Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A) announced today it has taken delivery of its first 767-200ER aircraft. Sized between the 757 and the 777, this 174-passenger 767 enhances Continental’s ability to provide its award-winning service to an ever-increasing passenger base, worldwide. “This is another milestone in bringing Continental’s fleet into the 21st Century, and it’s an integral part of our fleet modernization plan,” said Continental Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bethune. “We are committed to providing the best possible service from our Newark gateway to the major cities of Europe, and we look forward to the delivery of additional 767-200ERs in the months ahead.” This is Boeing’s first 767-200ER to feature a 777-style interior, which was first introduced into the 767 family on the larger 767-400ER. Continental’s plane is configured in two classes: 25 in BusinessFirst and 149 in economy.
“Boeing is the only manufacturer to offer a modern family of twin-aisle airplanes in the 180-250 seat category with the 767-200ER, 767-300ER and 767-400ER,” said Seddik Belyamani, executive vice president - Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group. “All three variants have the new, award-winning 777 interior.”
This is the first of ten (10) 767-200ERs Continental has ordered. The range and fuel economy of the 767-200ER makes it ideal for transoceanic flights; this particular aircraft will begin scheduled service between New York (Newark) and Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 1, 2000.
Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,400 departures daily to 138 domestic and 92 international destinations. Operating hubs in Newark, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, Continental (www.continental.com) serves more international cities than any other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.