Tuesday December 6, 2022

Continental responds to Concorde decision

Continental Airlines has put out a response to a French court’s decision finding it and a mechanic criminally responsible for the 2000 crash involving an Air France Concorde SST. Says Continental: “While we agree with the court’s decision that Stanley Ford was innocent of the charges he faced and we share his relief that his […]

United, Continental close merger

For those who were wondering why we haven’t put anything on the blog about the United Airlines-Continental Airlines merger becoming final today, let us advise you that United Airlines and Continental Airlines became final today. They closed the deal. It’s now United Continental Holdings Inc. (Incidentally, that’s a lot to type for those of us […]

Continental Airlines, UAL shareholders approve merger

Continental Airlines and UAL/United Airlines shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve their merger,Continental said Friday. Shareholders of both Continental and UAL were meeting Friday morning to consider the merger, which is expected to close Oct. 1. “We are grateful for our stockholders’ strong vote of confidence in this merger,” said Jeff Smisek, Continental’s chairman, president […]

Continental, United lay out plan for merging FAA certificates

When we talk about a merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines, we tend to think of it as a simple marriage of two parties. But in fact, between the two of them, the carriers hold five different operating certificates that must be dealt with as the two consummate their coupling. Continental has separate air […]

Continental exec talks about the three stages of the United merger

Continental Airlines chairman and CEO Jeff Smisek on Thursday posted a note on his internal “Jeff’s Journal” for Continental employees to let them know how Continental will merge with United Airlines. For their edification, and ours, Smisek points out there are actually three mergers: 1. The legal one, which Continental and United expect to be […]

United, Continental reveal their post-merger look

United Airlines and Continental Airlines unveiled the new logo and livery for their merged airline Wednesday, combing United’s name and Continental’s global image. Below, we have photos of a Continental airplane, a United airplane and the merged airline’s airplane in the new livery. My impression? It may say United, but it looks a whole lot […]

Continental, UAL settle merger lawsuit filed by Continental shareholders

Continental Airlines and UAL has settled three lawsuits filed by unhappy shareholders who didn’t like what they were getting in Continental’s merger with United Airlines, Continental said Tuesday. In the settlement, reached Sunday, the plaintiffs agreed to dismiss with prejudice their lawsuits on their merits, and all defendants would be released from any and all […]

Continental has record loads in July

Continental Airlines said Monday it filled 88.5 percent of its seats in July, the highest July load factor in its history. Including regional carriers, its consolidated load factor was 88.0 percent, also a record. Domestic loads were actually down a bit from 90.5 percent in July 2009 to 89.1 percent last month. But international loads […]

Continental talks about new United management team

Continental Airlines sent its employees a question-and-answer memo Tuesday to talk about the new senior management team announced earlier in the day. Here it is: 1. How did Jeff choose this team? Jeff met with senior officers of both Continental and United and consulted with Glenn Tilton, and Jeff and Glenn consulted with their respective […]

EC approves United, Continental merger

The European Commission gave its okay Tuesday to the merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines, saying it wouldn’t “significantly impede effective competition.” The two carriers, which still are undergoing U.S. review, hope to wrap up the merger in fourth quarter 2010. Here’s part of the EC’s announcement: The activities of the parties overlap in […]