Continental Airlines will launch daily, nonstop westbound flights from Houston, TX to Lagos, Nigeria beginning November 11, 2011. Subject to government approval, it will be the first daily scheduled service offered between Africa and Texas by any carrier.
Lagos will be Continental's first destination in Africa and the 30th city in its transatlantic route. Continental will operate the approximately 6,500-mile flight with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, seating 36 customers in BusinessFirst and 192 customers in Economy. Flying times will be approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes westbound and 11 hours eastbound. The new flight will reduce travel time between the two cities by over four hours by eliminating any connection en route.
In the winter, flights will depart Houston at 3:45 p.m. and arrive in Lagos at 9:40 a.m. the next day. Return service will leave Nigeria at 11:10 a.m. and land in Texax at 4:40 p.m. that same day.
For summer service, flights will leave Houston at 3:50 p.m. and arrive in Lagos at 9:15 a.m. the next day. Return flights depart Nigeria at 10:45 a.m. and arrive in Texas at 4:40 p.m the same day.
Continental will begin taking reservations and selling tickets on the new route later this year.