Continental Airlines has expanded its mobile boarding pass service to Frankfurt Airport, the airline saying that by doing so it has become the first U.S. carrier to offer paperless boarding passes outside of the United States.

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In precedent-setting enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined three airlines for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight CO2816 to remain on the aircraft for an unreasonable period of time at Rochester International Airport in Minnesota on August 8.

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Continental Airlines is launching daily nonstop service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Munich on March 27, 2010.

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Members of United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ frequent flyer programs who have earned elite status will receive unlimited, complimentary domestic upgrades on flights operated by both airlines when space is available.

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Continental Airlines says it has experienced a major increase in the effectiveness of its recycling programs after the company put special emphasis on recycling projects to support its commitment to the environment.

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Continental Airlines is moving its airport operations at both Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona as part of its continuing effort to provide easy connections between its flights and those of other Star Alliance airlines.

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A detailed economic-impact study carried out for Continental Airlines shows that in 2008 the airline’s operations contributed more than $6.3 billion in gross regional product to the New York/New Jersey region.

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As Continental Airlines was being officially inducted into the Star Alliance at an October 27 ceremony at Newark Liberty International Airport, two new talking points surfaced regarding another potential new member of the alliance and possible additional members for the Atlantic-Plus-Plus international joint venture within Star.

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Continental Airlines is launching new service from Los Angeles to Maui and from Orange County to Honolulu on March 7, 2010, and plans to begin a second daily flight on the Los Angeles-Honolulu route the same day.

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Continental Airlines is moving its Tokyo operations to the South Wing of Terminal 1 at Narita International Airport on November 1.

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Continental Airlines is changing many policy details in its OnePass frequent flyer program, with some of the changes taking place in conjunction with the airline joining the Star Alliance on October 27.

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The Transportation Security Administration and Continental Airlines are expanding their paperless boarding pass pilot program at San Francisco International Airport.

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Continental Airlines is charging $50 for a second checked bag for passengers traveling between Europe and the United States, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on lower-yield economy-class tickets.

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Through its regional airline partners, Continental Airlines will begin new daily non-stop service from its hubs at Houston and Cleveland to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on November 1.

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A preliminary investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) into a six-hour overnight tarmac delay at Rochester, Minnesota on August 8 by Continental Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines has found that Delta Air Lines subsidiary Mesaba Airlines was to blame ― not ExpressJet, as was widely reported.

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Continental Airlines plans to launch daily non-stop service from its Houston hub to Edmonton International Airport, Alberta on November 1, subject to government approval.

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Continental Airlines plans to join the Star Alliance on October 27. The Houston airline will end its participation in the SkyTeam alliance after its last scheduled flight on October 24.

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Continental Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are expanding a pilot program at San Diego International Airport that uses paperless boarding passes.

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Continental Airlines is launching service from its Guam hub and Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji on December 18.

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