Continental Airlines is launching daily nonstop service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Munich on March 27, 2010.
“We are excited about launching service between New York and Munich, the largest German city not currently served by Continental and a hub for our new partner Lufthansa,” says Jim Compton, the airline’s executive vice president of marketing. “As well as extending Continental service to a new market in Germany, this hub-to-hub link will provide additional travel options and opportunities for our customers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Continental’s Newark-Munich flights will be operated by Boeing 767-200ER aircraft, seating 25 passengers in BusinessFirst and 149 passengers in economy class.
Flight CO106 will depart Newark Liberty (EWR) daily at 5:25 p.m. and arrive at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC) at 7:50 a.m. the next day. The return flight, CO107, will depart MUC daily at 9:20 a.m. and arrive at EWR at 12:35 p.m. the same day.
Continental says its EWR-MUC flight schedule will complement that of Star Alliance partner Lufthansa’s existing daily Newark-Munich service, which departs EWR about three hours later and MUC about six hours later.
The new Continental Airlines flight has been timed to provide convenient connections at Munich, where Star Alliance partner flights provide service to more than 95 destinations in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and at Newark with a network of Continental flights to more than 100 destinations throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
At Newark Liberty International Airport, Continental operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area.
Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the economic centre of southern Germany, is the country’s third largest city after Berlin and Hamburg, with 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.
The new flights will offer Continental’s BusinessFirst service. BusinessFirst features an extensive gourmet menu served with premium wines and champagnes created by Continental’s Congress of Chefs and Sommeliers. International concierge service provides individualized pre- and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 35 airports around the world. Customers traveling in BusinessFirst may also access any of Continental’s 25 Presidents Clubs and more than 800 affiliated lounges worldwide.
Continental already offers nonstop services linking Newark with Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg. In addition, the airline launched nonstop service from Houston to Frankfurt on November 1. Munich will be the 30th destination in Continental’s transatlantic route network.