Continental Airlines (CO)
Continental Airlines is one of the world’s largest airlines. Continental sees more than 2,750 daily departures from its different hub airports throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Their main base is at Houston’s largest airport, George Bush International Airport. Continental Airlines ended its partnership with SkyTeam to begin a new one with Star Alliance, which offers seamless flight transfers for its passengers between codeshare airlines. In the media, Continental’s slogan is “Work Hard, Fly Right.”
- IATA code: CO
- Number of serviced cities: 140 destinations
- Main hub: George Bush International Airport (IAH)
- Alliance: Star Alliance
- Fleet: 346 aircrafts
- Loyalty rewards program: OnePass
History of Continental Airlines
Starting out in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines in El Paso, Continental has just one plane that could carry only four passengers. In the early years, they were carrying more airmail than actual passengers. During the Second World War, Continental converted some of its now larger fleet, into aircrafts suitable for use by the United States Army Air Force. Continental Airlines’ services were needed again during the Vietnam War for transporting troops and cargo to the Asian and Pacific bases. Creating history in 1963, Continental hired the first African-American pilot to work for any major airline company in North America. In 1969 Continental finally achieved one of its long-time goals and launched cheap flights to Honolulu from Los Angeles. After some internal struggles in the company and a file for bankruptcy in the 1980’s, Continental rebounded and introduced its first services to Europe with direct and cheap flights to London. Continental Airlines emerged from a second bankruptcy only with the help of Air Canada. From this point forward Continental excelled, adding new routes to Asia and joining an airline alliance.
Travel with: practical information
- Meals: Continental Airlines’ meals are designed by a group of a dozen chefs. They employ as well a group of sommeliers to aid in the pairing and choosing of wines to match their menus. On flights less than 3 hours in length there is a beverage and a light snack provided. For longer flights, a hot meal is served.
- Entertainment: Most aircrafts have individual screens on which new and classic films are shown. As well radio, music and games are available. Off-screen, there is an in-flight magazine.
- Cabin: One bag is permitted, no larger than 56 x 35 x 22cm plus one personal item which should be no larger than 43 x 25 x 22cm.
- Checked: Passengers in Economy class can bring 1 piece of luggage no heavier than 23kg free of charge.
- Excess: Save money by pre-purchasing excess baggage online. At the airport, the prices vary depending on the departure city and destination city.
Discounts and Special Offers
Children under the age of 2 can travel free of charge on the lap of their accompanying adult. If there is more than one child, the second must purchase a ticket at a reduced rate in the USA. On all international flights, infants need a ticket as well. There is a 5% discount available to all US Military Veterans or those providing active military service.