Continental Airlines is to launch daily nonstop
flights between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport
and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and through flight service between New
Orleans and Rio de Janeiro beginning August 1, 2009.
Continental plans to operate the daily service
using a Boeing 767-200 aircraft, with 25 seats in
BusinessFirst and 149 seats in economy.
Flight CO129 will depart
Houston at 9:15 p.m. arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 9:15
a.m. the next day. The return flight CO128 will depart Rio de Janeiro at 9:45 p.m. and arrive in Houston the following
morning at 6:00 a.m..
The nonstop flight will be timed to
offer convenient flight connections at Continental's Houston hub
to cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
“This new flight links important energy centers with convenient nonstop service,” said John Slater, staff vice
president Latin America and Caribbean. “It also provides the most
direct routing from numerous western points being that it
is the only nonstop flight between Houston and Rio west of
The airline currently operates daily
nonstop services between Continental’s New York hub at
Newark Liberty International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos
International Airport and between Houston and São Paulo,
with continuing service to Rio de Janeiro.
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