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CO To Start Mumbai Earlier!

Thu May 10, 2007 1:18 am

Continental Airlines Announces Earlier Start Date for Nonstop New York-Mumbai Service
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HOUSTON, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced it will launch nonstop service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Mumbai, India, earlier than originally planned, following a positive market response to the proposed flights.

Subject to government approval, the service will now begin on October 1, 2007 (eastbound). Continental will initially operate the service four times a week -- departing New York Liberty on Sundays, Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays -- with the frequency increasing to daily service effective October 28, 2007, subject to government approval. In its original announcement in March this year, Continental planned to launch daily service on the route effective October 30, 2007, subject to government approval.

"We have received strong support for the nonstop New York to Mumbai service and are pleased to be able to move up its start date," said Jim Compton, Continental's executive vice president-marketing. "The new service will link America's financial center with the business and entertainment capital of India, and its most populous city. We are confident the service will be a great success."

Continental's New York Liberty-Mumbai flights will be operated by Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The flight schedule will be as follows, subject to government approval:

Flight CO48, will depart New York Liberty on Sunday and Monday at 7:20 p.m., arriving at Mumbai at 7:40 p.m. the next day; on Friday and Saturday, the same flight will depart New York Liberty at 8:00 p.m., arriving at Mumbai at 8:20 p.m. the following day. The return flight CO49 will depart Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 p.m., arriving at New York Liberty at 6:30 a.m. the following day. Flying times will be approximately 14 hours 50 minutes eastbound and 16 hours 15 minutes westbound.

The flight will be timed to provide convenient connections at Continental's New York hub with more than 230 other cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Continental's India flights feature special products and services for Indian customers. A Bollywood movie channel is featured on the inflight entertainment system, with different programming provided in each direction for all customers to access on their individual seat monitors. Movies are in Hindi with English subtitles (when available from the studio). In addition, movies on other channels are programmed with Hindi subtitles (when available from the studio). Traditional Indian music is incorporated in the world music audio channel. Instructional videos, including the safety and arrival video and pre-recorded announcements, are available in Hindi. Menus are available in English and Hindi. Inflight meals, which include Indian vegetarian and Indian non-vegetarian choices, have been designed by Indian chefs based in the U.S. and in India. No beef is served. Local Indian newspapers are available for BusinessFirst customers.

The new flights will feature Continental's renowned BusinessFirst service, which has won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards in each of the past five years (2007, 2006, 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 2006 -- for the 9th year running.

Economy class on the Continental 777 is also exceptionally comfortable and spacious, in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wider-than-usual aisles. Every economy passenger has an individual seatback video screen, as well as an inflight telephone with overwater capability. The aircraft on the Mumbai route also have AC power outlets available to every passenger, with no need for an adapter in order to operate a PC or other approved device.

Continental is in the process of installing Audio/Video on Demand in both the BusinessFirst and economy cabins of its Boeing 777 aircraft. The first two 777s with the new system are already in service, with the remaining 18 777s being progressively retrofitted with the system. The entertainment systems on these aircraft allow customers to choose from more than 250 movies, 300 short-subject programs and 150 compact discs, with a jukebox feature to make individual playlists. In addition, this new entertainment system has 25 video games and the interactive Berlitz World Traveler foreign language program.

Mumbai will be the 30th city in Continental's trans-Atlantic route network. Continental has operated a New York-Delhi nonstop service since 2005.

Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144 domestic and 138 international destinations. More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 44,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 67 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. For more company information, visit continental.com.

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Thu May 10, 2007 1:29 am

Hmmmm... sounds pretty good... Maybe next they will go for BLR. Wonder why did AA Pull out????  no   scratchchin 
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:29 am

What is Bollywood? Is that a typo or am I out of the loop on the latest IFE.
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:29 am

Way to go CO!!!!

Look forward to this. Bollywood, here I come.
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:32 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):
What is Bollywood? Is that a typo or am I out of the loop on the latest IFE.

not necessarily out of the loop on the latest IFE , but definitely out of the loop on one of the worlds biggest film industries - the Indian one which I believe is a contraction of Bombay-Hollywood ( although I suppose that would make it Mollywood these days Mumbai-Hollywood )
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:33 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):
What is Bollywood?

Well.. Bollywood is Simply the Hollywood of India, it actually is a larger film industry than Hollywood....
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:36 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):
What is Bollywood? Is that a typo or am I out of the loop on the latest IFE.

It's the common name used for India's cinema entertainment industry in the Mumbai area. A takeoff of "Hollywood" used to refer to the entire LA-basin cinema entertainment industry, obviously. It's a mashup of Bombay (the old name of the city) and Hollywood. Hence: Bollywood.
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:38 am

what was the original launch date prior to this announcement?
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:52 am

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 7):
what was the original launch date prior to this announcement?



Quoting CLE757 (Thread starter):
In its original announcement in March this year, Continental planned to launch daily service on the route effective October 30, 2007, subject to government approval.
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:53 am

The arrival and departure times out of Mumbai are great. Very civilized arrival time of 7:30 pm and an equally civilized departure time of 11:45 pm. You have dinner at home, get to the airport by 9:45 pm, board and fall asleep, only to awaken in EWR next morning.

Who the hell wants to arrive or depart Mumbai at 2:00 AM when 20 other international flights are all leaving as well?

Quoting JoyA380B747 (Reply 1):
Hmmmm... sounds pretty good... Maybe next they will go for BLR. Wonder why did AA Pull out????

AA haven't pulled out of any existing or planned Indian routes as far as I know.
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Thu May 10, 2007 1:57 am

Quoting JoyA380B747 (Reply 1):
Wonder why did AA Pull out????

AA still flies to DEL. Daily.
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Thu May 10, 2007 4:54 am

Does anyone know exactly where the aircraft come for these flights?

According to CO's PC timetable, FRA-EWR goes from a daily 777 to a 777 X12 and a 764 days 12 effective 11/5.
BRU is scheduled to go back to a daily 764 from a daily 777 effective 11/1.
All other 777's appear daily IAH-NRT/CDG and 2 RT's IAH-LGW..
EWR-CDG/LGW/DEL/PEK/HKG/NRT and 2 RT's EWR-TLV

My guess is that CO will be shortening the maintenance of the fleet a bit by adding the 4 roundtrips in October, then daily in November.
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Thu May 10, 2007 8:48 am

Quoting JoyA380B747 (Reply 1):
Wonder why did AA Pull out????

Its amazing how one line in a Taiwanese newspaper 4 months back has led to persistent rumors of AA doing badly on the ORD-DEL sector and planning to pull out. There has been no official confirmation from AMR, and people who know AA well on this forum have denied such a thing is in the offing. Lets let this thing rest for now.
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 8:56 am

Quoting JoyA380B747 (Reply 1):
Maybe next they will go for BLR

Could be a potential 787 destination... who knows what CO has up their sleeve with these a/c

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 9):
board and fall asleep, only to awaken in EWR next morning.

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I absolutely love late-night red eye flights for this reason. Dinner at home, and generally airports are much less of a hastle late at night than during the day. I flew IAH-CDG on AF in January, departing at 10:20pm and security/check in was a breeze compared to the usual 3-5pm bottle-neck when all of the other intl. flights depart
 
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Thu May 10, 2007 10:25 am

You are not going to see EWR-BLR with a 772ER as it's 450 miles longer than EWR-BOM, which will be scheduled at 16:15 westbound.
It would seem to be a shoe-in for a 787-8 or 787-9 based on range estimates. However, someone on a.net has stated that the 787 will have more payload restictions than the 772ER at such stage lengths.
I sure hope the 787 lives up to the advertised range as it will be a great aircraft for CO on routes like EWR-BLR, EWR-JNB, EWR-PVG, EWR-HKG and even IAH-SYD, , etc. etc. With the economics and slightly smaller size, the long haul routes can easily consume all of CO's 787 deliveries.
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Thu May 10, 2007 11:00 am

What is the usual timetable for getting government approval?
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Thu May 10, 2007 2:35 pm

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):
What is Bollywood? Is that a typo or am I out of the loop on the latest IFE



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 3):
Bollywood, here I come.

Hooray for Bollywood!! My favourites are Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salam Damaste.
Congrats to CO, sounds like a good service to me
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Thu May 10, 2007 4:00 pm

Excellent news and shows that there's a good potential for non-stop flights on the India-USA sector. The timings are Brilliant - arrival at BOM at 19:30 means that there's a good chance to catch a later domestic flight to other cities in India.

Slightly OT - I continue to be surprised by UA and their consistent refusal to look at the market in India. Being a *A flier, I would have much preferred if these were additional non-stops being launched by UA  Smile!

I can't wait for CO to start non-stops to other cities in India - possibly using their 787 a/c.
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Thu May 10, 2007 9:39 pm

Quoting Halophila (Reply 16):
Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salam Damaste.

Yeah good ones, but I think you mean Salam Namaste?
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Fri May 11, 2007 12:58 am

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 7):
what was the original launch date prior to this announcement?

October 30th 2007
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Fri May 11, 2007 1:06 am

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 14):
You are not going to see EWR-BLR with a 772ER as it's 450 miles longer than EWR-BOM, which will be scheduled at 16:15 westbound.
It would seem to be a shoe-in for a 787-8 or 787-9 based on range estimates. However, someone on a.net has stated that the 787 will have more payload restictions than the 772ER at such stage lengths.
I sure hope the 787 lives up to the advertised range as it will be a great aircraft for CO on routes like EWR-BLR, EWR-JNB, EWR-PVG, EWR-HKG and even IAH-SYD, , etc. etc. With the economics and slightly smaller size, the long haul routes can easily consume all of CO's 787 deliveries.

Anyone know if CO has any plans to acquire the 772LR? DL has been quite successful on JFK-BOM, but this route and CO's forthcoming EWR--BOM routes push the 772ER to the max' especially on the westbound leg. DL frequently must make tech/fuel stops at MAN before hopping the Atlantic pond.
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Fri May 11, 2007 2:28 am

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 20):
Anyone know if CO has any plans to acquire the 772LR?

As of now, I dont think they do. I imagine that they would have announced it by now if they were going to, but I dont know. I think the 787 will do just fine for them especially since they are going to aquire alot of them.
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Fri May 11, 2007 2:54 am

this is great news... now i have another option to go to BOM non-stop. and CO is def. better than DL in terms of service etc...
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 3:10 am

Why such an early departure from EWR?
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 3:40 am

Quoting DiscoverCSG (Reply 23):
Why such an early departure from EWR?

It's not early. It is great for those who have completed business for the day and then off to BOM. DEL leaves at 2045. CO did a great job setting up the times, both directions.

As a comparison, DL's flight from JFK leaves at 2135, still a respectable hour.
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Fri May 11, 2007 5:34 am

Quoting EmiratesCPH (Reply 18):
Yeah good ones, but I think you mean Salam Namaste?

I stand corrected, sorry!
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Fri May 11, 2007 9:52 am

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 11):
Does anyone know exactly where the aircraft come for these flights?

Continental just took delivery of a new 777-200ER, and they will take delivery of another in a couple of months.

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EWR-LGW
EWR-DEL
EWR-BOM
EWR-PEK
EWR-HKG
EWR-NRT
2x EWR-TLV

13 daily flights with a fleet of 20 777-200ERs. That is impressive utilization.
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 10:16 am

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 14):
However, someone on a.net has stated that the 787 will have more payload restictions than the 772ER at such stage lengths.

No chance of that vs. the 777-200ER. Vs. a 777-200LR, maybe true.

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Fri May 11, 2007 10:34 am

Quoting Kaitak744 (Reply 26):

we are all done taking delivery of new 777 a/c.............next up for widebody a/c is the 787
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 12:01 pm

Quoting CALMSP (Reply 28):
we are all done taking delivery of new 777 a/c.............next up for widebody a/c is the 787

Is there a set date for CO to recieve their first 787?
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Fri May 11, 2007 12:18 pm

Quoting CALMSP (Reply 28):
we are all done taking delivery of new 777 a/c

Saw her taxiing around this past weekend at EWR. Looked so much cleaner/shinier than her sister ships.
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 12:31 pm

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 11):
My guess is that CO will be shortening the maintenance of the fleet a bit by adding the 4 roundtrips in October, then daily in November

That's my guess as well. Wait for an a/c to go tech and the canx will start...
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 12:43 pm

Quoting CALMSP (Reply 28):
we are all done taking delivery of new 777 a/c.............next up for widebody a/c is the 787

As of 2006, Continental had 18 777-200ERs. As of the end of 2007, they will have 20 777-200ERs. The 19th is already delivered. I thought the 20th was supposed to be delivered later this year? Airfleets shows 19 777-200ERs in service with CO.
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 1:00 pm

The 20th should be here in time to start EWR-BOM.
 
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Fri May 11, 2007 1:09 pm

"Continental took delivery of its 19th Boeing 777 aircraft in the first quarter and, earlier this week, took delivery of its 20th and final Boeing 777 aircraft."

This statement was made in the conference call for the first quarter of 2007 held on April 19.

source: Continental Airlines
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