United Continental Launches Los Angeles-Guadalajara Service

by Staff on May 2, 2011

United Airlines launches daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Guadalajara, Mexico on May 3.

The service is being operated by Continental Airlines, United’s sister carrier in United Continental Holdings, Inc. Eventually United Airlines and Continental will merge fully in operation terms to fly under the United name but in Continental’s livery. The Continental Airlines name will be lost

“We’re delighted to add this nonstop Los Angeles – Guadalajara flight, which connects the second-largest cities of two nations and demonstrates our commitment to Mexico,” says John Slater, United’s vice president sales – Americas.  “United serves 30 destinations in Mexico, more than any other airline from the U.S., and we offer more departures from the U.S. to Mexico than any other airline.”

Continental Airlines brings to its marriage with United Airlines an all-Boeing fleet which includes 330 Boeing 737s (in service and on order), as well as sizable numbers of Boeing 757s, Boeing 767s and Boeing 777-200ERs. This is a Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 painted in the new United livery

Flight CO672 departs Los Angeles at 8:20 a.m. daily, arriving at Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (GDL) at 1:15 p.m. local time. The return flight (CO673) departs Guadalajara at 2:10 p.m. daily, arriving at LAX at 3:30 p.m. local time.

Continental Airlines is operating the Los Angeles-Guadalajara service with Boeing 737-800s seating 160 customers, 16 in first class and 144 in economy.

“We appreciate United’s and Continental’s support of Mexico, which is celebrating 300 years of history, culture and traditions,” says Jorge Gamboa Patron, regional director-West Coast for the Mexico Tourism Board.  “Now, thanks to United and Continental, more people will be able to visit Guadalajara.”

Guadalajara is both a tourist and business destination. The new Los Angeles-to-Guadalajara service complements Continental’s 38 weekly flights to Guadalajara from its hub in Houston.

United Airlines also will begin nonstop service to Guadalajara from its San Francisco hub on June 9.

From its Los Angeles hub, the new United also offers three daily flights to Mexico City, as well as service to Leon/Guanajuato, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.

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