Yesterday, Continental Airlines announced plans to being daily non-stop flights to Lagos, Nigeria from its Houston hub, the second route Continental has announced for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner following the announcement last month of IAH-AKL service. The first departure to Lagos is planned for 10 November 2011, to be followed by the first trip to Auckland on 16 November 2011.
Three 787s will be required to operate the two routes on a daily basis, with approximately four hours on the ground in Houston each way, a quick 90-minute scheduled turn in Lagos, and 11 hours in Auckland. (IAH-AKL will have "five-times-weekly service during certain periods in the first year of operation" according to the announcement of that service.)
Yesterday's announcement included the following bit of airline geography trivia:
With the addition of flights to Africa, Houston will become one of just four cities in the world - and the only city in the Western Hemisphere - to have nonstop service to every inhabited continent on the globe.
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