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User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Does anyone know where I could find the routes that Continental Lite used to serve? I grew up in South Florida and remember them running out of FLL but the question is where else did they offer service?

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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

Didn't LITE have a hub at Piedmont triad?

User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Excerpted from the July 1, 1995 CO timetable:
From FLL:
CLE (1x daily - CO)
GSO (2x - CO Lite)
IAH (3x - CO)
JAX (2x - CO & CO Lite)
LAS (1x - CO)
EWR (7x - CO)
MCO (3x - CO Lite)
TPA (5x - CO & CO Lite)

Quoting Quickmover (Reply 1):
Didn't LITE have a hub at Piedmont triad?


Yes. This timetable shows 49 daily jet departures and another 20-25 prop departures. If I'm not mistaken, the CO-GSO hub was on its downward slide at this time. IIRC, CO once had 79 jet depratures from GSO during CO Lite's heyday.



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User currently offlineRamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

All I know of CO lite is what I have seen here. I believe Quickmover is right: They had an idea to serve vacation destinations and S. Florida from triad . . . . It didn't work. They used a mix of DC-9s, 735s and 733s.
SR



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User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 837 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

I have been looking for a route map for "CALite", but have not been able to do so. I'd be interested in seeing this, too....I do know they served ATL, CLE, EWR, FLL, GSO, GSP, LGA, MIA and SDF among others.....DL and US (ironically enough) buried them and they pulled up stakes at GSO after a few years, crippling the airports in GSO and GSP.

Here are a couple of interesting articles perhaps.....

http://www.greensboro.com/97top50/airport.htm

http://www.dailymail.com/static/specialsections/airport/air1014a.htm


User currently offlineGroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Quoting RamerinianAir (Reply 3):
They used a mix of DC-9s, 735s and 733s.

There were also 73S's and a handful of 731's operating for Lite as well

JP


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Minor mistake in dailymail article:

Article date shows October 14, 1997

"Raleigh, about 75 miles east of Greensboro, now benefits from the low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines."

RDU didn't have WN service in 1997. I believe WN showed up at RDU around 2000.



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User currently offlinePassBureauMgr From United States of America, joined May 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Back in the 80's After their bankruptcy, they started one called
"Continental West" flying in California, Washington, Oregon & Arizona.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

Overnight CO went from about 17 to about 60 departures a day from MSY. MSY-IAH service went all CO Lite with up to 20 flights a day, on DC-9's and 737's. MSY-SAT was flown four times daily with mainline M80's. Way too much. Lite even had four nonstops a day to GSP and two to the GSO hub. MCO/TPA were flown about six times daily each...they also had a nonstop to JAX, MDW, CLE (mainline), EWR (mainline) and LAX (mainline), plus CO Express EMB-120 service to LIT, PNS, and SHV. Just a ton of capacity was added.

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21456 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

come back west CO! Maybe with UA's troubles, there would be room for CO to return to serving the west as a region vs. as a destination.


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7501 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Sorry Ikramerica,

There's no room for CO to start intra-west coast flying. Its still a very crowded market between WN, UA, AS, HP, Horizon, and AA to a small extent. Its a low-yield, cut-throat market that would be difficult for CO to compete. The fact they they fly so many ERJ's now days everywhere else, thats all it could be anyways. CO has a better plan for now.


User currently offlineJlp12345 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Does anyone know what the destinations and frequencies of the GSO hub at it's peak?

User currently offlineTsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

they also had a lot of flights from BWI as well...they also used some MD-80's...problem for CO was that there was no distinction in the a/c being used and they ran the business travellers away because of no way to tell what was a CALite flt vs a mainline CO flt...brainchild of Robert Ferguson it nearly killed CO until Gordon set things straight...

User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Every time I see the words "Continetal Lite", I break into a cold sweat.  Smile

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Quoting Jlp12345 (Reply 11):
frequencies of the GSO hub at it's peak?


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Continental DC-10 in GSO?!?!

I did extensive search for Continental Lite jets here in a.net database... nothing came up in my search...



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User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

I remember Continental Lite......


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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Continental Lite had a lot of strange routes. I flew them once from BWI to MCO with a connection in Greensboro. I remember they occupied the entire North Concourse in GSO and you literally could not move inside the building because of all the people making connections.

The return leg from MCO to BWI involved a change of planes in Greenville/Spartanburg. So there are two strange routes alone; MCO-GSP and GSP-BWI. All flights were completely full.

Originally my schedule for the BWI-MCO leg involved a nonstop from BWI to ORF, another stop in CHS, and finally CHS to MCO. Continental called my house the night before to tell me about the schedule change.

Other routes I remember were GSP-MDW; GSO-DAY; DAY-STL; DEN-MDW; BOS, BWI, ATL, and CHS to GSO. Strange network indeed.


User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

Quoting Cody (Reply 16):
Other routes I remember were GSP-MDW; GSO-DAY; DAY-STL; DEN-MDW; BOS, BWI, ATL, and CHS to GSO. Strange network indeed.

You can add CHS-JAX to that mix as well. Short hop, decent service, and outstanding walk-up fares. I believe I paid either $59.00 or $69.00 in Oct 1994.


User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Didn't CO Lite offer the "Fly for peanuts" promotion? If I remember correctly it was something like buy one ticket at regular price and get another ticket for $0.01

--C


User currently offlineCAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

Quoting COEWR (Reply 18):
Didn't CO Lite offer the "Fly for peanuts" promotion

They sure did and the reservations number was
1-800-PEANUTS

If you call that number today you still get Continental Reservations



CAL........Continental Airlines....... Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5143 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

Yeah I remember the $.01 fare it was in competition to Southwest's 'friends fly free promotion' the thing with those fares is that one person would pay full fare and the other would fly for free or a penny.


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Quoting CAL (Reply 19):
They sure did and the reservations number was
1-800-PEANUTS

If you call that number today you still get Continental Reservations

Just dialed it...pre-recorded message now but it still says "thank you for calling CO". It gave the new reservations number as 1-800-525-0280 (not really a new number, that's the number I have been dialing for CO reservations for the last 15 years!)

--C


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

I think GSO used to store parts for CO's A300 and DC10 fleet. Neither plane ever served GSO on a scheduled basis. Odd eh?

User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 22):
I think GSO used to store parts for CO's A300 and DC10 fleet. Neither plane ever served GSO on a scheduled basis. Odd eh?

I remember reading that in Gordon Bethune's book. It seems that they had extra space in their maintenance facilities there and the bean counters up top thought that was a good place to store the parts!

The book is called "From Worst to First..." its basically the story about how Gordon Bethune turned CO around. Really great read

--C


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1930 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Yes I took advantage of that "Add A Penny, Add A Pal" promotion. I had forgotten that. As I recall, I flew Round Trip BWI-MCO for $300.00 and added my best friend for a penny. We then split the fare between us.

Another route was BWI-BOS. After Continental dismantled the "Lite" brand, they eliminated most of the hip-hop routes and made GSO a full-fledged hub. They flew from GSO to DCA, BWI, MDW, DAY, CLE, IAH, MSY, MIA, FLL, PBI, MCO, RSW, JAX, CHS, GSP, LGA, EWR, BOS, ATL, BDL (I think), and TPA. They even had Continental Connection service to IAD and operated a crew base at GSO. Later, Continental sort of ran into a problem where they had too many hubs on the East Coast and GSO was shut down.


25 Ikramerica : I was thinking more LAX to Florida (MCO, TPA) and more Mexico (resort locations, not just business), maybe more Texas locations (colorado in winter,
26 Flyboy7974 : the continental connection service was operated by gp express, a small commuter that use to thrive in the upper midwest, based in iowa i think. anothe
27 Midway7 : I remember Gordon referenced AB3 service between GSO and GSP. Something like 6 flights a day, pretty much financial suicide. He also went on and on a
28 Gsoflyer : Well, I hate the CO Lite discussions because they really make GSO and GSP look incredibly bad. What I remember of GSO is From GSO: DCA BWI MDW DAY CLE
29 RDURAMPER : Seeing as WN is about to celebrate it's sixth anniversary at RDU next month I think it's safe to say they started operations in 1999.
30 BigB : I thought Continental Lite was part of a beer promotion when I was younger.
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