Fly with Continental Airlines
Many people have been listening to Continental's slogan "Work Hard, Fly Right": Continental Airlines are one of the most relied on airlines in the US. Business Traveller Magazine named them Best Airline for North American Travel in 2008 and Fortune Magazine named them No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline in 2004-9.
Continental Airlines Checking In
For domestic flights, baggage must be checked 30 minutes before departure. For international flights, baggage must be checked at least 60 minutes before departure. Online check-in closes 60 minutes before departures.
Continental Airlines Carry-On Baggage
One bag with a maximum weight of 40lbs may be carry-on luggage. On domestic flights you can also carry a personal item such as a briefcase, purse or laptop.
Continental Airlines Seating Options
Pre-assigned seating is available. Legroom is 30 - 34 inches.
Continental Airlines History
The company that had started out as Varney Speed Lines in 1934 soon became Continental airlines, which is one of the biggest US airlines today.
Walter T. Varney and Louis Mueller, the owners, used a 6-seat single engine plane to transport mail from Pueblo in Colorado to El Paso in Texas. They made their first flight in 1934 and had stops along the way at Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque in New Mexico.
Louis Mueller took over control of the mail company from Walter T. Varney in 1934 but sold 40% of the company to Robert F. Six in 1936. Six changed the name to Continental Airlines in 1937 and moved the headquarters to Denver in the same year. He revamped the company's image in the 1960s by changing the colours; they did the same thing in the 1990s.
World War II had had a big impact on Continental Airlines: they modified B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-29 Super Fortresses.
Six called his airline "the Airline that needs to grow" and expanded the company's routes aggressively during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the first examples of this is that he merged his company with Pioneer Airlines in 1953 and this brought 16 new routes in Texas and New Mexico.
Bob Six negotiated with Boeing and managed to operate the 707 in 1959 when Boeing released it. He was the industry's advocate for lower airfare as opposed to higher airfare prices; therefore, he launched the concept of economy class on the Chicago-Los Angeles route in 1962.
Facts about Continental Airlines
- Continental Airlines allows travelling with pets. Pets travelling with passengers must be checked in at the ticket counter.
- Continental Airlines offers in-flight service like snacks and beverages for purchase and complimentary meals
- Continental Airlines operates one of the youngest and most fuel efficient airline fleets.
- For flights to international destinations, one piece checked baggage and one carry-on item are allowed free of charge
- Extra seats can be booked for special baggage