Continental Airlines will launch daily nonstop flights Sunday to three new destinations from its Houston hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport: Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG).
The new service to Frankfurt will be operated with Boeing 767-400ER aircraft, seating 35 passengers in BusinessFirst and 200 passengers in economy. Flights will depart Houston daily at 6:55 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 11:45 a.m. the next day. The return flights will depart Frankfurt daily at 1:50 p.m., arriving in Houston at 6:15 p.m. the same day.
"We are pleased to further expand our network of service from Houston by linking our largest hub to Frankfurt, the largest hub of Lufthansa, our new Star Alliance partner," said Jeff Smisek, Continental's president and chief operating officer.
Frankfurt joins London, Paris and Amsterdam as the fourth European city served nonstop by Continental from Houston. Continental also operates flights to Frankfurt, as well as two additional cities in Germany - Berlin and Hamburg - from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The flights to Washington Dulles International Airport will provide customers with increased connecting opportunities between Continental and its Star Alliance partner, United, which has an international hub at Dulles.
Continental Express service from Houston will be operated by ExpressJet using an Embraer regional jet aircraft with 50 seats. The flights from Houston will depart at 7:25 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Return flights will depart Washington, D.C. at 6:05 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:35 p.m.
New service to Washington Dulles from Continental's hub at Cleveland will also begin on November1.
The daily service to Edmonton will be operated using a Boeing 737-500 aircraft with 114 seats. The flights will depart Houston at 6:00 p.m. and arrive at Edmonton at 9:25 p.m. Return flights will depart Edmonton at 6:40 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 11:56 a.m.