Continental Airlines is offering a sneak preview of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner interior Monday at the 2010 National Business Travel Association International Convention & Expo, in Houston.
“Continental is excited to unveil the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to some of our best customers,” Dave Hilfman, Continental’s senior vice president of worldwide sales, said in a news release. “The Dreamliner’s unrivaled customer experience and superior economic performance will change the future of travel.”
After displaying its 787 mock-up fuselage at the convention, Continental plans to exhibit it at its Houston hub, in Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal E.
Continental noted such 787 features as pressurization to a lower altitude, larger windows, cleaner, more-humid air, increased luggage space, a quieter cabin, sweeping arches and a simulated cabin sky.
Continental is scheduled to be the first U.S. carrier to get a 787, with the first of its 25 ordered 787s set for delivery in the third quarter of 2011. The jets will have 228 seats, including 36 of Continental’s new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats.
Continental plans to begin nonstop Boeing 787 flights to Auckland, New Zealand, and Lagos, Nigeria, from its Houston hub in Nov. 2011.
“The 787 is an integral part of our international growth strategy,” Greg Hart, Continental’s vice president of network strategy, said in the release. “This next generation of aircraft positions Continental for new long-haul business opportunities — Auckland and Lagos are two great examples of global markets the 787 will enable us to reach.”