FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3209 times:
The 764 is the perfect aircraft (a bit slow, but well suited for the route), but there's one little problem with that:
Continental has no hub in the West.
CO would be relying solely on O&D traffic from the West, which would easily fill a 764 to Europe, but when viewed with the amount of flights the competition has, and the fact that the competition either flies out of, into, or between two of their own hubs (which generate immense traffic), the truth is that CO wouldn't do too well, and the aircraft could be much better utilized on a more lucrative route.
Thomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 541 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3115 times:
Continental seems like theiy're putting all their energy into building European routes from Newark and Houston. They still seem to be a little timid when it comes to Cleveland. The west coast is far from their mind.
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
Thanks for the replies. I've been hearing so many cool things about Continental and I wanted to fly them to Europe next time I go. I guess i'll have to connect in Newark or Houston if I want to do that.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7873 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3089 times:
I think the reason why CO will concentrate on flying to Europe from Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR) is simple: closer access to a far larger portion of the US population. Additionally, these two airports are mostly dominated by CO, so they don't face much competition from other US-based airlines for routes to Europe.
In the case of SFO and LAX, there is a LOT of competition from multiple airlines for flights directly to Europe. Between UA, BA, VS, LH, AF, KLM, and so on, CO will not make money flying from the US West Coast to Europe.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2537 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
Cleveland has always seemed to be the 'red-headed step child" of CO's hubs. I've pictured it as getting EWR spillovers anyway. But....it might be a nice little departure point to Europe, in light of those delays at EWR nowadays.