HOUSTON and ATHENS – Star Alliance partners Continental
Airlines and Aegean Airlines today announced plans to start
codesharing on Continental’s flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty
International Airport and Athens, as well as on selected flights operated by Aegean
Airlines in Europe.
Effective August 23, 2010, Continental will place its “CO” code on selected Aegean
Airlines-operated flights between Athens and six leading holiday destinations in
Greece (Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Chania) and between
Athens and Larnaca, Cyprus. At a future date to be determined, Continental will also
codeshare on Aegean flights between Athens and London/Heathrow, United
Kingdom, and Munich and Frankfurt, Germany. Pending government approval,
Continental will also codeshare on Aegean flights between Athens and Paris/Charles
de Gaulle, France, and Rome/Fiumicino, Italy.
Also effective August 23, 2010, Aegean Airlines will place its “A3” code on
Continental’s flights between New York/Newark and Athens. Pending government
approval, Aegean will also codeshare on Continental flights from New York/Newark
to Paris/Charles de Gaulle and to Rome/Fiumicino.
“Aegean Airlines continues to expand its codeshare strategy across the world. Thanks
to this new partnership with Continental Airlines we can now offer Greek passengers
a great travel solution to New York,” said Aegean Airlines’ chief executive officer,
Dimitris Gerogiannis. “This is another example of the many new advantages our
recent Star Alliance membership offers our passengers.”
“Continental is delighted to partner with Aegean Airlines,” said Jim Compton,
Continental’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “The agreement
will offer our US-originating customers seamless access, via Athens, to many of
Greece’s most popular destinations, as well as increasing travel options for our Greek
Because both Continental and Aegean Airlines are members of Star Alliance,
members of Continental’s frequent flyer program, OnePass, and Aegean Airlines’
frequent flyer program, Miles & Bonus, are able to earn and redeem mileage
anywhere on either airline’s global route network. Continental BusinessFirst
passengers, OnePass Star Alliance Gold members and Presidents Club members
traveling on a same-day Star Alliance member flight are able to access Aegean
Airlines Lounges at the flight’s departure city, while Aegean Airlines Business Class
passengers and Miles & Bonus Star Alliance Gold members are able to access
Continental’s Presidents Club lounges worldwide prior to departure on a same-day
Star Alliance member flight.
Continental has been serving Athens since 2007. The airline’s flights to New
York/Newark are operated with Boeing 767-400ER aircraft with a total of 235 seats –
35 in the award-winning BusinessFirst cabin and 200 in economy.