Continental Airlines celebrates fifth anniversary of its nonstop service from Berlin-Tegel to New York/Newark

01.07.10 13:31
Continental Airlines, the world’s fifth largest airline, has been connecting Berlin’s Tegel Airport and New York/Newark with a daily direct flight for exactly five years now.
To mark the occasion, the crew and all passengers on board Flight CO96 received a small gift at the gate when they arrived in Berlin this morning. Before the Boeing 757-200 aircraft took off again for the Big Apple, the new crew were congratulated with a birthday cake.

 “Five years of nonstop flights from Berlin to our New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, prove just how right we were to choose Berlin. This service has emerged as a long-term success and it has developed very satisfactorily. The passengers love the fast, direct service to New York and our great range of connecting flights to over 200 destinations throughout the United States,” said Luc Geerts, Senior Country Director Germany & Belgium at Continental Airlines.

“The fifth anniversary of Continental Airline’s long-haul flight from Berlin to New York is a very credible success and it reconfirms us along our path to BBI. Berlin is an attractive and pulsating market – both for international aviation and for tourism. For the area around the German capital and the regional economy the daily service to New York is an important locational advantage. It strengthens the cooperation between businesses in Berlin and New York and opens up options for new trade partnerships,” said Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports.

On 1 July 2005, Continental Airlines expanded its service network to include Berlin as a destination. After Frankfurt and Hamburg, the city was the third German destination with a direct daily Continental service to and from New York. A new nonstop service between Munich and New York launched on 28 March of this year, and Continental also flies daily from Frankfurt to Houston. Continental Airlines’ booking number in Germany is 01803-21 26 10.

Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,700 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 132 domestic and 137 international destinations. Continental is a member of the Star Alliance, which comprises 27 airlines offering a total of 21,050 flights daily to 1,167 airports in 181 countries. Continental flies up to 308 weekly transatlantic flights from 30 airports in 16 countries to the US hubs, Newark and Houston. From these hubs, passengers have access to connecting flights to more than 200 cities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. At the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2009, an award given on the basis of reviews and ratings submitted by frequent fliers from all over the world, Continental won in the category Best Business/Executive Class and for the sixth consecutive time was also voted Best North American Airline. Continental’s alliance partners in Europe, the Middle East and India include the members of the Star Alliance, Emirates, Kingfisher Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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