Continental Airlines has announced that it will launch daily nonstop flights between its New
York area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Mumbai beginning
October and subject to government approval.Continental has operated
nonstop service between New York and Delhi since 2005.
The new service will link the world’s financial center and top business
and tourism destination with India’s commercial and entertainment capital.
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.
“We are excited about extending our Indian route network to include
nonstop service to Mumbai,” said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice
president-marketing. “Mumbai is the largest trans-Atlantic market not
currently served by Continental and offers significant opportunities for
growth in the future.”
Mumbai will be the 30th city in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the business and entertainment
capital of India and its most populous city, with an estimated population
of 13 million (25 million in the greater metropolitan area). Many financial
institutions and corporations have their headquarters in Mumbai, which is
also home to the world-famous Bollywood film and television industry.
Continental’s New York/Newark-Mumbai flights will be operated with
Boeing 777-200 aircraft with BusinessFirst and Economy cabins. Flying times
will be approximately 14 hours and 50 minutes eastbound, and 16 hours and
15 minutes westbound.