(NYSE: CAL) tomorrow will begin daily nonstop service between Houston`s George
Bush Intercontinental Airport, the airline`s largest hub, and Amsterdam, the
“Inaugurating a transatlantic service is a rare thing in these difficult
times for our industry, but we are confident this route will be successful for
us,” said Barry Simon, Continental`s senior vice president - international.
“This is another important step in the development of our European route
network. There is a great deal of business between Houston and Amsterdam
which we look forward to serving.”
Continental flight 46 will depart Houston daily at 7 p.m., arriving in
Amsterdam at 11:40 a.m. the next morning. Flight 47 will depart Amsterdam at
3:25 p.m., arriving at Houston`s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at
7:15 p.m. the same day. Flying times are approximately 9 hours, 40 minutes
eastbound and 10 hours, 50 minutes westbound.
Amsterdam is the third European city served nonstop from Houston by
Continental, after London and Paris, and one of more than 140 cities worldwide
that Continental serves nonstop from Houston. Continental also operates daily
nonstop service between New York/Newark and Amsterdam, launched in 1999. In
Amsterdam, connections are available to a host of destinations via
Continental`s OnePass partner, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Through July 1, Continental is offering 2,000 bonus miles to members of
OnePass, Continental`s award-winning frequent flyer program, who fly between
Houston and Amsterdam. To register for the offer, members may log in to the
OnePass homepage at onepass.continental.com .
Continental`s nonstop flights to Amsterdam are operated with 174-seat
Boeing 767-200 aircraft, carrying 25 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and
149 in coach.
These new aircraft feature a two-class seating configuration, consisting
of 2-1-2 in BusinessFirst and 2-3-2 in coach, designed to give most passengers
a window or aisle seat. In BusinessFirst this configuration offers individual
seats in the center section of the cabin. Every seat on the aircraft has an
individual video screen and satellite telephone. The aircraft are equipped
with oversized overhead storage bins, adjustable winged headrests, laptop
computer power ports at every seat in BusinessFirst and select rows in coach
and a cappuccino coffee machine.
The new flights feature Continental`s award-winning BusinessFirst service,
voted Best Long-Haul Executive/Business Class in the OAG Airline of the Year
Awards 2001. This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper
seats with 55-inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video
screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-
winning wines and champagnes.
In 2001, the Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 43.5 million
travelers and is the fourth largest multi-airport system in the nation and the
sixth largest in the world. Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport is currently
the ninth largest passenger airport in the United States handling more than
34.8 million passengers in 2001. HAS is currently under a $2.8 billion multi-
year expansion and renovation program that includes a new runway (IAH`s fifth
overall), taxiway improvements, a consolidated rental car facility, a new
International Services Building, an additional international terminal and a
160-acre new cargo facility. For more information on the HAS, visit