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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ANNOUNCES DAILY NON-STOP
SERVICE BETWEEN OSLO AND NEW
OSLO, February 24, 2004 – Continental Airlines, the world’s seventh largest airline, today announced it will launch daily non-stop Boeing 757 flights between Oslo and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, effective June 18, 2004 (westbound), subject to government approval.
The new service, the only scheduled non-stop transatlantic service from Oslo, will link the capital of Norway with the world’s financial capital. Oslo will become the 19th city, and Norway the 12th country, in Continental’s transatlantic route network and the airline’s only Scandinavian destination.
“It gives us great pride and pleasure to bring our award-winning service to Oslo and the Norwegian market,” said Jim Summerford, Continental's Vice President – International. “By providing non-stop service to New York and quick and easy connections to destinations beyond throughout the Americas, we will be able to offer convenient travel options to our Norwegian customers, as well as to visitors to Norway."
Nic Nilsen, Managing Director of Oslo Airport, said: “I am delighted that Continental will be flying to Oslo. The New York route is a very important one for us and Continental’s plans fit well with our long-term strategy.”
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Continental's Oslo-New York/Newark flights will be operated with a 172-seat Boeing 757 aircraft, carrying 16 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 156 in Economy.
Flight CO39 will depart Oslo daily at 11:15 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 1:50 p.m. the same day. The return flight, CO38, will depart New York/Newark at 8:00 p.m., arriving at Oslo at 9:45 a.m. the next day. Flying time will be approximately eight hours 35 minutes westbound and seven hours 45 minutes eastbound.
Over the next few months, Continental will hire staff for its ground operations
at Oslo. The exact number of positions to be filled has yet to be finalised.
The new route has been conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark
with an extensive network of service throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Latin America. Continental is the only major airline to operate a hub in the New York City metropolitan area – Newark Liberty International Airport. Located just 25 kilometres from downtown Manhattan, Liberty International offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. One-way fares between Liberty International and New York Penn Station are $11.55 on NJ
Transit and $23 on Amtrak and journey time is less than 30 minutes.
Passengers arriving at Liberty International on Continental flights from Oslo will be able to use exclusive immigration and customs facilities in Terminal C3
, Continental’s Global Gateway, and connect quickly and easily with Continental's 396
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daily services from Liberty International to 170 destinations throughout the Americas and beyond, including 141 served non-stop, in almost all cases without changing terminals.
The new flights will feature Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service, which won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2003, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst was also voted Best Transatlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Business Travel Awards 2003 – for the 6th year running.
This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with 55
inch pitch/140-cm pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. A specially selected and trained corps of more than 200 Concierges provides individualised pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 21 key international airports worldwide.
Continental Airlines (NYAS
Air Limited (Kenya)">SE: CAL), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is the world’s seventh-largest airline and has more than 2,300 daily departures. With 126 domestic and 101 international destinations, Continental has the broadest global route network of any U.S. airline, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 51 million passengers per year on the newest jet fleet among major U.S. airlines. With 42,000 mainline employees, Continental is one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.
In Europe and the Middle East, Continental serves 17 cities in 11 countries,
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operating up to 161 departures weekly to its U.S. gateway hubs at New York/Newark, Houston and Cleveland, with onward connections to cities throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental was named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World in both 2001 and 1996, making it the only carrier to receive this honour twice in five years. Continental’s BusinessFirst won the Best Executive/Business Class award at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2003. Continental’s alliance carriers in Europe and the Middle East include Air Europa, Emirates, FlyBE (British European), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Maersk Air, TAP Air Portugal and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
For more information, visit continental.com.
Issued by Oslo Lufthavn AS
on behalf of Continental Airlines, Inc.
For more information, contact Continental Airlines Corporate Communications in London (+44 1293 827459) or Houston (+1 713 324 5080).