Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Continental Micronesia today submitted a joint application to the Department of Transportation to provide nonstop service from the carriers‘ hubs in New York/Newark and Guam to Tokyo’s Haneda airport
WASHINGTON – Continental and Continental Micronesia seek the route awards as part of a historic open skies agreement between the U.S. and Japan, which is anticipated to come into force later this year. The open skies agreement would provide the U.S. airline industry access to Haneda, with its close proximity to Tokyo’s central business district, for the first time in over 30 years.
„Continental again congratulates Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Transportation LaHood on securing rights for additional competitive U.S. airline service to Japan,“ said Jeff Smisek, Continental’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. „We thank both the U.S. and Japan negotiating teams for achieving this landmark agreement, which will benefit air travel and consumers for years to come.“
Both the New York and Guam hubs, two major gateways for passenger traffic to Tokyo, also provide convenient connecting opportunities for travel between Tokyo Haneda and numerous additional points.
The proposed nonstop service to Haneda would begin in late 2010, pending approval, and would use Boeing 777 aircraft from Continental’s New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, and Boeing 767-400 aircraft from Continental Micronesia’s hub at A. B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam.
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,500 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 133 domestic and 135 international destinations. Continental is a member of Star Alliance, which overall offers 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 airports in 175 countries through its 26 member airlines. With more than 41,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.
Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. For the sixth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 World’s Most Admired Airline on its 2009 list of World’s Most Admired Companies.
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