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Continental Airlines Announces
Daily Nonstop Service Between New York and Mumbai

New York, March 12, 2007
Sudesh Patel

Continental Airlines announced daily nonstop flights between its New York area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Mumbai beginning Oct. 30, 2007, subject to government approval.

Continental has operated nonstop service between New York and Delhi since 2005.

The flight will be timed to provide convenient connections at Continental's New York hub with more than 230 other cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Mumbai is the largest trans-Atlantic market not currently served by Continental and offers significant opportunities for growth in the future.

Continental's New York/Newark-Mumbai flights will be operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft with Business First and Economy cabins. Flying times will be approximately 14 hours and 50 minutes eastbound, and 16 hours and 15 minutes westbound.

Entertainment: A Bollywood movie channel is featured on the inflight entertainment system, with different programming provided in each direction for all customers to access on their individual seat monitors. Movies are in Hindi with English sub-titles (when available from the studio). In addition, movies on other channels are programmed with Hindi subtitles (when available from the studio). Traditional Indian music is incorporated in the world music audio channel. Instructional videos, including the safety and arrival video and pre-recorded announcements, are available in Hindi.

Food: Menus are available in English and Hindi. Inflight meals, which include Indian vegetarian and Indian non-vegetarian choices, have been designed by Indian chefs based in the U.S. and in India. No beef is served. Local Indian newspapers are available for BusinessFirst customers.

The new flights will feature Continental's renowned BusinessFirst service, which was also voted Best Transatlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Business Travel Awards 2006 -- for the 9th year running.

This premium-class cabin features specially-engineered electronic sleeperseats in a 2-2-2 configuration, with a 55-inch seat pitch and adjustable "winged" headrests. The BusinessFirst seat on the 777 is among the widest business class seats in the world, measuring 22 inches between the armrests, and offers a 170-degree recline and more than six feet of sleeping space in the fully extended position. Other features include privacy hoods and large seat side wings for greater privacy.

All BusinessFirst seats feature a laptop computer power outlet, a satellite telephone, a flexible-neck reading light. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menu selections created by Continental's Congress of Chefs and fresh cappuccino or espresso coffee made on request. A specially selected and trained corps of more than 200 Concierges provides individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 35 key international airports worldwide.

Flights to Mumbai will feature Continental's new Audio/Video on Demand in both the BusinessFirst and Economy cabins of its Boeing 777 aircraft. The first 777 with the new system is scheduled to enter service this month. The entertainment systems on these aircraft allow customers to choose from more than 250 movies, 300 short-subject programs and 1,500 music tracks, with a jukebox feature to make individual playlists. In addition, this new entertainment system has 25 video games and the interactive Berlitz World Traveler foreign language program.

Economy class on the Continental 777 is also exceptionally comfortable and spacious, in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wider-than-usual aisles. Every Economy passenger has an individual seatback video screen, as well as an inflight telephone with overwater capability. The aircraft on the Mumbai route also have AC power outlets available to every passenger, with no need for an adapter in order to operate a PC or other approved device.

In 2006, Continental Airlines won its sixth J.D. Power and Associates award since 1996. The carrier received the highest rank in customer satisfaction among network carriers in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Airline Satisfaction Index Survey(SM). For the third consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline on its 2006 list of Most Admired Global Companies. Continental was also named the No. 1 airline on the publication's 2007 America's Most Admired airline industry list. Additionally, Continental again won major awards at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Best Airline Based in North America" for the third year in a row, and "Best Executive/Business Class" for the fourth consecutive year. For more company information, visit

SOURCE Continental Airlines



  • Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 150 domestic and 136 international destinations.
  • More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines.
  • With more than 44,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 67 million passengers per year.
  • Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.