|Ceased operations||March 3, 2012 (merged with United Express)|
SkyTeam (affiliate; 2004-2009)|
Star Alliance (affiliate; 2009-2012)
|Company slogan||"Work Hard. Fly Right."|
Continental Connection was a brand name under which several commuter airline carriers and their holding companies operated services marketed exclusively by Continental Airlines. As such, all Continental Connection banner carrier services were operated primarily with turboprop aircraft in contrast to Continental Express, whose flights were operated by Continental's regional jet partners, ExpressJet Airlines and Chautauqua Airlines. Continental Connection operations were merged into Continental Express in 2012.
According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), earlier Continental Express flights, such as those operated by Royale Airlines followed by Britt Airways from the Continental hub at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), were operated with such turboprop aircraft as the ATR-42, Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia and Grumman Gulfstream I during the 1980s.
|Airline||IATA code||ICAO code||Call sign||Aircraft operated||Parent|
|Cape Air||9K||KAP||Cair||ATR 42
|Hyannis Air Service, Inc.|
|Colgan Air||9L||CJC||Colgan||Bombardier Q400
|Republic Airways Holdings|
|Champlain Enterprises, Inc.|
|Silver Airways (formed from Gulfstream International Airlines)||3M||SIL||Silver Wings||Beechcraft 1900D||Victory Park Capital|
GP Express Airlines of Grand Island, Nebraska also operated as a Continental Connection carrier at Denver and Kansas City from 1994 through 1996. Continental Airlines had discontinued its hub operation at Denver by this time. GP Express operated Beechcraft 1900C and Beechcraft 99 aircraft.
In addition, other commuter and regional air carriers operated turboprop aircraft as Continental Express including Air New Orleans with Beechcraft C99 and British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 propjets primarily with connecting service into the New Orleans (MSY) airport and also to destinations in Florida. Another Continental Express carrier was Royale Airlines operating Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante and Grumman Gulfstream I turboprops with feeder service at Continental's Houston (IAH) hub. Royale also operated Douglas DC-9-10 jet aircraft as a Continental Express carrier. The Royale service in Houston was then replaced by Britt Airways operating as Continental Express and flying ATR-42 and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops.
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q200||16||37||All leased |
Operated by CommutAir
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q300||5||50||Operated by CommutAir|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||29||74||Operated by Colgan Air |
|Saab 340B||10||34||Operated by Colgan Air|
|ATR 42||2||46||Operated by Cape Air|
|Beechcraft 1900D Airliner||21||19||Operated by Silver Airways|
Incidents and accidents
- On February 12, 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 operating on behalf of Continental Connection crashed into a house on Long Road in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport; 50 people, including one on the ground, were killed according to New York State Police.
- On September 7, 2011, Colgan Air Flight 3222, with 23 passengers en route from Houston, TX to Lake Charles, LA landed at Southland Field, which was not their scheduled destination. The crew was subsequently relieved of duty.
- http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 & Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG) editions, Houston Intercontinental flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston Intercontinental flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 1, 1984 Royale Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston Intercontinental flight schedules
- Wald, Matthew (2009-02-13). "Commuter Plane With 48 Aboard Crashes in Buffalo". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- "Flight Crew Relieved From Duty Following Landing at Wrong Airport". Fox News. September 15, 2011.