Continental Airlines will begin tomorrow daily nonstop flights from the airline’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Munich, Germany.
“Launching nonstop service to Munich allows us to link Continental’s New York hub to the Munich hub of our new partner Lufthansa,” said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “It’s a great example of how joining Star Alliance is allowing our customers to seamlessly connect to a greater number of travel destinations.”
Continental will operate the nonstop daily flight with a Boeing 767-200ER aircraft, seating 25 passengers in BusinessFirst and 149 passengers in economy class. Flight CO106 will depart Newark Liberty daily at 5:30 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 7:40 a.m. the next day. The return flight, CO107, will depart Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport daily at 9:20 a.m. and arrive at Newark Liberty at 12:35 p.m. the same day. The schedule of the Continental service complements that of Lufthansa’s existing daily New York/Newark-Munich service, which departs Newark Liberty about three hours later and Munich about six hours later.
The new flight has been timed to provide convenient connections at Munich, where Star Alliance member flights provide service to more than 95 destinations in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and at New York/Newark with an extensive network of Continental flights to more than 100 destinations throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Continental operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Munich becomes the fourth German city to be served with daily flights to New York by Continental after Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg; the airline also operates daily service between Frankfurt and Houston. Munich is the 30th destination in Continental’s overall trans-Atlantic network.
The new flights will feature Continental’s BusinessFirst service, rated by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the highest among all U.S. carriers for trans-Atlantic flights for 10 years in a row.
Continental’s BusinessFirst amenities include an extensive gourmet menu served with premium wines and champagnes created by Continental’s Congress of Chefs and Sommeliers. A specially selected and trained corps of concierges is available to provide individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 35 international airports worldwide. Customers traveling in BusinessFirst are also able to access any of Continental’s 24 Presidents Clubs and other airline affiliated lounges worldwide.
The new service will provide daily nonstop flights to Germany’s third largest city and the economic centre of southern Germany. Munich, the capital of Bavaria, has a population of 1.3 million in the city and 5 million in the Munich Metropolitan Region. Famed for its historic and modern architecture and annual Oktoberfest beer celebration, Munich boasts a wealth of cultural attractions and institutions. Among the many world-renowned companies whose headquarters are in the city are Siemens AG (electronics), BMW (cars), MAN AG (trucks, engineering), Allianz (insurance) and Munich Re (re-insurance). Lufthansa operates a hub at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, which is the second-largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt.
Continental also offers tour packages to Germany through Continental Airlines Vacations.