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CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 3:15 am

Press Release Source: Continental Airlines


Continental Airlines to Inaugurate Service Between Houston/Hobby and New York, Cleveland Hubs
Monday February 9, 12:54 pm ET


HOUSTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL - News) today announced it will inaugurate nonstop service beginning Sept. 8 between Hobby Airport in Houston and its hubs in New York and Cleveland.
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Once-daily nonstop service to and from Newark Liberty International Airport and twice-daily service to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will link those hubs with the airport serving Houston's south side. Hobby-Liberty services will be operated by 104-seat Boeing 737 aircraft, while Hobby-Cleveland Hopkins services will be operated by 50-seat Embraer regional jet aircraft.

"These new flights will offer convenient service to those who live or do business in Houston's south side and the surrounding suburbs, as well as convenient connections at our New York and Cleveland hubs to those Northeast and Midwest cities not currently served nonstop from our Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport," said a Continental spokesperson.

Continental's daily nonstop from Houston/Hobby to New York will depart at 7:15 a.m. and arrive at Liberty Airport at 11:46 a.m. The return flight will depart Liberty at 6 p.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:58 p.m.

From Houston/Hobby to Cleveland, the first daily flight will depart to at 6:30 a.m., arriving at Hopkins Airport at 10:15 a.m. The second flight will depart Hobby at 2 p.m. and arrive at Hopkins at 5:45 p.m. The first return flight will depart Cleveland/Hopkins at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at Hobby at 11:35 a.m. The second flight will depart Hopkins at 8:30 p.m. and arrive at 10:35 p.m.

Continental Airlines, with its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, offers more nonstop flights to more cities from the New York area than any other airline in the world. The airline operates nearly 400 daily all-jet departures from Liberty International to more than 140 cities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and Asia, with additional services from LaGuardia, Kennedy and White Plains airports.

Continental's hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport offers more than 250 daily flights to 80 cities.

Continental Airlines is the world's seventh-largest airline with more than 2,300 daily departures to 126 domestic and 101 international destinations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. With 42,000 mainline employees, the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 51 million passengers per year. FORTUNE ranks Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, an honor it has earned for six consecutive years. FORTUNE ranked the company highest among major U.S. carriers in the quality of its service and products, and No. 2 on its list of Most Admired Global Airlines in 2003. For more company information, visit continental.com.
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COEWRNJ
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 3:19 am

Great news for CO.. Between this, the new Mexican destinations from IAH and the Sat only EWR-ABQ CO is getting better and better. Gotta Love CO!!  Smile

Off topic a bit but last time they flew to HOU from EWR didn't it start right around the same time and then get axed about two weeks after the start date due to 9/11?


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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 6:33 am

COEWRNJ...
I think you are right about it getting axed right around the time of 9/11.
On the other hand, what great news today about CO. It definitely looks like things are looking better and better for Continental!!
Hope to hear some new international destinations soon also. From IAH of course.
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 6:38 am

I must say that I find this surprising. While the HOU-IAH "rivalry" is nothing compared to the DFW-DAL dispute, I thought CO was pretty committed to IAH. In addition, their ERJ operation from EFD to IAH was designed as a convenience to passengers in Galveston and south Houston. HOU and EFD aren't all that far apart, so I am surprised that this new service is launching. Given the proximity to downtown, however, I would bed that the HOU-EWR service grows to 3-4 daily flights.
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 6:43 am

I wouldn't be surprised either if the EWR-HOU flight grows to be a few daily. I think when they started it last time it was twice daily. I to hope they announce new international destinations in the near future, but unlike COIAH99 I would like to see them from EWR.  Big thumbs up Anyway great news..
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:10 am

Wont last. WN will drive them out. If you live in Houston, it is worth the extra drive to get to IAH to catch a flight to EWR. The only reason I see them making this move is b/c HOU is closer to downtown. Still, if your a prominant business person, a limo or cab ride from IAH to dtwn wont be any problem.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:13 am

Oh grand, another pair of RJs for us. Almost makes it not worth it.
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:16 am

>>WN will drive them out. <<

How so? WN doesn't fly between the Houston and New York markets.... and don't give me Islip either. EWR and ISP don't serve the same market.

Does WN fly non-stop btw HOU and CLE?
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:19 am

WN does not fly HOU-CLE nonstop...
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:21 am

WN won't drive them out of HOU-EWR. This new service is pretty much solely O&D, and it will attract CO frequent flyers, especially in south Houston. Who knows how long CLE will last, but I'd count on HOU-EWR staying for a while. I do wonder if CO will restart the HOU-IAH shuttle, which used to operate alongside the EFD-IAH shuttle with an EMB-120.
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:26 am

The CLE-HOU might be a CO move to prevent WN's entry in the CLE-HOU sector. This is just my speculation.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:30 am

It wont work. CO will do more in IAH than it will in HOU. Leave HOU to WN. And if CO wanted to prevent WN from serving CLE, believe me it could with out serving flights from HOU-CLE.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:50 am

Considering WN hasn't added any service to Cleveland in years (OK maybe a once a week flight here and there), and in fact taken away service (last time I checked, BWI went down one as did STL), I don't think CO is losing any sleep over CLE-HOU service.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:39 am

This service is also being offered to continue service to the south side of Houston. As of Septmber 8, Ellington will no longer have Continental service. The Hobby service will enable the south side frequent flier members access into the CO system without the drive.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:41 am

Why are they axeing EFD?
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:44 am

Jetskipper:
Where did you get your information about them exiting EFD? I just looked at CO's timetable and they are still showing it through December.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:34 am

Sonic shows the last day of EFD service on September 7th.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:38 am

This isn't exciting news for CLE fans, another ERJ!! That pushes the total to about 150 a day!
More international flights out of CLE, not regional!!!! Bring in those wide bodies!!(we have no wide bodies at all!!)
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:38 am

I just did a search on Continental.com for EFD flights after Sept. 10. No results were found.

It's too bad if these rumors turn out to be true. I know people in the area who pretty much depend on that service, and they say their flights are always full. Then again, they don't pay anything extra for it, so it could be costing CO (or ExpressJet, I guess) quite a bit of cash. Glad I don't live in Galveston -- I'd hate a 2-3 hour drive to IAH in Houston traffic!
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:47 am

What does this mean for Southwest? Hopefully this is not going to recreate the battle between Southwest and Braniff for this airport Big grin
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:50 am

CO has flown into Hobby from EWR on and off a couple times since '89, I know I flew from LAX to EWR via HOU back in '89.

The flight from LAX-HOU was a 737-300 and the flight from HOU-EWR was a 727-200.

This makes sense because of a couple of reasons, one of which is the fact that it makes it easier for CO to get 737s into their main heavy Maintenance base at Hobby.

Hobby is the heavy maintenance base for CO 737s and less M80s, they have been non-reving aircraft over from IAH for years. Now they can get some revenue off these flights, and it's easier to rotate EWR based Aircraft through to Hobby.

This is the only photo I could find of CO's Hobby heavy maintenance base:





[Edited 2004-02-10 01:58:05]
Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 2:41 pm

This is a surprise to me. I haven't heard anything about CO coming to HOU. I work at HOU. Haven't heard anything. No where for them to park neither.
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 2:51 pm

yes, EFD is being shut down, all the employees are actually being offered the transfer to HOU.
 
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RE: CO Trying HOU Again!

Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:51 pm

This is truly sad--every time I fly EFD those ERJs are full, the added miles and free parking will be missed.
Perhaps this will show a commitment to Hobby flying.
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