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CO's Growth At EWR

Fri Oct 20, 2000 11:27 pm

Here is a link to an interesting article about CO and EWR terminal improvements.

I found Brenemann's comments that the only way to grow at EWR was with larger capacity aircraft. Any ideas what routes would get these?
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RE: CO's Growth At EWR

Fri Oct 20, 2000 11:37 pm

Continental is doing a fantastic job of making its Newark hub as efficient as possible, given the lack of room for growth and the air traffic situation there.
Of the three New York area airports, Newark is probably the best operational

I recently passed through some of the newly completed areas of the Global
Gateway project, including the new 777 Holding Room, which forms the new
entrance to gates C121-C123 and the oversized President's Club adjacent
to these gates.

As for the use of larger capacity aircraft out of Newark, I believe many of
the 767-400's and 767-200's will be operating from EWR but Continental
has shielded itself from losses on North Atlantic routes by using the 757
on thinner margin routes, quite successfully.

Look for more flights to Europe, possibly Scandinavia, Athens, and Cairo,
seasonals to Barcelona and perhaps Moscow year round. Buenos Aires, if
it gets the route authority and a resumption of Santiago, Chile flights w/
767-400's nonstop is a possibility.

Continental may also start using more 757's again on transcons out of
Newark as the 767's arrive, particularly on heavily travelled LAX and SFO
and SEA, reducing frequencies but offering perhaps more seats with the
odd 767 flight thrown in as an extension of a Europe or Latin American

Continental should not, however, ignore the strategic importance of the
Houston hub and should grow there too. Houston has fewer weather
delays and once the upgrades by HAS are done, Houston should be
able to cope with additional growth.

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RE: CO's Growth At EWR

Sat Oct 21, 2000 12:32 am

They (Continental) have announced their plans to serve 30 or more trans-Atlantic routes in the next four to five years.

Recently they had a press release detailing their Asian growth strategy,Greg Brenneman basically stated that they would add one Asian route from EWR each year.Hong Kong starts in March or April,the next route after that should be EWR-KIX which they already have the authority.The others mentioned were Seoul,Taipei,and possibly Shanghai,Bangkok,and Singapore.

I would expect some more orders for 777s real soon,right now they have 18 or 20 777s in house or on order,24 767-400s three of which they now have and 10 767-200s(which I suspect will be increased to about 15).Also there's a possible upcoming order for a longer range 757-200 (757-200ERX) to reach secondary Central European cities like Basel or Oslo

Domestic wise they recently placed an order for 15 757-300s the first of which should arrive by the fourth quarter of '01,these would be used on routes such as EWR-MCO,FLL,TPA,PBI,LAS,LAX,SFO and IAH.Thus freeing up 757-200s already on those routes to replace 737-800s on other routes.

Also starting in '01 they will begin taking delivery of the first of 15 737-900s(the largest 737 to date),the 737-900s and 757-300s will replace 757-200s,which then will replace 737-800s,which will then replace M80s.Thus adding to capacity at EWR without having to add many more flights.
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RE: CO's Growth At EWR

Sat Oct 21, 2000 1:55 am

Very interesting article. Continental may well develop international and transcon traffic more heavily at Newark, with larger planes, and let that development squeeze more CO domestic traffic in the region to Cleveland.

I'd look for CO also to use the the larger planes/ fewer frequencies strategy on intra-Northeast CO Express routes (SYR, ROC, ALB etc). Cut departures to about four or five a day in most markets, enough to meet business travelers' basic schedule but freeing up more landing slots for more lucrative transcon/ transatl flights. Larger ERJ's replace ATR's.

They've already done this at ROC where they used to have one 737 plus six ATR's daily to Newark. Now they have one 737 plus three or four larger ERJ-145's. No complaints at ROC--business travelers still get vital breakfast, lunch, dinner, and mid-eve departures, and all jets to boot. The 737 has also moved from early AM to late afternoon--where it can feed Europe flights.

And the ATR's are replacing smaller Brasilias on the ROC-CLE routes.

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