Continental Connection

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Continental Express
Continental Connection logo.svg
Ceased operations March 3, 2012 (merged with United Express)
Frequent-flyer program OnePass
Alliance SkyTeam (affiliate; 2004-2009)
Star Alliance (affiliate; 2009-2012)
Fleet size 83
Headquarters Houston, Texas
CommutAir Beechcraft 1900
Facing forward in the passenger cabin of a CommutAir Beechcraft 1900D displaying the integral and remote field operationally friendly, airstair built into the forward exit of this type of airplane

Continental Connection was a brand name under which several commuter airline carriers and their holding companies operated services marketed exclusively by Continental Airlines. As such all Continental Connection banner carrier services were provided using piston-engine or turboprop aircraft, in contrast to Continental Express, whose flights were operated by Continental's regional jet partners, ExpressJet Airlines and Chautauqua Airlines.

All flights on Continental Connection are given full OnePass frequent flyer credit, as if they were mainline Continental flights.

The "Continental Connection" name was discontinued and the operation was renamed United Express following the merger of Continental Airlines with United Airlines.


Airline IATA code ICAO code Call sign Aircraft operated Parent
Cape Air 9K KAP Cair ATR 42 Hyannis Air Service, Inc.
Colgan Air 9L CJC Colgan Bombardier Q400
Saab 340
Republic Airways Holdings
CommutAir C5 UCA CommutAir Bombardier Q200
Bombardier Q300
Champlain Enterprises, Inc.
Silver Airways (Gulfstream International Airlines) 3M SIL Silver Wings Beechcraft 1900D Victory Park Capital

GP Express Airlines of Grand Island, Nebraska, also operated as a Continental Connection Carrier at Denver and Kansas City from 1994 through 1996. During this time Continental Airlines had dissolved its hub operation at Denver. The carrier operated Beechcraft 1900C and Beechcraft 99 aircraft. CommutAir operated a sizeable hub at Albany, New York during the 2000's even though Continental Airlines did not have any mainline presence at the city.


Continental Connection fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Routes Notes
Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 16 37 All leased
Operated by CommutAir
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 5 50 Operated by CommutAir
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 29 74 Operated by Colgan Air
Saab 340B 10 34 Operated by Colgan Air
ATR 42 2 46 Operated by Cape Air
Beechcraft 1900D Airliner 21 19 Operated by Silver Airways
Total 83

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On February 12, 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 operating on behalf of Continental Connection crashed into a house on Long Road in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport; 50 people, including one on the ground, were killed according to New York State Police.[1]
  • On September 7, 2011, Colgan Air Flight 3222, with 23 passengers en route from Houston, TX to Lake Charles, LA landed at Southland Field, which was not their scheduled destination. The crew was subsequently relieved of duty.[2]


  1. ^ Wald, Matthew (2009-02-13). "Commuter Plane With 48 Aboard Crashes in Buffalo". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Flight Crew Relieved From Duty Following Landing at Wrong Airport". Fox News. September 15, 2011.