AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2773 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?
Aaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1445 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
Excerpted from the July 1, 1995 CO timetable:
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)
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.
With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2626 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.
Jetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 811 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2623 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.....
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6251 posts, RR: 51 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2511 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.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 6910 posts, RR: 29 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
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.
Tsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 603 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2183 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...
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1918 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1902 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.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4916 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1817 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.
COEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1775 times:
Quoting CAL (Reply 19): They sure did and the reservations number was
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!)
COEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1740 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
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1918 posts, RR: 9 Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1674 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.