19 JULY 2010


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Article from BTNews 19 JULY 2010

Continental Airlines goes flat

HEATHROW is all flat beds now for Continental Airlines.  The Houston-based carrier, soon to merge with Chicago’s United, has now completed 25 aircraft with its new BusinessFirst seats, and all flights out of Heathrow are fitted thus.  The carrier's flat-bed seats made their operational debut in November 2009 and are being installed on aircraft used on long haul international routes.  Priority for the seats are on the airline’s Boeing 777 and 757-200 fleets, with 11 777s and 14 757-200s completed.  In addition, Continental will take delivery of two new Boeing 777 aircraft outfitted with the flat-bed seats by the end of July.  The BusinessFirst flat-bed seat reclines 180 degrees and provides 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position on the Boeing 777 (6 feet 4 inches on the Boeing 757-200).  It is one of the widest business class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches (25 inches on the 757-200).  Laptop power, headset and USB plugs are provided as is iPod connectivity.  The new seats feature 15.4-inch monitors. www.continental.com

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