Gsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
(GSO) - Greensboro
I am not sure exactly what information you are wanting. I've been trying to dig up info on this hub, I have no clue how many and what destinations they served.... But Greensboro from 1994-1997 was a hub for Continental Lite. But CO's failed business plan for CO Lite killed the program.
IAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
LAX was the company headquarters for years and years until Lornezo moved them to Houston. Out of all the former bases, only LAX has survived as a crew base and it is only for flight attendants and is very senior. GSO was short lived and served to facilitate the Continental Lite experiment. Express serves GSO now from IAH, CLE, and EWR and you can still see the crew operations etc down stairs under the passanger concourse. All of the yellow lines are still present where the turbo-props were parked when the hub was alive.
ELP was a crew base up until the 90's. As Denver was dropped and Continental started to focus its energies East Bound, ELP was dropped as a base however the service there continues to IAH with both regional jets and mainline aircraft.
Denver/Stapelton was a magniificant site when Continental and United operated hubs there. Continental served most of the ski resorts with Dash 8's and ATR's along with Beech 1900's operatede by Rocky Mountain Airways which was folded into the Express operation later down the road.
It would be nice to see Contiental expand out West again. Many employees here still live and commute from the West Coast to the various bases. HNL and GUM are still active but that is a bit too far West for most.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1928 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1253 times:
I was in Denver in 1987 and recall that no two Continental planes looked alike. Some were "New York Air" red, some were in full PEOPLExpress colors with CONTINENTAL in the dark brown stripe, some did not have the dark brown stripe, just the burgundy ones, some looked like Frontier, but had Continental titles and every once in a while, you might even see one in full Continental colors except some had a black logo and some had the red one. Irredardless they had every aircraft type represented from the little short "hot rod" DC-9's to the 747. At that point they flew to just about ever major city in the US and just about every city west of the Mississippi from DEN. I also experienced the GSO hub in 1994. My biggest memory was coming out of the jetway and not being able to move because the small concourse was so crowded with travelers. You literally had to push your way through. I think they only had like five gates maybe, but there were two aircraft parked at each gate. The only aircraft types I saw were the DC-9-30's and the 737 (all series). From GSO they flew as far west as IAH, as far north as BOS, and as far south as MIA.