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Continental Airlines Inc.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Shuttle Burgers and Space Age Memorabilia

    Inside the shady dining room at Shuttle Burgers, inflatable space shuttles and cartoonishly fat airplanes twirl slowly at the end of fishing wire suspended from the mottled ceiling tiles. In one corner, a crackling television set's handwritten paper sign implores guests: "Don't change the channel! T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest vs. United: The Tale of the Texas Tape

    This week brings another chapter in the titanic showdown between Southwest Airlines, who wants to fly international flights out of Hobby, and United Airlines, the company that flies international flights out of Bush. United knows that allowing international flights out of Hobby would be a very, ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    United vs. Southwest Deathcage Match: Your Campaign Donations Scorecard

    Houston City Council is currently in an uproar over Mayor Annise Parker's tentative proposal to allow Southwest to have international flights out of Hobby Airport. Councilmembers have said the proposal is rushed and would harm United Airlines, which, of course, merged with Continental and flies int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Patti LaBelle Airport Brawl: Her Son Can Sue Continental Airlines for Overserving West Point Cadet

    Pattil LaBelle's son will be able to accuse Continental Airlines in court of overserving the West Point cadet who got in a fight with the singer's entourage. Zuri Edwards, who is also his mother's bodyguard, was one of the people sued by the cadet, Richard King. LaBelle and several others have file ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Continental Told To Butt Out Of Pilot's Bedrooms

    "No tears and no hearts breaking, no remorse..."​Continental Airlines kicked up a stir in 2009 when they went after nine pilots for having "sham divorces" in order to get early pension benefits. The airline apparently felt it could determine what is and isn't true love, or true divorce, a ski ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    United: Continental's Merger Partner Keeps Tripping Up on 9/11

    We all await the next misstep​Remember the good old days, when Houston's Continental Airlines only had to endure PR fiascos like killing off the Concorde? The airline has, of course, merged with United Airlines, and things have not gone smoothly from a public-relations standpoint. The new pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Mo Hussein: Claims Continental Tossed Him Off Flight and Stranded Him For Speaking a Foreign Language

    Continental wanted less Hussein, suit says.​These days, if you're a businessman with a name like Mo Hussein, you're fighting an uphill battle in America. You've probably heard all the jokes you care to. But that doesn't mean you should be kicked off a plane and stranded 1,500 miles from home ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Come Here and Hang Out

    Midtown Lounge has a prestigious location, but none of the usual neighborhood pomp.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    What's Closed: Your One-Stop List, Updated Throughout the Day

    ​The announcements of closings due to the anticipated winter storm are beginning to roll in, the most significant so far being HISD closing all its schools and offices tomorrow. We'll be keeping a list of what's closed and updating it throughout the day, so check back frequently for news. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Saudi Diplomats Sue Continental for Kicking Them off Plane

    Flying to the courthouse​Two Saudi Arabian diplomats have filed suit here against Continental Airlines, saying they were tossed off a flight to Houston simply because they were speaking a foreign language. The action "unnecessarily subjected [them] to humiliation, degradation and embarrassmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Chihuahua Invasion: Brace Yourself For Cuteness, Houston

    I, Chihuahua​The Houston SPCA is about to get hit with an airlift of 30 homeless Chihuahuas from Los Angeles. Officials are unsure if the city can handle the sudden influx of cuteness, but apparently have determined it is worth the risk. Chihuahuas are as common in LA as independent movie pro ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010
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    December 8, 2010

    Slim Thug Requests "Sympathy P*ssy" After Flight Diverted

    Marco Torres​Guess who was on the Continental Airlines flight from San Jose to Houston that was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., this morning because of a "disruptive passenger"? That's right, the Boss of All Bosses, Slim Thug. Guess how we know? That's right, Twitter. Apparently the passenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Troy Fields​Have you ever wanted to play chef for a day in the vast kitchen at Brennan's? Your chance to man the stoves (seen above) is coming up, as Alex Brennan Martin has now revived the Creole restaurant's beloved "Chef For A Day" program. Available only to one person per day (and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Continental Airlines Puts an End to the Free Meal...in Coach

    Felix Sanchez/PR Newswire​Admit it. You knew this day would come. People have been ragging on airline food for almost as long as people have been flying in planes. And now they want you to pay for it. Yes, Continental Airlines is introducing menu-based cuisine to the skies. Beginning Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Continental Airlines: Last Stand For The Logo Downtown (Updated: People Are Acting On Rumors)

    Photo by Richard ConnellyEnjoy it while it lasts, fellas​ Word has gone out to employees at Continental Airlines in downtown Houston: The historic -- iconic, even -- logo in front of the company's (former) headquarters will be gone after today.As a result, people have been getting their pictures t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Continental & United: We Lost The Headquarters, But Won The Logo Battle

    Losing everything but the logo battle​Houston's Continental Airlines didn't make out too well in its merger with United, at least from the viewpoint of Houston -- the headquarters is gone, jobs are gone, flights will no doubt be more of a hassle.But at least Continental won the fight over what the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Cecil Harris Young & Recessioned: At A Job Fair, Trying To Find A People Job

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Cecil Harris, who spent Monday afternoon at a Houston career fair trying to find some work. I've been looking for a job since December, and it's like, there are no jobs. I was working as a dispatcher with an incorporated company for Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Annise Parker Says Fear Not Tthe Continental/United Merger

    Continental -- just a memory now​Houston's Continental Airlines is seemingly about to be taken over by the Yankee corporation of United Airlines in a $3 billion merger than will create the world's largest airline.That airline will not be named Continental.Bad news for Houston? Not necessarily so, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    First, They Came For My Legroom...Then They Came For My Food

    ​Earlier this month Houston's Continental Airlines announced that it would be improving its customer service for tall people by charging them for legroom.Today the airline announced it would be improving customer service for everybody in coach by no longer giving them free food."Continental Airlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    No Tears And No Hearts Breaking, No Remorse: Judge Throws Out Continental's Suit Against Divorced Pilots

    ​We wrote this summer about Continental Airlines' decision to sue some of its pilots who, the company thought, had undergone bogus divorces in order to get some pension benefits.The pilots were still in love, the airline essentially argued, and therefore shouldn't be getting the early pensions tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Houston Companies Don't Do Too Badly In Survey Of Gay-Friendly Workplaces

    ​The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has issued its latest rankings of how businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees, and things look a little better than last year.The report gave 305 businesses a top score of 100 this year; that's an increase from last year's 260. Eleven of the top 20 Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Continental Airlines Manages To Piss Off India

    Continental Airlines is having a tough stretch -- its CEO quit, its recently announced earnings are dismaying Wall Street (What do those two things have in common? Hmmm....), its laying off a bunch of workers, and now it's got the parliament of India all in an uproar.Indian politicians are shocked, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Larry Kellner Out At Continental Airlines

    Larry Kellner, the head of Continental Airlines and a prominent guy in Houston political, social and charitable circles, is gone.The airline announced that he "has decided to return to private equity at year-end after 14 years with Continental, the last five of them as chairman and CEO."Taking his p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    For Continental's 75th Anniversary: Five Not-So-Great Highlights

    Houston's Continental Airlines announced today it's taking delivery of a plane done up in "retro livery," which to the rest of us means an old-school paint job and decoration, to celebrate the 75th anniversary.It's "The Blue Skyway" design from 1947, in case you're interested, and was chosen by curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Continental Airlines: Work Hard, Fly Right -- Unless You're A Kid

    For the second time in a week, Houston's Continental Airlines has admitted they sent an unaccompanied minor passenger to the wrong destination.One 10-year-old girl who was trying to get from Boston to Cleveland ended up in Newark. (The only time ending up in Newark is "not so bad" is when you were i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Continental Airlines, Like Foreigner, Wants To Know What Love Is

    Eminem and Kim Mathers could do it. So could Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Richard Burton and Liz Taylor elevated it to an art form. Of course, we're talking about revolving-door couples; putting cyanide in each other's wine one minute, dancing to "Endless Love" the next. Rinse, wash, repeat.And as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    The Former Chron Employees' List, So Far (Updated April 3)

    So far we've been limiting our list of laid-off Chron people to names readers might recognize; we've heard from some current and ex-Chronsters that they'd like a master list, since no centralized information is coming anywhere else.With that in mind, here's what we've heard so far. Other names are s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Local Pakistani Sues Continental Airlines Over Treatment

    A Houston man is suing Continental because he ended up spending time in a London jail and can never fly with the airline again, all because -- his lawyer says -- he didn't know how to work his new cell phone.Saquib Fatah, who lives here with his wife and son, flew Continental from Houston to London, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Continental: Thanks For Letting Us Screw You

    Richard Jones flew on Continental so much that he saw some employees "more than my family members," but after a recent experience, he says he's finished doing business with the airline.  It all started when Jones booked a flight from College Station to New York last spring and had to cancel the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    You Are Now Free To Bounce Around The Runway

    Think you had a bad weekend?It could have been worse: You could have been coming home from Denver on Contintental.As you've no doubt heard, a Continental jet skidded off the runway into a ravine while trying to take off Saturday.Continental has issued an Official Statement: "The care of our passenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    In The Unlikely Event Your Algae Causes A Water Landing...

    Continental Airlines announced today they're scheduling a test flight next month in which a 737 will be powered by algae.So if you're nervous flier, this is the thing for you. Not only do you get to worry about sitting in an increibly thinly walled aluminum tube, being held up only by some theory, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Guy Sues Continental Airlines over Fuel Surcharges

    Pissed off about those extra bucks some airlines are forcing you to shell out in fuel surcharges? Even more ticked off when you pay extra for the plane’s gas and then don’t even make the flight? Well, Timothy Moriarty is. He’s so incensed, in fact, that he’s suing Continental Airlines over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Aftermath: The Black Keys at Meridian

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Live-music fatigue is an awful thing, but it happens. It must be really bad for the people who only go to three or four concerts a year. But sometimes even us diehards have to say uncle. And so it was at the Black Keys last night. Through no fault of the Akron-based vulcan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Airline Food: Now There's An Even Better Reason To Ignore It

    This just in: Airplane food is not just the butt of jokes anymore – it’s also a charitable donation. The Houston Food Bank recently started accepting unused food from Continental Airlines for its Backpack Buddy program which aids kids classified as “chronically hungry.” Houston Food Bank spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    No Panic Yet At Spec's

    Houston, we’re disappointed in you. Rush-hour traffic starts at 3 p.m., but yet – in the midst of a hurricane that could have us held up in our homes for who knows how long (read: a couple of hours) – Spec’s Liquor Store was pretty empty at 3:30 p.m.. “I think about 5 p.m.” says manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Breaking News, Sorta

    Just spoke to Marlene McClinton, spokeswoman for the Houston Airport System, about fumes emanating from a Continental Airlines jet at Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal C. Three Continental employees were overcome by the fumes, which supposedly were coming from a U.S. Mail bin. The three Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    Please Check Your Seatbacks -- and Pilot

    Modern Drunkard Magazine What harm's a little rum between IAH and DFW ? Our pals at KHOU broke another good one yesterday. You may have heard that a Continental Airlines pilot was pulled from duty Sunday after testing positive for alcohol. Seems a Continental employee smelled the vapors emanatin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2006
  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Electoral Gift

    A magazine provides a judicial campaign

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Air Sic

    In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Quoth the Chron

    The Chronicle runs out another inept marketing campaign

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Insider

    Not Ready for Prime Time. Continental may have taught the mayor how to fly right

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    District ZZZZs Triumph

    Hordes of city candidates block-walk, while voters sleepwalk

  • News

    May 27, 1999
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    May 14, 1998
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    July 3, 1997

    Fast Eddie's Getaway

    Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • News

    December 26, 1996
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    May 5, 1994
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