HOUSTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL), the world`s sixth largest airline and the airline with the most
flights from the New York City area, today announced it will launch daily non-
stop flights between Geneva and New York/Newark effective March 6, 2003
(eastbound), subject to government approval.
The new flight will be the only non-stop service between Geneva,
headquarters to numerous international agencies and multinational
corporations, and Newark International Airport, the leading New York-area
airport with 354 daily flights to 120 destinations throughout the Americas and
Europe. Continental has operated daily Zurich-New York/Newark service since
“We have already successfully introduced service to Zurich,” said Barry
Simon, Continental`s senior vice president International. “This is the 17th
destination we serve in Europe. Continental already serves more European
destinations from New York than any other carrier.”
Continental will operate a 174-seat Boeing 767-200 aircraft on the route,
carrying 25 customers in BusinessFirst and 149 in coach. Flight 80 will
depart New York daily at 6:55 p.m., arriving in Geneva at 8:25 a.m. the next
day. The return flight, flight 81, will depart Geneva at 10:50 a.m., arriving
in New York at 1:50 p.m. the same day. Flying time will be approximately
seven and a half hours eastbound and nine hours westbound.
Over the next few months, Continental will hire staff for its ground
operations in Geneva. The Company has not finalized the exact number of
positions to be filled.
The new route is conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an
extensive network of service throughout the United States, Canada and Latin
America. Continental is the only major airline to operate a hub in the New
York City metropolitan area—Newark International Airport, which is closer
to mid-town Manhattan than John F. Kennedy Airport and is the leading New
York-area airport. Continental flies more than 20 million passengers each
year through the region. AirTrain service allows customers to travel between
Newark Airport and mid-town Manhattan in approximately 20 minutes.
Geneva service will feature Continental`s award-winning BusinessFirst
service. This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper
seats with 55-inch pitch/140-cm pitch, adjustable winged headrests and
personal video screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus
and award-winning wines and champagnes.
In Europe and the Middle East as a whole, Continental currently serves 16
cities in 11 countries, operating up to 161 departures weekly. The airline`s
alliance carriers in Europe include Air Europa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and
Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
more than 2,100 departures daily to 122 domestic and 90 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 .
Continental was named the 2001 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World,
as well as the 1996 Airline of the Year, making it the only carrier to receive
this honor twice in five years. For the fourth consecutive year, Continental
was named one of the 100 Best Places to Work For by FORTUNE magazine, and is
ranked the nation`s No. 1 airline in customer satisfaction for long and short-
haul flights by Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power and Associates.
Continental has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin
(Conde Nast Traveler, OAG, Entrepreneur and SmartMoney magazines), OnePass
frequent flyer program (InsideFlyer`s Freddie Awards) and overall operations
and management (FORTUNE magazine).