Continental Airlines is inaugurating a fifth daily flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on October...

Continental Airlines is inaugurating a fifth daily flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on October 30.

The airline also operates two daily flights from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), its largest hub, to Heathrow.


Its new additional flight offers Continental Airlines customers a new late-evening departure from Newark Liberty (EWR), while the westbound schedule now features an early-morning departure from London Heathrow (LHR).

“The fifth daily New York/Newark-Heathrow service enables Continental to offer its customers on this flagship route a choice of flights at popular times of the day,” says Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc. “With this improved schedule and all our Heathrow flights featuring flat-bed seats in our award-winning BusinessFirst cabin, Continental has a highly attractive offering on the New York-London route, one of the most competitive routes in the world.”

Continental Airlines is increasingly using its fleet of ETOPS-equipped Boeing 757-200s (which also now all are 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

From October 30 (timings will be different after Daylight Saving Time on ends November 7; for verification of schedules, go to continental.com), Continental’s daily London winter schedule will see flight CO18 (operated by a Boeing 757-200) departing EWR at 10:00 a.m. and arriving at LHR at 9:20 p.m. local time.

Flight CO28, another 757 flight, will leave EWR at 7:15 p.m. and land at LHR at 6:20 a.m. the next day. CO112, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, pushes back at EWR at 8:15 p.m. in order to reach LHR at 7:25 a.m. the next day. CO110, a 757 flight, departs EWR at 10:15 p.m. in order to get to LHR at 9:25 a.m. the next day; and CO114, also operated by a 757, leaves EWR at 11:05 p.m. and touches down at LHR at 10:15 a.m. the next day.

From Houston, Continental’s Boeing 777-200ER flight CO34 is timed to depart IAH at 4:50 p.m. in order to reach LHR at 6:50 a.m. the next day, local time. Flight CO4, also a Boeing 777 flight, leaves IAH at 7:00 p.m. and lands at LHR at 9:00 a.m. the next day.

Between London/Heathrow and Newark, Continental’s flight CO115 (a 757-200) is scheduled to push back at 8:40 a.m. and to arrive at EWR at 1:05 p.m. the same day, local time. CO29, a Boeing 777 flight, leaves LHR at 9:30 a.m. and reaches EWR at 1:30 p.m. Boeing 757 flight CO113 departs LHR at 10:30 a.m. and makes it into EWR at 3:00 p.m. Flight CO111, operated by a 757, detaches from the gate at 11:35 a.m. in order to land at EWR at 4:05 p.m. CO19, another 757 flight, departs LHR at 5:00 p.m. and arrives at EWR at 9:30 p.m.

From Heathrow to Houston, flight CO35 leaves LHR at 9:20 a.m. and lands at IAH at 2:45 p.m. the same day, local time. Flight CO5 pushes back from the gate at LHR at 10:45 a.m. in order to reach IAH at 4:10 p.m. Both flights are operated by Boeing 777-200ERs.

As well as offering a broad range of schedule options for travelers between New York and London, the flights provide connections at Heathrow on Star Alliance partner carriers and other airlines to an extensive network of service throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Continental operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Continental’s Boeing 777-200s carry 276 passengers in all, 50 passengers in their BusinessFirst cabins and 226 in their Economy cabins; and its Boeing 757-200s can seat 175, the aircraft being configured with 16 BusinessFirst seats and 159 Economy seats. All Continental aircraft scheduled for its Heathrow flights feature new, flat-bed seats in their BusinessFirst cabins.

In addition to its Heathrow flights, Continental operates non-stop services from Newark to Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, as well as Dublin and Shannon – offering transatlantic service to more cities in the U.K. and Ireland than any other airline. The Bristol service will be discontinued from November 6.

In addition, Continental and Virgin Atlantic Airways codeshare on several Virgin Atlantic-operated flights from Newark to London Heathrow and London Gatwick.