GULFPORT, Miss., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL) today announced it will begin all-jet flying between
Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport and its Houston hub effective July 2,
when the last turboprop serving the route is upgraded to a Continental Express
The new service aboard the fast, quiet Embraer ERJ-145 marks the latest
step toward an all-jet Continental Express fleet by the first quarter of 2003.
Continental and Continental Express currently offer four daily nonstop flights
between Houston and Gulfport/Biloxi, including one round-trip flight using the
ATR-42, a 46-seat turboprop with a cruise speed of 328 miles per hour. The
flight is being upgraded to a 50-seat regional jet featuring comfortable aisle
and window seating, with no middle seats, and a cruise speed of 520 miles per
The new Continental Express regional jet flight will depart Houston
Intercontinental Airport at 1:15 p.m. and arrive at Gulfport/Biloxi at
2:45 p.m. The return flight will depart Gulfport/Biloxi at 3:15 p.m. and
arrive at Houston at 4:47 p.m.
Continental Express, operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., employs more
than 5,200 people and provides Continental Airlines with all of its regional
airline capacity at its hub airports in Houston, Cleveland and Newark.
Continental Express offers advance seat assignments and OnePass frequent flyer
miles, which can be redeemed anywhere in the world Continental and its
alliance carriers fly. ExpressJet Airlines is wholly owned by ExpressJet
Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XJT). For more information, visit expressjetair.com
Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
more than 2,100 departures daily to 120 domestic and 91 international
destinations. Operating hubs in New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam,
Continental serves more international cities than any other U.S. carrier,
including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For
more information, visit continental.com.