Continental Connection

Continental Connection
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 is a brand name under which several commuter airline carriers and their holding companies operate services marketed exclusively by Continental Airlines. All Continental Connection service is provided using piston-engine or turboprop aircraft, in contrast to Continental Express, whose flights are 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.

As integration of United Airlines and Continental Airlines continues the "Continental Connection" name will be discontinued and the operation will be renamed United Express.


Regional airline carriers


Continental Connection flights can be spotted by their Continental flight number:


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 Gulfstream International
Total 83

Major accidents and incidents

  • 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 relived of duty.[2]


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