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Continental Connection


Continental Connection

Continental Express
Ceased operations March 3, 2012 (merged with United Express)
Frequent-flyer program OnePass
Alliance SkyTeam (affiliate; 2004-2009)
Star Alliance (affiliate; 2009-2012)
Fleet size 83
Headquarters Houston, Texas
CommutAir Beechcraft 1900
Facing forward in the passenger cabin of a CommutAir Beechcraft 1900D displaying the integral and remote field operationally friendly, airstair built into the forward exit of this type of airplane

Continental Connection was a brand name under which several commuter airline carriers and their holding companies operated services marketed exclusively by Continental Airlines. As such all Continental Connection banner carrier services were provided using piston-engine or turboprop aircraft, in contrast to Continental Express, whose flights were operated by Continental's regional jet partners, ExpressJet Airlines and Chautauqua Airlines.

All flights on Continental Connection are given full OnePass frequent flyer credit, as if they were mainline Continental flights.

The "Continental Connection" name was discontinued and the operation was renamed United Express following the merger of Continental Airlines with United Airlines.


  • Operators 1
  • Fleet 2
  • Incidents and accidents 3
  • References 4


GP Express Airlines of Grand Island, Nebraska, also operated as a Continental Connection Carrier at Denver and Kansas City from 1994 through 1996. During this time Continental Airlines had dissolved its hub operation at Denver. The carrier operated Beechcraft 1900C and Beechcraft 99 aircraft. CommutAir operated a sizeable hub at Albany, New York during the 2000's even though Continental Airlines did not have any mainline presence at the city.


Incidents and accidents

  • On February 12, 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 operating on behalf of Continental Connection crashed into a house on Long Road in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport; 50 people, including one on the ground, were killed according to New York State Police.[1]
  • On September 7, 2011, Colgan Air Flight 3222, with 23 passengers en route from Houston, TX to Lake Charles, LA landed at Southland Field, which was not their scheduled destination. The crew was subsequently relieved of duty.[2]


  1. ^ Wald, Matthew (2009-02-13). "Commuter Plane With 48 Aboard Crashes in Buffalo". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Flight Crew Relieved From Duty Following Landing at Wrong Airport". Fox News. September 15, 2011. 
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