Continental unveils 777 New York-Hong Kong flights

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Continental Airlines says it will launch non-stop Boeing 777-200 operated flights to Hong Kong From New York early next year.

Continental says that subject to regulatory approval it will launch the first daily non-stop flights connecting Hong Kong and New York from 1 March 2001.

The carrier adds that the 7,337 nm (13,573km) flight will not only be the longest non-stop service operated by a US-based airline but also the longest route operated using the twin-engined 777 worldwide. The flights will take approximately 16h 30 minutes outbound and 15h 40 minutes inbound.

Continental chairman and chief executive officer Gordon Bethune says Hong Kong "is the largest market from New York that is currently without scheduled non-stop service, and it is clear that most travellers prefer a non-stop".

Timed to connect with Continental's North and Latin American route networks, flight 99 will depart Newark international airport at 11:00 arriving at Hong Kong's international airport at Chek Lap Kok at 16:30 the following day. Returning flight 98 will depart Hong Kong at 12:45, arriving in Newark at 15:25 the same day.

Continental, the fifth largest carrier in the US, currently serves Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and the islands of Micronesia in the Asia-Pacific region while additional services are provided by subsidiary Continental Micronesia, which operates three-times weekly to Hong Kong from Guam.

The carrier also provides daily non-stop 777-operated flights to Tokyo from both New York and Houston. Elsewhere in Japan the carrier serves Fukuoka, Nagoya, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka, Sapporo and Sendai.