he first Continental Airlines aircraft with the Economy Plus seating pioneered by sister carrier United Airlines will enter service on November 19, offering Continental...

The first Continental Airlines aircraft with the Economy Plus seating pioneered by sister carrier United Airlines will enter service on November 19, offering Continental passengers four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767-400ER, will also feature new flat-bed seats in the BusinessFirst cabin and new touch-screen seat-back monitors in Economy.

In addition, the aircraft will be the first in the Continental fleet to feature the popular Channel 9 air traffic control communications offered by United. Customers in both cabins also will have advanced audio/video on demand and in-seat power outlets.

“The merger of United and Continental is a unique opportunity to build an airline with leading products and services that customers value and are willing to pay for,” says Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc., the parent company of both Continental Airlines and United Airlines.

Continental Airlines' huge, all-Boeing fleet includes 16 long-haul 767-400ERs (one is pictured here), as well as 20 777-200ERs, 10 767-200ERs and 41 757-200ERs. Each of Continental's 767-400ERs in configured to seat 35 in Business First and 200 in economy-class

United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. Today, the airline offers the extra-legroom seating on all mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger United Express regional jets.

When United Continental Holdings fully deploys Economy Plus throughout Continental Airlines’ fleet and the Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft operated by Colgan Airways under the Continental Connection franchise, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats.

This will provide customers with more than 122,000 extra-legroom economy class seats each day, more than any airline in the world, according to United Continental Holdings. Inc.

Customers with elite status in United’s Mileage Plus and Continental’s OnePass frequent-flyer programs may confirm complimentary seat assignments in Economy Plus, when available. Customers may also purchase Economy Plus seating on United and United Express aircraft through united.com, through a reservations agent or during the check-in process online or at the airport.

Customers booked on Continental Airlines flights that include Economy Plus may purchase available Economy Plus seating during check-in.

In 2012, after the airline retrofits a larger number of Continental aircraft, customers will also be able to purchase Continental’s Economy Plus seating online and through a reservations agent. Additional information is available at www.continental.com/economyplus.

The expansion of Economy Plus to Continental aircraft comes as United Continental Holdings continues with plans to invest more than $550 million to upgrade aircraft interiors, including new flat-bed seats in premium cabins, larger overhead bins and improved in-flight entertainment options. The new flat-bed seats are available today on more than 125 aircraft.

In addition, more than 160 aircraft in the Continental and United fleets feature DIRECTV.