Continental Airlines was founded in 1934 by Walter T. Varney and partner Louis Mueller by the name of Varney Speed Lines. The first flight took to air on July 15, 1934 on a 530 mile route from Pueblo, Colorado to El Paso, Texas. The ownership changed hands many times until Robert F. Six bought it in 1937 and changed the name to Continental Airlines. The company H.Q was moved in the same year from El Paso to Denver. The holding company for Continental Airlines and United Airlines is United Continental Holdings. It employs more than 80,000 employees all over the world with the largest hub in Houston where the company has a significant presence. United Airlines and Continental Airlines operate independently at present as the single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration is due only by the end of 2011. View more on Continental Airlines, www.continental.com.
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In-flight entertainment available for passengers include AVOD or Audio-Video-On-Demand in every seat back, power ports, DirecTV on all domestic fleet and internet services on its 757-300 aircraft that primarily services domestic routes. Use FlyLink's search panel to find your Continental flight.
Continental Airlines won the Top Overall winner while competing with major domestic airlines, for the best premium services. The award is instituted by Zagat Airline Survey and it is a hat-trick win for the airlines, having won the award in 2009 and 2008 also. The airline offers customers First class, Business First Class and Economy Class service in the mainland flights. Business First Class is available in its 777-200ER and 757-200 aircrafts and provide complete flat beds, reclining at 180°. Free meals and a host of in-flight entertainment features are available for passengers flying by Business Class.
The lounge club program of Continental airlines is known as the Presidents Club. All airport clubs have open bars. Premium services are also available to allow passengers enjoy wines and alcohols of a higher quality at a small price. Continental was the first aircraft to offer free Wi-Fi in their lounges. There are a total of 23 clubs for Presidents Club members at major airports. 970 additional locations in alliance with other aircrafts are also available for members.
Continental Airlines flies to 62 domestic and 78 international destinations in 39 countries. The destinations they fly include Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Check-In & Baggage
Convenient check-in facilities are available at all airports through dedicated kiosks. You can also check-in from your home using your laptop or cell phone allowing you to bypass airport lines completely. Baggage policy can be accessed on their website. Convenient check-in of carry-on and checked baggage is possible in the minimum of time.
Continental Airlines operates one of the youngest and highly fuel efficient fleet in the airlines industry. Their fleet includes Boeing 787-8/9, Boeing 777-200ER which has the convenience of flat beds, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 767-200 and 400ER, Boeing 757-200 and 300, 737-500,700, 800, 900 and 900ER, Boeing 767-400ER and Boeing 737-700, 800. It also has in its fleet Embraer RJ145. Daily aircraft utilization figures top the industry average, a reflection of its excellent management strategies. The fleet number totals 340 with orders for 82 different types of airplanes that include 41 Boeing 737-800 pending with various airline manufacturers.
The OnePass frequent flyer program was introduced in 1987 and offers frequent flyers special privileges such as free tickets, upgrades to First Class, discounted membership for airport lounge and other facilities such as priority check-in, boarding and more.