Starting tomorrow, Jan. 7, Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC) and Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAI.B and CAI.A) will begin linking a major portion of their domestic flight schedules, and implementing more international flights. Northwest and Continental will initiate code-sharing on approximately 850 domestic and international flights to 95 destinations.
Continental will code-share daily on Northwest Airlines and Northwest Airlink domestic flights, including cities where Continental does not fly, such as Sioux Falls, S.D.; Boise, Idaho; Knoxville, Tenn. and Spokane, Wash.
Northwest, likewise, will code-share daily on Continental and Continental Express flights, including cities where it has no service, such as Corpus Christi, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; Scranton, Pa. and Daytona Beach, Fla.
Also starting tomorrow, Continental will begin code-sharing on select Northwest flights to Canada, such as Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, B.C; Edmonton, Alberta; Saskatoon, Sask., and Winnipeg, Man. Continental provides daily service to Calgary and Vancouver, but does not operate its own service to Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
On Dec. 29, Northwest and Continental initiated international code-sharing on 28 weekly flights between the U.S. and Japan, and 21 weekly flights beyond Japan. Northwest and Continental announced specifics on the new alliance on Nov. 20, 1998.
Key consumer benefits of the alliance include code-sharing on the airlines` domestic and international routes to improve worldwide flight connections, service and schedules; reciprocity between the two carriers` newly enhanced frequent flyer programs; and reciprocity of airport lounge club membership privileges in the United States.
Houston-based Continental Airlines was recognized in 1999 by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” It is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,200 departures daily to 128 domestic and 69 international destinations. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines, recognized as the 1997 “Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World, is the fourth largest airline in the world. It and its regional and international partners fly to more than 400 cities in more than 80 countries on six continents. The alliance between the two carriers represents the fourth largest airline network in the world. More information regarding the innovative Northwest/Continental alliance and its benefits to consumers can be found on the two companies` web sites at http://www.flycontinental.com/ and http://www.nwa.com/.