For the second year running, Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAI.B and CAI.A) has won the Gold Award as “Top Airline to North America” in the 1999 European Travel Awards, presented by Travel Trade Gazette Europa.
The award was presented to Wolfgang Gehring, Continental`s general manager Germany and Switzerland, by TTG Europa publisher Stuart Baker at a ceremony during the ITB travel trade show in Berlin.
The award was based on the votes by TTG Europa`s 19,000 readers in 21 countries. The Silver Award went to Virgin Atlantic, Continental`s codeshare partner on transatlantic routes from the United Kingdom.
“Winning this prestigious award for the second consecutive year is confirmation that Continental`s standard of service is the best in the business,” said Barry Simon, senior vice president - International. “This year, as we expand our European route network from our New York/Newark hub and introduce the Boeing 777 on several transatlantic routes, we hope to raise that standard even higher.”
In 1999, Continental will launch daily non-stop services between New York/Newark and three more European cities - Brussels, Belgium (from May 4 westbound), Zurich, Switzerland (from June 2 westbound) and Amsterdam, Netherlands (from July 16 westbound) - subject to government approval, bringing the total number of European cities the airline serves to 16. Continental will also launch a daily non-stop service between New York/Newark and Tel-Aviv, Israel, from Aug. 2 (westbound) subject to Israeli government approval and non-stop service between Cleveland and London.