Continental Airlines to expand India, China operations

Mumbai: Continental Airlines is looking forward to adding more Asian destinations to its international operations, particularly in India and China, in an effort to boost its international revenues. But Continental''s plans to tap into the booming economies of these two Asian giants will come to pass only when the carrier begins to take delivery of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, a top company official said on Wednesday.

Continental launched a non-stop Mumbai-New York service this week, and intends to add more Indian cities to its list of destinations when it begins to take delivery of its Boeing 787 jetliners, according to James Summerford, vice president of European, Middle East and Indian operations. "The two places to be in today are China and India," he told reporters at a news conference.

"We will begin operations to Shanghai next year and will add more Indian cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai once we''ve taken delivery of the 787s," he said.

Continental, which launched its New Delhi-New York service in 2005, posted strong quarterly earnings in July.