Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 870 times:
I just recently talked to a friend at Continental and he mentioned that he was hearing talk of CO starting new flights from Houston to Frankfurt, as well as Madrid, with one of them coming online by the end of this year and the other in early 2001. I was wondering if anybody on this board could confirm or deny these rumors...
Also, I would have figured Rome would have been added, as I've been hearing rumors about IAH-FCO for quite some time. Any ideas?
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3308 posts, RR: 46 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 733 times:
I have heard Gordon Bethune mention IAHFRA and IAHFCO before as possible future uses for the 762's. The key word here is "possible". NOTHING is going to happen this year...and maybe not next either. After that....well, anything is "possible", isn't it?
Ishky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 727 times:
I have heard the same rumors, but with COs current widebody shortage, this does not seem possible. With nearly thirty DC-10s to be retired and only 26 767-400s on the way, it seems like not much int'l growth can be accomplished. The 10 767-200s have the range to go IAH-Europe, but these have the capacity of about a 757. And the need for one of the first 762 routes to be CLE-LGW keeps being stressed.
But I would like to see CO expand European-wise from IAH. MAD, FRA, FCO, and MAN need to be added in order to compete w/ AA from Texas. CO sure could use another 767/777 order now...............
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3308 posts, RR: 46 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 709 times:
The only people who could answer that question work on some upper floor of "Continental Center" in downtown Houston. No one outside of this select group of individuals will know just what CO is planning for future service until they choose to announce it. I think it's safe to say this is true of most, if not all other major airlines as well. If CO intends to begin flying EWRCPH, IAHFRA, or IAHFCO, 95% of CO's employees won't know it before the outside world does as well.
Ishky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 714 times:
There are some rumors about Transatlantic expansion for the summer of 2001. COs looking at three cities, which would be three of any of the following: Barcelona, Venice, Nice, Athens, as well as an unnamed Scandanavian city. CAL certainly has some catching up to do in Europe, DL already serves all of the cities above, most with 767-300ERS, which accomadate up to 212 pax. Luckily, CO has TLV.
For more information, check out the Yahoo! message boards for CAL.
JOSEMEX From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 1539 posts, RR: 29 Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 667 times:
I was in MAD last April and was told by one of the CO agents that there were rumors that a IAH-MAD nonstop might start next year. I, for one, would love it. I usually fly MEX-EWR-MAD twice a year and would rather fly through IAH. Even though IB and AM fly MEX-MAD nonstop, I prefer CO (AM is very good also, but IB is a disgrace).
Also, I know that EWR-MAD is going back to a -10 in June. Does any of you CO people know if it is going back to a 777 later on?
Pbb152 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 594 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 664 times:
Iahcsr, what you said earlier about CO employees not knowing what routes CO has planned for the future is not quite true. I know of many CO employees who were issued a 5-year plan for CO which included all new routes that are tenatively planned to begin by the end of 2004. Luckily, I got to take a quick look at the report, but I was sworn to secrecy, as CO would certainly not want any of its secrets divulged to its competitors.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3308 posts, RR: 46 Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 655 times:
Given that CO has 51,000 employees, I would guess that less then 10% of them have seen that 5-year plan (and I'm not one of the lucky few). As you pointed out, we don't want the other players knowing our play book before the game begins.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 632 times:
Continental is expected to use its first 767-400's on Latin America routes.
Last winter, the airline announced a change in its operations to the region
and that a new city in Brazil (Belo Horizonte, I think it was) would begin to
see daily or weekly service connecting EWR via Rio de Janeiro. The Rio
route from EWR would therefore switch to the 767-400.
As for transatlantic expansion from Houston, I think a Madrid route would
be a possibility, as would Frankfurt. Rome is an unknown. Amsterdam is
another possibility as KLM flies IAH-AMS several times a week with a 744.
The 777 used on the Madrid route from EWR should be reassigned to the
LGW morning flight or to Rome (FCO) or Paris (CDG) replacing the second
D10's in those markets.
Continental's current 777 routes are EWR to NRT/LGW/MAN/FRA/MAD/MXP
FCO/CDG/TLV and IAH to NRT/LGW(2)/CDG.