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Continental Airlines > New York and Athens daily nonstop service June 7, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in News Flights.

Continental Airlines tomorrow will launch daily nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Athens, Greece.

The new service will provide a link from the financial and business center of the U.S. to the capital of Greece with connections from an extensive network of more than 230 cities throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and beyond.

“Athens is the latest addition to Continental’s 29-city trans-Atlantic route network,” said Jim Compton, the airline’s executive vice president marketing. “We are offering travelers something no other carrier can match: award-winning, nonstop service from New York’s only major-airline hub to Greece, with same-airline, same-terminal connections from cities throughout the Americas.”

Continental’s New York Liberty to Athens flights are operated with 174-seat Boeing 767-200ER aircraft, carrying 25 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 149 in economy. Flight CO104 departs New York Liberty daily at 5:30 p.m., arriving in Athens at 10:20 a.m. the next day. The return flight, CO105 departs Athens daily at 12:20 p.m., arriving at New York Liberty at 4:30 p.m. the same day. Flying times are approximately 9 hours 50 minutes eastbound and 11 hours 10 minutes westbound.

During the traditional seasonal reduction in demand, the frequency of service will be reduced to five flights weekly in November and December 2007, four flights weekly in January and February 2008, and five flights per week in March 2008 (exact dates to be decided). A daily frequency will resume effective April 2008.

The new flights feature Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service, which has won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards in each of the past five years (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003), based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst 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 extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with 55-inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. On Continental’s Boeing 767, the BusinessFirst seating configuration is 2-1-2, with an individual seat in the center of the cabin, offering customers wider seats and more space than on similarly-sized aircraft operated by competitors. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. A specially selected and trained group of Concierges provides individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 26 key international airports worldwide.

Athens is the 29th city, and Greece is the 16th country, in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route network.

Related Links > http://www.continental.com

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