Continental Airlines

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Continental Airlines serves the USA non-stop from more UK departure points than any other airline, having flights from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Continental Airlines began its history in 1934, when Varney Speed Lines began its Southwestern division with a route from El Paso, Texas, to Pueblo, Colorado. During its first month of operations, the fledgling airline carried 859 pounds of U.S. mail and nine passengers. The airline changed its name to Continental Airlines in 1937.  

Continental plane in sky

In 1986, Continental reported the largest profit in the airline's 51-year history. In a bold move, Texas Air Corporation, Continental's parent company, purchased Eastern Airlines. The combined routes created the largest airline system in the United States.

In 1994 the airline began receiving the first of 92 new Boeing 737, 757, 767, and 777 aero planes. This was made possible by the huge success of a "Go Forward Plan," a strategy that focused on improving the profit margins and also encouraged its employees to seek creative ways to enhance their customer satisfaction. The plan quickly catapulted Continental back to one of the top airlines in the industry, in such key performance areas such as on-time departures and record profits.

Departures from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Bristol

Online Check-In: 24 Hours prior to Departure

Main cabin food service


Economy Class

  • Baggage Allowance: 1 cabin bag plus 2 checked pieces at 18Kgs. Please note a charge may apply for the second piece of checked luggage. Please ask for more information at the time of booking.
  • Seat Pitch/Width:  31-32” / 17.2-17.9” (approx).
  • Laptop power is available in selected rows.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.
  • Alcoholic beverages are charged at $5 (approx) per beverage.
  • In-flight meal.
  • On-board shop.
  • Interactive Personal Entertainment System, set into the seat back in front of you which includes a monitor and handset which serves both as an entertainment function and also a telephone.
  • A choice of up to 10 video games.
Business class cabin food service


Business/First Class

  • Baggage allowances 1 cabin bag plus 3 checked pieces at 32Kgs
  • Seat Pitch/Width: 55” /  22” (approx)  The seat expands to a 6’6” Lie-Flat Bed
  • Dedicated check-in, with use of Continental Airlines “President Club".
  • Electronic “one-touch” controls which allows passenger to adjust the seat back, lumbar support and leg/foot rests.
  • iPod connectivity,  individual overhead reading light
  • Laptop power points (adaptor required to use the in-seat power system)
  • Personal Flat Screen TV with (AVOD) Audio Visual on Demand (currently all aircraft have not yet been updated)
    If not an updated aircraft then ther is a personal entertainment system built into the armrest console, giving a choice of video, audio and games.
  • Main meals served on china and serviceware.   An “Executive Meal Option”, is also available for those who wish to sleep or work, allowing  passengers to dine at any time during the flight.

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