Continental ordered the 777 in 1993, as part of a 100 aircraft order from Boeing that included 50 or so 737-500's and 35 757's. This was part of the first order for new planes from Continental since its second emergence from bankruptcy in 1993.
Continental originally ordered something like 11 777's and then increased it to 14, then leased two more. Today, there are 16 in service. Here are the routes flown:
Newark to Rome, Paris, London/Gatwick, Manchester, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo, Japan. For the London, Paris, and Rome flights, only one of the flights to each city operates with a 777. The second daily Rome flight is flown with a DC10, and this additional flight will be discontinued in a month as it is seasonal. A DC10 is used on one of two Paris and London flights. Both will soon be replaced with a 764. Both Tel Aviv flights operate with the 777.
From Houston, the 777 operates both Gatwick flights, the CDG flight, and the Tokyo/Narita service.
Continental's 777's are GE powered. They seat 54 BusinessFirst and 245 in the Economy section. Layout is 2-2-2 in BusinessFirst, and 3-3-3 in Economy. The planes are concentrated at Newark. The first 777 was delivered in November 1998 and the first international route for the 777 on Continental was Newark to Tokyo. The very first revenue CO 777 operated LAX-IAH-EWR.
777's are also used on one or two flights between IAH and EWR and sometimes from LAX to IAH.
Speculation has mounted that CO will order additional triple 7's.