CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines today announced that all of its Boeing 777 long-haul, international flights now feature new flat-bed seats in its BusinessFirst cabin. Continental currently operates the 777-200 on international routes between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Beijing, Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London/Heathrow, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Tokyo, and between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and London/Heathrow and Tokyo.
"Customers flying to international destinations on our Boeing 777s are now assured a flat-bed seat whenever they choose to fly with us," said Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "These seats are highly popular with customers from all over the world, and we will begin installing them on the rest of our widebody fleet beginning next year."
The BusinessFirst flat-bed seat reclines 180 degrees and provides 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position on the Boeing 777. It is one of the widest business-class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches. Laptop power, headset and USB plugs are conveniently tucked above the customer's shoulder. iPod connectivity allows customers to view their personal videos and enjoy their music while their iPods are charging. The new seats feature 15.4-inch video monitors for customers to enjoy on-demand movies, music and games.
The flat-bed seats made their operational debut in November 2009 and are also being installed on Continental's fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft. CO will begin retrofitting substantially all of its Boeing 767 aircraft with BusinessFirst flat-bed seats in 2011.
About Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL). Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,400 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 142 domestic and 131 international destinations. Continental is a member of Star Alliance, which overall offers more than 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries. Continental has hubs serving Cleveland, Guam, Houston and New York/Newark Liberty, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. became the holding company for both United and Continental upon close of the merger transaction. The two airlines will operate separately as they begin to integrate key customer services, marketing activities and airport processes. For more company information, go to continental.com and follow on Twitter and Facebook.
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