deltaflyertoo
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Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Mon Dec 31, 2001 7:10 pm

I've noticed this before, and now I'm noticing it again. CO never seems to fly certain routes with a consistent a/c. I know, I know, I know, this is a direct correlation to loads and all that other stuff. But it is frustrating.

The latest change I've observed is the LAX-EWR route. There used to be a 767-200 on this route leaving at 1030 AM. I have several trips coming up to NY for business and was looking forward to a welcome change from AA's old 762s to CO's with video games and Air Show. Tonight I was looking at the schedule and I see the 762s are gone! This sucks! I'm note going to fly one of those 737s so I guess it is back to AA. I was looking forward to getting my One Pass acount going.

Anyone know if possibly the 767s or even better yet, 777s might be in CO's future for LAX-EWR-LAX?
 
777gk
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 12:27 am

January and February, for the most part, will not see the 767, however, once April rolls around, LAX should see it on a daily basis for the forseeable future.
 
ramper@iah
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 12:49 am

Maybe that is one of Continental's secrets to success. Matching aircraft with demand only makes good business sense. Why keep a 777 on a route when an EMB-145 will work?
 
artsyman
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 1:51 am

The schedule still has 757's as well as the 738's, but as you said it changes all the time, when areyou planning on flying ?

Jer
 
usairways85
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:55 am

the aircraft are constant in philadelphia. i see continental 733's and 735's every day, although there are not that many continental flights
 
ILS
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:57 am

CO kept DC-10s on the HNL route for over 25 years.
 
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 7:13 am

My God...if you wanna be entertained so badly...fly Continental for the better service, but bring a Gameboy along!!!
 
strickerje
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Tue Jan 01, 2002 10:10 am

If you want to fly on a 777, connect in IAH (assuming there's time and they won't charge an extra fee for changing the reservation). Last I checked, one of the IAH-EWR flights was a 777, and I'm sure you could find a 767 on the LAX-IAH route.

I know what you mean though-- I was looking forward to trying to get on an AF A340-300 from CDG-CVG, and they downgraded it to a 767-300, which is also what DL operates on that route. (I've never been on an Airbus widebody) But hey-- my trip's not till May 2002; it may change 5 more times before then!
 
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:31 am

You won't see a CO 777 doing an EWR-LAX or EWR-SFO rotation any time soon. Continental's 777 (14 company owned and 2 leased) operate premier international routes from the airline's Newark and Houston hubs to London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rome, Madrid, and Tel Aviv.

Continental was operating a 767-200 on the EWR-LAX route before 9/11 but when the DC10-30 fleet was retired and the 767-400's moved from Atlantic to Pacific operations (Honolulu and Guam) the 767-200's were needed on Transatlantic and Brazil routes, from Newark. Consequently, those 767-200's operate to Milan, Zurich, Brussels, London/Gatwick, and Sao Paolo and due to scheduling, most are not able to squeeze in a transcon flight. However, with the Spring and Summer schedule, if demand picks up, you'll see a 767 on at least one LAX/SFO frequency. The rest will operate with the 737-700/800 and 757-200 and quite possibly, the 757-300 and even a 737-900.

ContinentalEWR
 
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 2:23 am

The inagural flight from Continental's C-3 concourse was a 777 flight to LAX, it was a one day only flight subsituting for the usual 757.
Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
 
akelley728
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 2:52 am

I think CO is also picking up a few more 767-400s in the next few months (anybody know the delivery schedule?)

Once these are delivered (which were supposed to be the original DC10-30 replacements, you'll see a 767 or two freed up for the transcon runs.
 
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:26 am

Strickerje, I thought that AF replaced the A340 this summer with the 772.
 
globaldude
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:27 am

Supposed to be 2 767-400 a month for the next 5 months. There is rumored to be 2 777's coming in a few months. Summer schedule has DUB,GLA, SNN all being flown on them. Assume 2nd CDG will be also.

The 757-300 will not be doing transcon. FL mostly.
 
strickerje
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RE: Continental Constantly Chaning A/C!

Wed Jan 02, 2002 4:17 am

According to DL's (AF partner) website, DL operates a 777-200 from CDG-CVG until March 2002, then goes to a 767-300. At the beginning of the summer, AF adds its own 767-300 to that route. That's according to the website now, and since our trip isn't until May 2002, it'll probably change again before then... I'm hoping that AF will put one of its new A330-200's on that route, as they are doing to some of their 767-300 routes such as BOS and YYZ. I'll just have to wait, I suppose.

I got a bit off the subject there, didn't I?  Big grin But apparently, all airlines change their a/c unexpectedly, and I would guess that most passengers don't care. (Too bad that for me, the aircraft type is the only reason I fly!)