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Continental Airlines traces its roots back to 1934 and the founding of its predecessor, Varney Speed Lines by Walter T. Varney, who ironically was also a founder of United Airlines. Headquartered in Chicago, Continental provides service to more than 250 destinations worldwide. Its hubs and focus cities are George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston, Newark Liberty International Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (Guam). In May of 2010, United and Continental Airlines agreed to merge, creating the world's largest carrier. Using the United Airlines name with the Continental logo, the two airlines will become fully integrated in March 2012 under the parent company of United Continental Holdings, Inc.
Continental provides up to three classes of service on its flights.
BusinessFirst service is offered on select flights to and from Europe, Israel, Asia, Southern South America and Hawaii on Boeing 777, 767 and 757 aircraft. Continental is in the process of upgrading its BusinessFirst cabins by installing new, fully lie-flat seats that are 6 ½ feet long and have 15.4-inch video screens. Aircraft with the older product have reclining seats. BusinessFirst passengers also receive amenity kits and concierge services at select airports, including Houston, New York/Newark and Cleveland. Passengers traveling in BusinessFirst have lounge access prior to departure, including Star Alliance members' owned lounges when traveling on an international flight, and upon arrival in select cities.
Passengers traveling in First Class and Business Class enjoy complimentary beverage service and, depending on the length of the flight, snack or meal service. Passengers also enjoy lounge access prior to departure, including Star Alliance members' owned lounges when traveling on an international flight, in-seat power outlets and personal entertainment systems on select flights.
Beginning in late 2011, Continental began reconfiguring its Economy cabin to include Economy Plus seating. Economy Plus seating is located at the front of the aircraft and features up to five inches of extra legroom.
Passengers traveling in Economy Class enjoy complimentary audio and video entertainment on most flights. Seats with additional legroom are available for purchase for passengers who do not hold an Elite level with Continental.
Complimentary beverages are available on all flights. Economy Class passengers receive a complimentary meal on all transatlantic, transpacific and South American flights. On flights 3 ½ hours and longer and on flights from Hawaii and Alaska to and from the U.S. mainland, fresh food is available for purchase. Snacks are available for purchase on all flights that are 2 ½ hours or longer. Passengers traveling in First Class and Business Class receive complimentary snacks on flights longer than one hour and complimentary meals on flights longer than two hours.
All Boeing 777-200 and 757-200 aircraft have audio and video on demand, and Continental's 767s have personal seatback televisions monitors, featuring audio and video channels and games. Some Boeing 737s offer video entertainment on personal video screens while others have shared overhead monitors. Channel 9, which is an audio channel that allows passengers to hear the transmissions between the pilots in the cockpit and the air traffic controllers, is being integrated into Continental's aircraft.
Two different types of power outlets may be available depending on the aircraft: an AC 110V power outlet, which can be used for your laptop or other electronic device, and an EmPower DC power outlet delivering 15V, which may require the use of an adaptor. Continental's 737-700s, 737-800s, 737-900s, 737-900ERs, 757-200s and 777s have AC power outlets in First, Business and select Economy seats. Continental's 767-200s and 767-400s have DC power outlets requiring an adaptor in First, Business and select Economy seats. USB ports are available in the newer Business and First seats. Continental's Boeing 767s and 777s offer satellite phone service for a fee.
Continental's fleet includes the following aircraft types*:
*Please note that Continental often has several configurations of a specific aircraft type, so please check SeatGuru for seat map information and recommendations on the best seats for your flight.
Continental is a member of the Star Alliance network.
Continental has codeshare agreements with many Star Alliance partners and several other airlines, including the following:
As of January 1, 2012, MileagePlus is Continental's frequent flier program.