Continental Airlines will become the first US carrier to inaugurate scheduled service between New York and Shanghai, China with daily nonstop flights from the airline’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The new service will provide daily nonstop flights in the largest US-China market that today lacks daily service, linking the world’s financial center and top business and tourism destination with China’s center for finance and trade.
Continental president and chief operating officer Jeff Smisek said, ‘China is a valued international market for Continental, and we expect great success from this new nonstop route to Shanghai. China remains an important business destination, with economic growth projected to continue this year despite the weakened global economy. We are proud to bring our outstanding product to Shanghai by launching this service as previously announced, even as other airlines are canceling or delaying similar routes.’
Eturbonews reports that Continental has operated nonstop service between New York and Hong Kong since 2001 and between New York and Beijing since 2005. With the new service to Shanghai, Continental will be the only airline in the world providing daily nonstop service between New York and three Chinese cities.