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Continental Micronesia
IATA
CS
ICAO
CMI
Callsign
AIR MIKE
Founded 1968 (as Air Micronesia)[1]
Commenced operations May 16, 1968[1]
Hubs Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (Guam)
Frequent flyer program OnePass
Member lounge Presidents Club
Alliance Star Alliance[2]
Fleet size 13
Destinations 25
Headquarters Tamuning, Guam (U.S.)[3]
Key people Charles Duncan (President)[4]
Website http://www.continental.com

Continental Micronesia, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary airline of Continental Airlines. It operates daily flights to Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as international services to Asia, Micronesia and Australia from its base of operations at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport on Guam[5], a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean. The airline, a Delaware corporation,[6] is headquartered in Tamuning, Guam.[3]

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Code data

Continental Micronesia flights use the regular Continental "CO" code on ticketing systems and for frequent-flyer benefit accounting, but use its ICAO code "CMI" and callsign "Air Mike" with air traffic control authorities. In airport terminals, Continental Micronesia flights are listed separately (from Continental) with its IATA code "CS". Airports which have both "Air Mike" and mainline Continental presence are Tokyo and Honolulu.

Note: "Air Mike" and mainline Continental share flight numbers on the Guam-Honolulu-Houston (1, 2) and Guam-Tokyo-Houston (6, 7) routes. The segments to/from Guam are operated by "Air Mike", while the segments to/from Houston are operated by mainline Continental.

History

Continental Micronesia Boeing 737-800 at Fukuoka Airport

The airline was established by Continental and other regional shareholders in the former U.S. Trust Territory and started operations on 16 May 1968 as Air Micronesia, hence the nickname and callsign "Air Mike". Service was started with a Boeing 727-100 and a Douglas DC-6. It also operated Grumman SA-16/ HU-16 Albatross amphibians to fly from Chuuk (Truk) to Pohnpei (Ponape), until an airfield could be built that could accommodate the 727. The 727's underside was coated with teflon, due to it having to operate on coral runways. Additionally, the plane had to carry spare parts and a mechanic, as well as open-water survival gear and (beginning in 1975) onboard doppler radar, then a rarity. In the early 1980s the airline started service from Guam to Japan. As Continental's share and roles in Air Mike changed, the airline's name became "Continental Air Micronesia" and eventually "Continental Micronesia" by the late 1990s. Continental now owns 100% of Air Mike.

In 1985 Air Micronesia was headquartered in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.[7]

With United Airlines exiting Guam in the mid 1990s, Continental Micronesia along with Northwest Airlines became the only American airlines to serve the two U.S. territories (Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands). Today, Continental Micronesia provides the only scheduled service directly between Guam and any point in the 50 United States (namely, to/from Honolulu, Hawaii).

As of January 2008, Continental Micronesia employs 1,500 people (Guam's largest private-sector employer) and operates 236 departures each week between 23 cities.[8]

Massachusetts-based Cape Air began services in the Mariana Islands under the Continental Connection banner on July 1, 2004. Soon afterward, Continental Micronesia eliminated most jet services to Saipan in favor of Cape Air's smaller-sized aircraft and increased frequency.

A Houston Chronicle article in 2008 stated that expected subsequent military buildup and population growth could lead to an expansion of Continental Micronesia flights to and from Guam.[9] However, on June 12, 2008, Continental's announcement of cuts of services, routes and destinations due to high fuel prices [10] included termination of Continental Micronesia flights to Hong Kong and Bali. Also among the cuts is the termination of the Saipan-Manila flights on July 15 which is the last remaining Air Mike flight for Saipan, the airline's original hub 40 years ago. With only Continental Connection/Cape Air services left, Continental closed its Saipan city ticket office on the same day. [11]

Destinations

Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport is the hub of Continental Micronesia

Fleet

Continental Micronesia operates 13 Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-400 aircraft (in Pacific Configuration) from Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport on Guam. The aircraft are all owned by Continental Airlines and are rotated to Continental Micronesia.[8]

Continental Micronesia Fleet, July 2009
Aircraft In Service Passengers
(First*/Economy)
Notes
Boeing 737-800 9 155 (14/141)
Boeing 767-400ER 4 256 (20/236)
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Former fleet

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. http://www.airwaysnews.com. 
  2. ^ Continental Airlines To Leave SkyTeam To Join Star Alliance (Official Press Release: June 19, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Docket No. SDWA-06-2005-1516." United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved on February 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Duncan new Continental president, Pacific Daily News 2009-07-25."
  5. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  6. ^ "Docket OST-00." United States Department of Transportation. March 27, 2000. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 47." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Contninental Micronesia's press release template, January 2008." Marianas Variety News & Views.
  9. ^ Hensel, Bill Jr. "TRANSPORTATION / Carrier stands to gain in Guam / Pacific island expects a population influx as military realigns its forces, and Continental's hub will be there to handle it." Houston Chronicle. Friday May 30, 2008. Business 1. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  10. ^ Continental Micronesia To Cut Flights To Bali, Hong Kong And Manila, Pacific Magazine Daily News, June 13, 2008
  11. ^ Deposa, Moneth G. Continental shuts down Saipan office." Marianas Variety News & Views. July 17, 2008. Retrieved on February 25, 2009.
  12. ^ a b c "Our Fleet" as of February 2, 1999, Continental Airlines
  13. ^ NTSB Accident Report

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