CO's fleet about 1985. The company was recovering from (its first) bankruptcy and needed cheap capacity fast. Airbus had some brand new A-300 'white tails' (planes built but without customers to buy them) collecting dust on the shelf - Airbus was eager to get rid of them - so CO got the planes, probably on favorable terms.
Later on, after Texas Air Corp (then parent of CO) bought Eastern, some of Eastern's A-300's were transferred to CO.
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1071 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4310 times:
Continental doesn't even have Embraer's and Beech/Raytheon aircraft. The Embraers are operated by Express Jet and the Beech are operated by it's CO Connection partners Commute Air and Gulfstream. Granted CO owns a good portion of ExpressJet, but it's still not CO. CO only has Boeing and MD equipment in it's fleet.
Tungd From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4166 times:
COEWRNJ, you're mostly right...
The Embraer RJ's are all ExpressJet, but Skywest operates EMB-120 props as Continental Connection out of IAH to several smaller markets in TX and LA. Two markets, ABI and SJT, are served by a mixture of both partner airlines.