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Continental Airlines Applies for Year-Round Service Between Houston and Rio de Janeiro

 

Application includes through flight service to New Orleans

 

HOUSTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it has filed an application with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate daily year-round service between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Rio de Janeiro and through flight service between New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro beginning June 2009.

 

"We continue to see strong demand by our corporate customers for daily nonstop service between these two important oil markets," said John Slater, Continental's staff vice president Latin America and Caribbean sales. "The new flight will complement our existing service between the U.S. and Brazil and provide additional access for tourists traveling between the two cities."

 

Continental proposes to operate the daily service utilizing a Boeing 767-200 on the route, with 25 seats in BusinessFirst and 149 seats in economy. The proposed nonstop flight will be timed to offer convenient flight connections at Continental's Houston hub to more than 104 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

 

The airline currently operates daily nonstop service between Continental's New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport and between Houston and Sao Paulo, with continuing service to Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the airline will operate three times weekly nonstop service between Houston and Rio de Janeiro from Dec. 17, 2008 through Feb. 28, 2009.

 

Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,500 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 134 domestic and 131 international destinations. More than 675 additional points are served via alliance partners. With more than 43,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 69 million passengers per year.

 

Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. For the fifth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 World's Most Admired Airline on its 2008 list of World's Most Admired Companies. For more company information, go to continental.com.

 

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Continental Airlines

 

CONTACT:

Corporate Communications of Continental Airlines, +1-713-324-5080, corpcomm@coair.com

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E a CO já chegou chutando o balde mesmo. Isso só mostra, como o Lipe disse, como os bookings do vôo sazonal estão sendo bons visto que motivou a CO pra apresentar o application tão cedo e pra sete freqüências de uma vez só. Agora uma pergunta ainda não respondida é se o vôo de Newark vai passar a vir ao Rio ou se os pax vindos de NY terão que fazer conexão em Houston.

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Pelo que entendi, vai ser operado o vôo sem escala 3x/semana de dezembro a fevereiro, de fevereiro a junho, volta a ser como está agora e, a partir de junho, começaria, se autorizado, o vôo direto e diário.

Continental proposes to operate the daily service utilizing a Boeing 767-200 on the route, with 25 seats in BusinessFirst and 149 seats in economy.
Não entendi mt bem pq o 762 :uhm: . Se com escala em GRU, a executiva do 764 já lota pro GIG, num vôo s/ escala, a tendência seria lotar mais ainda.
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Um ponto importante na pedido de Continental:

 

Spirit has applied for authority to operate nonstop Fort Lauderdale-Manaus service starting in Fall 2009. Since additional frequencies become available October 1, 2009, the Continental and Spirit applications are not mutually exclusive.

 

Spirit e Continental eles competirão para as freqüências disponíveis e poderiam ser somadas outras linhas aéreas. Isso de Continental ainda não é um fato.

 

MEX2007 :thumbsup:

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Um ponto importante na pedido de Continental:

 

Spirit has applied for authority to operate nonstop Fort Lauderdale-Manaus service starting in Fall 2009. Since additional frequencies become available October 1, 2009, the Continental and Spirit applications are not mutually exclusive.

 

Spirit e Continental eles competirão para as freqüências disponíveis e poderiam ser somadas outras linhas aéreas. Isso de Continental ainda não é um fato.

 

MEX2007 :thumbsup:

 

Não é um fato se outra companhia quiser mais frequências, entretanto, a Delta não está muito bem no ATL-MAO. É possível que o DOT enxergue isso, sem contar que a DL ainda pode se colocar contra o serviço.

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Pedido na íntegra:

 

 

 

Continental Airlines, Inc.

 

OST-2008-0315 - Houston-Rio de Janeiro Frequency Allocation

 

October 28, 2008

 

Application for a Frequency Allocation

 

Continental currently offers daily nonstop B-767 Houston-Sao Paulo-Rio de Janeiro and New York/Newark-Sao Paulo service, and Continental is offering three weekly nonstop B-767 Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights between December 17, 2008 and February 28, 2009 pursuant to provisions in the U.S.-Brazil agreement permitting additional flights during peak seasons. Continental seeks seven frequencies to offer daily nonstop Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights, with continuing through-flight-number service for New Orleans, year-round so it can meet the needs of its corporate customers for access between these important U.S. and Brazilian oil centers as well as providing enhanced access between the U.S. and Rio de Janeiro, one of the most important tourist destinations worldwide, for passengers throughout Continental's Houston hub network.

 

Continental currently holds authority to offer service between Houston and Sao Paulo on Route 758, authority to offer service between Newark Liberty and .both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Route 739, and route integration authority pursuant to authority granted by Order 2006-1-1 which allows it to offer nonstop Houston-Rio de Janeiro service as well as through-flight-number service between New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro.

 

See Notice of Action Taken, Docket OST-1997-2338, December 23, 2005, authorizing Delta to offer New York-Sao Paulo service pursuant to its route integration authority and Order 2004-6-25, which authorizes the use of Brazil frequencies on any route for which the holder has underlying authority.

 

Continental currently holds 14 U.S.-Brazil frequencies, while American holds 57 and Delta holds 32. In addition, American has applied for an additional frequency for Miami-Belo Horizonte service, Delta has applied for two additional frequencies for Los Angeles-Sao Paulo service, and the Department has instituted a proceeding to determine how to re-allocate the two unused United Brazil frequencies sought by American and Delta. See Order 2008-10-20.

 

Spirit has applied for authority to operate nonstop Fort Lauderdale-Manaus service starting in Fall 2009. Since additional frequencies become available October 1, 2009, the Continental and Spirit applications are not mutually exclusive.

 

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Bruce Keiner, 202-624-2500

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Não, completa mesmo segue abaixo:

APPLICATION OF CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. FOR A FREQUENCY ALLOCATION

Continental¹ applies for seven U.S.-Brazil frequencies to institute daily B-767 New Orleans-Houston-Rio de Janeiro service starting June 1, 2009. To maximize the benefits of the additional frequencies negotiated successfully by the U.S. permitting Rio de Janeiro service as of June 2009, Continental asks that the requested frequency allocation be made assoon as possible² so Continental can secure foreign authority and commence the planning, marketing and sales of its new service well in advance of start-up. Continental asks that its Houston-Rio de Janeiro frequency allocation remain in effect indefinitely.

 

Continental states as follows in support of its application:

 

1. Continental currently offers daily nonstop B-767 Houston-Sao Paulo-Rio de Janeiro and New York/Newark-Sao Paulo service, and Continental is offering three weekly nonstop B-767 Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights between December 17, 2008 and February 28,2009 pursuant to provisions in the U.S.-Brazil agreement permitting additional flights during peak seasons. Continental seeks seven frequencies to offer daily nonstop Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights, with continuing through-flight-number service for New Orleans, year-round so it can meetthe needs of its corporate customers for access between these important U.8. and Brazilian oil centers as well as providing enhanced access between the U.S. and Rio de Janeiro, one of the most important tourist destinations worldwide, for passengers throughout Continental's Houston hub network. Continental's proposed Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights will offer connections at Continental's Houston hub for more than 104 points throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as through-flight-number New Orleans service.

 

2. With the critical addition of Houston-Rio de Janeiro nonstop service, Continental will have the core elements of the comprehensive U.S.- Brazil network it requires to compete effectively with American and Delta, which both hold significantly more U.S.-Brazil frequencies than Continental.³ Daily New Orleans-Houston-Rio de Janeiro flights will enable Continental to tailor its U.S.-Brazil capacity to demand, to increase the Rio de Janeiro service options available to the U.S. traveling public and to maximize the public benefits that can be secured from the additional frequencies that become available in June 2009 for U.S.-Rio de Janeiro service.⁴

 

3. Continental currently holds authority to offer service between Houston and Sao Paulo on Route 758, authority to offer service between Newark Liberty and both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on Route 739, and route integration authority pursuant to authority granted by Order 2006-1-1 which allows it to offer nonstop Houston-Rio de Janeiro service⁵ as well as through-flight-number service between New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. The authority sought by Continental complies fully with the terms of the U.S.-Brazil Air Transport Agreement, as recently amended by the Memorandum of Consultations between the United States and Brazil dated June 26, 2008, and will utilize the seven new frequencies permitting additional Rio de Janeiro service that become available June 1, 2009 most effectively.

 

4. Continental holds various certificates of public convenience and necessity and exemptions authorizing it to engage in scheduled air transportation of persons, property and mail, and Continental is fit, willing and able to provide the service for which it seeks renewal (see, e.g. Notice of Action Taken, Docket OST-2005-20122, March 9,2007; Order 2005-3-24, Docket OST-2004-19077; Order OST-2002-7-31, Docket OST-96-2016; Order 2002-5-25, Dockets OST-98-4686 and 02-11760; Order 2001-12-8, Docket OST-96-1318; Order 2001-5-26, Docket OST-01-8910; and Order 2000-8-19, Docket OST-00-6841) and is clearly in the public interest.

 

For the foregoing reasons, Continental asks the Department to award it seven U.S.-Brazil frequencies promptly so it can begin securing foreign authority and marketing its daily New Orleans-Houston-Rio de Janeiro service well in advance of the June 1, 2009, start-up date.

 

Respectfully submitted,

CROWELL & MORING LLP

 

R. Bruce Keiner, J r. .

rbkeiner@crowell.com

 

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¹ Common names are used for airlines.

 

² The Department's July 7,2008, notice inviting applications for the 2008 U.S.-Brazil opportunities said it would "entertain applications for the rights that will become available in 2009 and 2010 in a future proceeding." Continental urges the Department to entertain such applications now, at least for the June 2009 opportunity, to facilitate advance marketing and sales so operations pursuant to the new authority can be instituted on the most economic basis possible as soon as the opportunity becomes available.

 

³ Continental current1y holds 14 U.S.-Brazil frequencies, while American holds 57 and Delta holds 32. In addition, American has applied for an additional frequency for Miami-Belo Horizonte service, Delta has applied for two additional frequencies for Los Angeles-Sao Paulo service, and the Department has instituted a proceeding to determine how to re-allocate the two unused United Brazil frequencies sought by American and Delta. See Order 2008-10-20.

 

⁴ Spirit has applied for authority to operate nonstop Fort Lauderdale-Manaus service starting in Fa1l2009. Since additional frequencies become available October 1, 2009, the Continental and Spirit applications are not mutually exclusive.

 

⁵ See Notice of Action Taken, Docket OST 97-2338, December 23, 2005, authorizing Delta to offer New York-Sao Paulo service pursuant to its route integration authority and Order 2004-6-25, which authorizes the use of Brazil frequencies on any route for which the holder has underlying authority.

 

 

 

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Não entendi mt bem pq o 762 :uhm: . Se com escala em GRU, a executiva do 764 já lota pro GIG, num vôo s/ escala, a tendência seria lotar mais ainda.

 

Justificaria eles fazerem o vôo 2 ou 3 vezes por semana com um 737 ou A320 "all business" da Privatair?

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Certamente a CO vai colocar 2 767-200 na rota do Rio e a tendência é colocar outros 2 para São Paulo. Num futuro se a rota do Rio mostrar o que é esperado, um grande atrativo da Industria do Petróleo, nada mais natural que termos IAH-GRU de 762, IAH-GIG de 764 e EWR-GRU de 762.

 

 

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A Spirit ainda quer operar rotas EUA- Norte/Nordeste do Brasil ?

 

Ela não retirou o pedido de 7 frequências para voar FLL-MAO, portanto presume-se que sim.

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Justificaria eles fazerem o vôo 2 ou 3 vezes por semana com um 737 ou A320 "all business" da Privatair?
Acho que não pois a econômica tb é importante e significativa. Além disso, se bem lembro, o 73G da PTI leva 48C e o 764 da COA, 35C, ou seja, do 764 pro 73G, haveria um aumento de quase 40% na oferta, a diferença é grande.
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