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Quick - Did Continental Serve China In The 1970s?

Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:49 am

QUICK question-
Did Continental serve China in the 1970s? Have they EVER served China before this past spring (2005)?
PLEASE help me to settle a dispute...
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RE: Quick - Did Continental Serve China In The 1970s?

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:05 am

I don't believe so--not regular scheduled service to mainland China, at least. Unless it was some sort of charter, like the time they sent an Air Mike 737 (in CO colors) to Hainan to pick up the crew of that P-3 that got hit by a Chinese fighter.

In fact, I don't believe any U.S. airline operated regular service to mainland China during the 1970s. Pan Am was the first to resume flights, in 1981.
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RE: Quick - Did Continental Serve China In The 1970s?

Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:37 pm

a bit  offtopic  but I recall a Pan Am delegate at some meeting, or another, saying in all seriousness. "There is only one China, and Pan Am flies to both of them"

There is a story, probably an urban myth, about Canadian Pacific's first, and only flight into Shanghai. The Maoists were marching to the airport as the aircraft was preparing for departure. The CP official, who was leaving on that flight, offered a seat to the NorthWest Orient station manager. Apparently the station manager said, no thanks - this will blow over in a couple of weeks! He didn't get out for 10 years.
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RE: Quick - Did Continental Serve China In The 1970s?

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:46 pm

AirMike served TPE via GUM but CO never served mainland China until Nov. 1st of this year.

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