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CO Returns To Jamaica

Fri May 10, 2002 2:21 pm

Continental will resume flights to Jamaica after an 11-12 year absence. The service will be from EWR-MBJ-KGN and back to EWR. This service will be operated by a B737-800 and should begin in the summer (possibly).

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Originally this service was slated to begin in Dec, 2001 from JFK -MBJ+KGN using a B757, however was cancelled due to Sept. 11.

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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Fri May 10, 2002 3:55 pm

Um....why would CO have initiated international service out of JFK?
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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Fri May 10, 2002 8:43 pm

I think he meant EWR.
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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Fri May 10, 2002 10:07 pm

The initial decision to operate out of JFK was based upon the huge passenger load from there. A CO rep..was quoted as saying they wanted to give travellers a third option to AA and JM.

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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Fri May 10, 2002 11:58 pm

Old news. I doubt CO would operate daily from JFK to Jamaica. AA and JM have the route covered and it would be the ideal utilization of a 757. JM used to fly out of Newark, not sure if they still do and CO does compete with AA out of Newark on some Caribbean routes, although not to Jamaica.

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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Sat May 11, 2002 6:23 am

From Continental's website http://www.continental.com

Continental Airlines Announces Daily Service Between New York and Two Jamaican Cities

HOUSTON, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today
announced it will inaugurate a daily flight from New York to Montego Bay and
Kingston, Jamaica, beginning December 13, 2001, subject to government
approval.
"Adding Montego Bay and Kingston to our international network will bring
us to 49 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Pete Garcia,
staff vice president for Sales and Marketing, Caribbean and Latin America.
"With this new service we are making Continental a stronger airline in the
region by providing more options for both leisure and business customers."
Continental's New York flight will depart from Newark International
Airport at 9:00 a.m., arrive in Montego Bay at 12:40 p.m. and continue to
Kingston at 1:30 p.m, arriving at 2:05 p.m. The return flight will depart
from Kingston at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in New York at 6:45 p.m. The airline
will operate a Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped with 14 first class and 141
economy class seats.
As the No. 2 U.S. carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean, Continental
serves 20 countries and 49 cities in the region, offering more than 600 weekly
flights.
Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
more than 2,200 departures daily to 136 domestic and 92 international
destinations. Operating hubs in Newark, Houston, Cleveland and Guam,
Continental (http://www.continental.com) serves more international cities than any
other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas,
Europe and Asia.
Continental was named the 2001 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World,
as well as the 1996 Airline of the Year, making it the only carrier to receive
this honor twice in five years. Continental is in the top quarter of Fortune
magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and is ranked the
nation's No. 1 airline in customer satisfaction for long and short-haul
flights by Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power and Associates. Continental
has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin (Conde Nast
Traveler, OAG, Entrepreneur and SmartMoney magazines), OnePass frequent flyer
program (InsideFlyer's Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management
(FORTUNE magazine).

SOURCE Continental Airlines, Inc.



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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Sat May 11, 2002 6:25 am

Here's the announcement about the new start up date, from EWR. The flights always have been from EWR, they never planned any flight s to Jamaica from JFK.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020408/dam028_1.html
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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Sat May 11, 2002 7:50 am

The EWR-Jamaica flight was always to operate with a 738 and was planned for last year and then dropped before it even began with the 9/11 cutbacks........its now back in CO's plans as correctly stated above with a winter 2002 start date. Should do well I think.

Question......the post says that CO will return to Jamaica after an 11-12 year absence; did CO every fly scheduled service to Jamaica before? I was not aware of that. Any information?
 
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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Sat May 11, 2002 8:49 am

I think they should operate the flight to MBJ and KIN separately, they would do well on both routes. The flight to MBJ mainly caters to tourists while the KIN flight mainly caters to Jamaican nationals going back home. There are alot of New Yorkers that like to go to Jamaica to visit ,and tourists mainly fly into MBJ while there is a big Jamaican expat community in New York and most of them fly into KIN . In my opinion they would do well if they operate a EWR-KIN flight and a EWR-MBJ flight.
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RE: CO Returns To Jamaica

Sat May 11, 2002 9:03 am

CO operated flights to both Kingston and Montego Bay from EWR between '88-'95 or '96.

They also had a IAH-Montego Bay flight briefly in '89.
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