Continental Airlines

defunct airline of the United States (1934—2012)

Continental Airlines was an American airline based and headquartered in downtown Houston, Texas. It was founded in 1937. [1] It was the fourth-largest airline in the US based on revenue passenger miles. Since 1998, Continental's marketing slogan had been Work Hard, Fly Right. Continental Airlines announced on Monday, May 3, 2010, that they were merging with United Airlines.[2] The merger was approved in September 2010, and the parent company changed its name to United Continental Holdings when United completed its acquisition of Continental. The combined airline takes the United Airlines name but uses Continental's globe and livery. There has been negative reaction to the new livery, many of whom were in favor of keeping the iconic "tulip" logo, designed by Saul Bass in 1973 due to emotional attachments and people not liking change.

Continental Airlines
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FoundedMay 1934
Commenced operationsJuly 8, 1937
Ceased operationsMarch 3, 2012 (merged into United Airlines)
Frequent-flyer programOnePass
Parent companyTexas Air Corporation (1981-1991) United Continental Holdings (2010-2012)

Continental operated flights to destinations throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific regions. Together with its subsidiaries it had more than 2,423 daily departures, serving 130 domestic and 132 international destinations and had 42,210 employees (as of December 2009). Principal operations were from its three hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Continental Micronesia, owned by Continental, operated routes around Micronesia from its hub at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam, and connected the Micronesian region with destinations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Honolulu and Cairns, Australia.



  1. "Continental Airlines Files - airlinefiles". Archived from the original on 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  2. Freed, Joshua; Koenig, David. "Continental, United to combine in $3 bln deal". Retrieved 2010-05-03.[permanent dead link]