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.
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
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