With apologies and respect to artysman, 777gk and every other CO
employee: FlyerTalk's jiburi, not me, authored this but I thought it was so damn funny I just had to share:
Continental's low fare carrier, "Con" unmasked
Houston, January 9/PRNewswire-FirstCall/--Continental Airlines (NYSE
:CAL) today unveiled Con, in the form of an 757-300, as the first aircraft in the company's new low-fare fleet. Con's debut in its new Newark and Houston hub officially put a "face" to the much-reputed Continental name.
"Today we are further differentiating Continental as a carrier that delivers a quality travel experience for people who want more than they get from a cut-rate carrier." said Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune. "Customers who pay low fares account for insignificant part of our revenue, and we want to show our appreciation for their business by giving them less for their money. We have already reduced the mileage earned toward the Elite status for our low fare travelers, and are now in the process of removing 12 first class seats from our 757-300 aircrafts. Our expanded coach class cabins have always been key reasons for our best customers to
Con offers a compelling alternative to the current crop of the low-fare carriers. As a full-fledged member of the Continental family, Con will offer complete connectivity and semless travel on all Continental offerings -- Continental mainline, Contiental Express and Continental's marketing partners.
Con will begin flying customers in January 2004, and by February, all of Continental's 757-300 will be reconfigured to 12 First Class seats and 210 coach seats. There will be 25 daily Con flights offering service from Newark and Houston to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and to select west coast markets.
Con pricing structure is simple, with just 19 fare types.
Tickets go on sale today online at continental.com and all of Continental's regular distrubition channels. News release and other information about Continental can be found at the company's web site at www.continental.com.