Continental links oil hubs of Houston, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria

A delicious cake and Nigerian food for the passengers of the first United/Continental flight to Lagos, Nigeria. Present were Ian Wadsworth, CCO, Houston Airport System; Jim Compton, United's EVP and Chief Revenue Officer; Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, and Charles Duncan, United’s VP Sales, Transatlantic, Middle East and India.

  • Continental (branded as United) has launched daily non-stop flights between Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH) and Lagos (LOS) in Nigeria. 777-200s will operate the route initially, although at some point in the future, the airline will instead deploy its new 787s on the route. President and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., Jeff Smisek, says the economic climate found in both regions played a big role in the airline’s decision to establish service. “This flight will link two energy capitals,” Smisek says. “And it will fill the growing demand for non-stop service between the two cities, a route which is currently not served by any other airline.” Mario Diaz, the city of Houston’s aviation director commented, “The Houston Airport System is excited about the arrival of this historic African route. It will be the first daily scheduled service offered between Texas and Africa and it will create growth in Houston’s energy industry, linking two energy capitals.”

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