Continental Airlines is increasing its schedule of flights between the airline's New York-area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and London Heathrow Airport twice...

Continental Airlines is increasing its schedule of flights between the airline’s New York-area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and London Heathrow Airport twice during 2010.

The airline will add a fourth daily round-trip service between Newark (EWR) and Heathrow (LHR) in March and a fifth daily service in October, bringing the total number of Continental daily departures to Heathrow to seven, including its twice-daily service from Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Additionally, from June 1 all Continental Airlines aircraft scheduled for Heathrow flights will feature new, flat bed seats in the airline’s BusinessFirst cabins.

“New York-Heathrow is a flagship route for Continental. As the leading airline in the New York market, we are excited about introducing these schedule and product improvements for our New York-London travelers,” says Jeff Smisek, the airline’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Smiskek moved to the CEO’s office from his previous positons as president and chief operating officer when former chairman and CEO Larry Kellner retried from Continental at the end of 2009 to launch a venture capital firm.

Effective March 27, 2010, the airline’s Heathrow daily schedule will be as follows: CO18, operated by a Boeing 757-200, will depart EWR at 9:00 a.m. and will arrive at LHR at 9:20 p.m. CO28, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, is timed to depart EWR at 6:40 p.m. and arrive at LHR at 6;45 a.m. the next day. CO112, a 757 flight, is scheduled to push back at EWR at 7:20 p.m. and to reach LHR at 7:40 a.m. the following morning; and CO110, another 757 flight, departs EWR at 8:00 p.m. to land at LHR at 8:20 a.m.

Also on March 27, from Houston Intercontinental Airport, Continental’s two daily Boeing 777-200ER flights to Heathrow will see CO34 depart IAH at 3:45 p.m. and land at LHR at 6:55 a.m.; and CO4 leave IAH at 6:25 p.m. to arrive at LHR at 9:35 a.m.

On the Heathrow-EWR route, from March 27 flight CO29, a 777-200ER flight, is timed to push back at 10:25 a.m. in order to make a 1:15 p.m. arrival at EWR. Of the three Boeing 757 flights, CO113 leaves LHR at 10:50 a.m. and arrives at EWR at 1:55 p.m.; CO111 departs at 12:05 p.m. and lands at EWR at 3:15 p.m.; and CO19 pushes back at 6:30 p.m. to reach EWR at 9:40 p.m.

To Houston, flight CO35 is timed to leave LHR at 8:40 a.m. and arrive at IAH at 12:40 p.m. and CO5 is scheduled to push back at 11:40 a.m. to reach IAH at 3:50 p.m.

Continental Airlines is increasingly using its fleet of ETOPS-equipped Boeing 757-200s (which also now are all equipped with fuel-saving blended winglets) to operate transatlantic services from Newark to destinations such as London Heathrow where it wants to add service frequencies

Effective October 30, 2010, Continental’s increased Newark-Heathrow schedule will see four Boeing 757 flights and one 777-200ER flight daily. CO18, a 757 flight, is timed to leave EWR at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at LHR at 9:20 p.m. CO28, the 777 flight, departs EWR at 6:25 p.m. to reach LHR at 6:20 a.m. the next day. The schedule calls for CO112 to depart EWR at 7:15 p.m., arriving at LHR at 7:25 a.m.; CO110 to push back at EWR at 9:20 p.m. for a 9:25 a.m. landing at LHR; and CO114 to leave EWR at 10:10 p.m., arriving at LHR at 10:15 a.m.

From October 30, the two Houston-Heathrow Boeing 777 flights will see CO34 departing IAH at 3:50 p.m. and landing at LHR at 6:50 a.m.; and CO4 pushing back at IAH at 6:35 p.m. and reaching LHR at 9:35 a.m.

On October 30, from London Heathrow to Newark, the first of the four 757 flights, CO115, is timed to depart LHR at 8:40 a.m. and land at EWR at 12:05 p.m. The 777 flight, CO29, leaves LHR at 10:30 a.m. and arrives at EWR at 1:30 p.m. CO113 pushes back at 11:15 a.m. to reach EWR at 2:45 p.m. CO111 departs LHR at 12:35 p.m. to make a 4:05 p.m. arrival at EWR; and CO19 leaves the gate at LHR at 6:00 p.m. in order to land at EWR at 9:30 p.m.

From Heathrow to Houston, the first of Continental’s two 777 flights, CO35, is scheduled to push back at 9:20 a.m. and reach IAH at 1:40 p.m.; and CO5 is timed to leave LHR at 11:40 a.m. for a 4:05 p.m. arrival at IAH.

The Continental flights will provide connections at Heathrow to Star Alliance partner British Midland, which operates more than 50 daily departures to 19 destinations throughout the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In concert with British Midland, Star Alliance carriers at Heathrow link the world with more than 180 daily departures to 67 destinations worldwide.

The new BusinessFirst flat bed seat made its operational debut in November 2009 and is being installed on Continental’s Boeing 777 and 757-200 fleets, with installation on the airline’s 767-400ER and 767-200ERs to begin 2011. The new seat, reclining 180-degrees and providing 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position on the 777 (6 feet 4 inches on the 757-200), measures up to 27 inches when the adjustable armrest is positioned flush with the seat cushion on the 777 (25 inches on the 757-200).

Electronic controls enable customers to move the seats to the custom position most comfortable for them. The seats provide more individual storage space for personal items. Laptop power, headset and USB plugs are conveniently tucked above the customer’s shoulder. iPod connectivity allows all BusinessFirst passengers to view their personal videos and enjoy their music, all while their iPods are charging. The new seats feature 15.4-inch video monitors for passengers to enjoy on-demand movies, music and games, and have a privacy shell that allows for seclusion from other travelers.

Continental’s flights operate from Terminal 4 at London Heathrow.