Continental Airlines - named third in the Best Airline category at the HolidayExtras.com Customers' Awards 2010 - runs more than 3,000 flights every day to destinations across the globe.
Continental is the fifth largest airline in the world, and is set to get much bigger. The airline is due to merge with fellow American carrier United Airlines, creating a super-airline which will fly to more than 370 destinations and carry more than 144 million passengers per year.
Continental Airlines was founded in 1934 under the name Varney Speed Lines. Its first flight, on July 15 that year, went from Pueblo, Colorado to El Paso, Texas. It changed its name to Continental Airlines three years later.
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Continental was named number one US airline in Fortune magazine's list of the world's most admired companies in 2010. The OAG Airline of the Year Awards named it best North American carrier every year from 2003 to 2009. In 2009 it was also named best airline for North American travel in Business Traveller magazine's Best In Business Travel survey, best value for money international airline in Zagat's Airline Survey, best North American airline in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, best airline to North America in the Irish Travel Trade News Awards and best worldwide airline in the Northern Ireland Travel Trade News Awards.