Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have started codesharing on flights between select destinations in the United States and Europe.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. subsidiary Continental Airlines is placing its ‘CO’ code on LOT’s transatlantic flights between the U.S. airline’s New York-area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and LOT’s hub at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW).
Continental is also codesharing on LOT-operated flights linking Warsaw with London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam that connect with Continental flights between those airports and Newark.
Subject to government approval, Continental will also place its code on LOT-operated flights between Warsaw and Paris Charles de Gaulle that connect with Continental’s Newark-Paris flights.
Meanwhile, LOT is placing its ‘LO’ code on Continental-operated flights between Newark and Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington Dulles that connect with LOT’s transatlantic flights between Warsaw and Newark.
“We are pleased to partner with LOT and sign this codeshare agreement, which provides Continental customers improved access to Poland,” says Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings. “It’s another significant step in our growing cooperation with fellow Star Alliance members.”
“It gives me great pleasure to enter into cooperation with Continental Airlines,” says said Maricn Pirog, chairman of the board of LOT Polish Airlines. “For many years now, LOT has been active in the American market which, from the perspective of a Polish air carrier, creates tremendous opportunities for growth.”
Adds Pirog: “Up until this time, LOT has had direct connections to the North American cities of Chicago, New York, Newark, and Toronto. Thanks to the signed agreement with our Star Alliance partner Continental Airlines, it will be possible for LOT passengers to reach other parts of the United States, which will significantly impact the competitiveness of our offer for travellers from both Europe and the United States.”
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