Continental Airlines begins service with a new type of regional aircraft from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. The efficient, quiet and comfortable 74-seat Bombardier Q400 will allow Continental to increase seat capacity at its Newark hub without adding more flights. The Q400 is an ideal aircraft to operate at Liberty as it will allow more extensive use of alternate approach and departure routes and will enable flight operations at lower altitudes.
Colgan Air, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines, will operate the flights as Continental Connection on short and medium-distance routes from Liberty. The first cities to be served by Continental from New York using the Q400 are Albany, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Rochester. Additional service from New York and Cleveland will be added throughout 2008