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Continental Airlines Announces Daily Nonstop Service Between New York and Cologne, Germany
Flights to Begin in May 2006
YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE
: CAL) today announced it will launch daily nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Cologne, Germany, starting on May 10, 2006, pending government approval. This will be the first scheduled service between the U.S. and Cologne since 1990.
Continental flight CO110 will depart New York/Newark daily at 6:45 p.m. and arrive in Cologne at 8:10 a.m. the next day. Flight CO111 will depart Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer Airport daily at 10:35 a.m. and arrive in New York/Newark at 1:20 p.m. the same day. Flying times will be approximately seven hours and 25 minutes eastbound and eight hours and 45 minutes westbound. The frequency of service will be reduced to five flights weekly during the winter to account for the traditional seasonal reduction in demand.
"We continue to develop our New York hub to take advantage of its strategic location," said Jim Summerford, Continental's vice president, Europe, Middle East and India. "Newark Liberty is America's doorway to Europe, and it gives European travelers a breadth of connecting opportunities, which is unrivaled among U.S. hubs."
Continental's Cologne-New York/Newark flights will be operated with a 172- seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, carrying 16 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 156 in economy.
The new flights will feature Continental's renowned BusinessFirst service, which has won the Best Executive/Business Class award at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards in each of the past three years (2005, 2004 and 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 2005 -- for the eighth year running.
This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with 55-inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. Continental is currently upgrading its fleet of 41 Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a brand-new BusinessFirst entertainment system featuring audio and video on demand with touch screen controls, as well as a new in-seat power system. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. A specially selected and trained corps of Concierges provides individualized pre and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 35 key international airports worldwide.
The new service, the only scheduled nonstop trans-Atlantic service from the German city, will link Cologne not only with New York, the world's financial capital and the number one U.S. business and tourism destination, but also -- via Continental's New York hub -- with 170 other cities throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and beyond.
Cologne is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, the largest German Federal State. Twenty million people live within one hour's drive from Cologne. The dynamic Rhine-Ruhr region is one of the central locations in Europe for industry, trade, the economy, science and research. Last year Cologne saw a 30 percent increase in American visitors.
The Cologne flights have 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.
Passengers arriving at Newark Liberty on Continental flights from Cologne 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 427 daily services from Newark Liberty to 170 destinations throughout the Americas and beyond, including 153 served non-stop, in almost all cases without changing terminals.
Cologne will become the 28th city in Continental's trans-Atlantic route network, and its fourth destination in Germany, where it has been operating since 1991. The airline operates a daily Boeing 777 nonstop service between Frankfurt and New York/Newark, and launched daily Boeing 757 nonstop services between both Berlin and Hamburg and New York/Newark earlier this year.
Continental Airlines is the world's sixth-largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 151 domestic and 133 international destinations, more than any other carrier in the world. More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines, which include Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. With over 42,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 60 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.
For the second consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline on its 2005 list of Most Admired Global Companies. Continental was also included in the publication's annual "Top 50" list, which ranks all companies, across a wide variety of industries, that appear in the Global Most Admired Companies issue. Continental again won major awards at the 2005 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Airline of the Year" and "Best Airline Based in North America" for the second consecutive year, and "Best Executive/Business Class" for the third consecutive year. For more company information, visit continental.com .
SOURCE Continental Airlines
CONTACT: Corporate Communications of Continental Airlines, 1-713-324-5080, or email@example.com
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Great news for CGN
furthering their trans-atlantic service.