2010-05-27 08:06:42 UTC
Continental currently serves nonstop from Houston, and will become the
26th destination in Continental's Pacific network. Continental serves
more destinations in the Pacific region than any other U.S. carrier.
Continental will be one of just three airlines flying nonstop between
North America and New Zealand. At approximately 7,400 miles, the new
route will be the longest from Continental's Houston hub. Continental
plans to operate the route on a daily basis, with five-times-weekly
service during certain periods in the first year of operation.
On May 3, Continental announced that it has agreed to merge with
United Airlines in a merger of equals to create the world's leading
airline. The success of the Houston-Auckland route will be enhanced by
the additional traffic flows through Houston that are expected to
result from the merger.
First 787 Route Announcement
Continental is the first airline in the world to formally announce
specific, initial route plans for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The
airline has firm orders for 25 Dreamliners. The 787 is a new-
technology composite aircraft with lower operating costs, better
environmental performance and an improved cabin environment for
customer comfort. Deliveries to Continental are expected to begin in
August 2011. The aircraft will have 228 seats, including 36 of
Continental's new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats for the best rest on
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