surrenr
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Upcoming Continental Flights

Sun Apr 20, 2003 10:10 pm

Hey all,

I just have a question. I am going to be flying from TPE-CLE this coming January. I booked tickets on continental.com. I will be flying Continental Micronesia from TPE- GUM. I will then hop aboard CO Flt 2 from GUM to Houston. The itinary said that this plane stops in HNL. I will then board a MD-80 flight to Cleveland. Now my question is what aircract will I be flying on on all the routes? What happens if the times change since this is about 8 months away? How long is the stop over in Honolulu? What is Guam airport like? I can't find this information anywhere.

Thanks
Ryan
 
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Sun Apr 20, 2003 10:16 pm

I'm assuming TPE-GUM is probably a 738, and GUM-IAH is a 764 on your itinerary.
 
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Sun Apr 20, 2003 10:16 pm

If you are flying from TPE to CLE, you will certainly be making multiple stops. The TPE-GUM segment will most likely be on a 737-800. The GUM-IAH flight via HNL will be flown on a 767-400 for the GUM-HNL segment. From HNL to IAH, you will either be on a 767-400 or a 777. The final segment from IAH to CLE will probably not be on an MD80. There are only 11 of them still flying in the CO fleet, the rest of the 66 strong MD80 fleet is parked in the desert or flying with some other carrier. As Continental seeks to continue cutting costs and capacity, the MD80's will probably be gone by year's end.

If the scheduled flight times change, Continental will notify you, either via e-mail or by phone, depending on what information they have in the reservation.

Never been to GUM or HNL. IAH is a huge airport, very 70's in its architecture, lots of concrete slabs, large, long concourses, not much in the way of retail but it is clean and efficient. It just isn't nearly as nice as the CO terminals at EWR. The CLE hub in Terminal C is narrow but relatively nice. Again, not much in the way of retail, just a basic terminal with a President's Club and little else. The commuter terminal, D, is much nicer and it is newer. The current Terminal C was remodeled in 1990-91.

Now, for your aircrafts, the 737-800 is comfortable, nice, with high curved ceilings. I don't know how long the flight is from TPE to GUM, but I have flown the -800 several times cross-country in the USA and it's fine for a 5-6 hour flight. The 767-400 and 777 are wonderful machines. The MD80 in CO fleet is OK, nothing special, but you will fly on clean aircraft with good service and a reliable schedule.

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surrenr
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Sun Apr 20, 2003 10:18 pm

I just looked at my reservations that I got in my email and it said that the HNL - IAH is a 767-400. The TPE - GUM is 3 hours and it is the 737-800. The IAH to CLE does say MD-80.
 
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Sun Apr 20, 2003 11:12 pm

The final segment from IAH to CLE will probably not be on an MD80. There are only 11 of them still flying in the CO fleet, the rest of the 66 strong MD80 fleet is parked in the desert or flying with some other carrier.

This is true, but, as of right now, CO flies two MD80's between CLE-IAH among the 6 daily nonstops between the 2 hubs, so there is a chance the MD80's could still be around even then. But right now, schedules that far away are basically "generic" schedules, and are definitely subject to change.
 
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Mon Apr 21, 2003 6:12 am

When Continental posted a large loss for 1Q03, it included a large write down for the MD80 fleet. Continental cited the need to cut costs further and to cut staff to avoid Chapter 11 and adjust to the current environment. As such, CO would probably end MD80 service, layoff the pilots who fly them, machinists who maintain them, and all the other support required to maintain such a small fleet. Continental anyway wants to standardize its fleet around the 737, 757, 767, and 777. The MD80's were slated to go long before 9/11, but not at such an accelerated rate. The original plan was to replace them 1:1 with 737-800's.

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surrenr
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RE: Upcoming Continental Flights

Mon Apr 21, 2003 9:21 am

Just a question. How long is the stop over in HNL and where will I go through US customs? GUM, HNL, IAH?