Continental Airlines Inc
Jump to Continental Airlines Inc: Alerts;
- Continental Airlines, based in Houston, Texas, is the fifth-largest air carrier in the world.
- Continental Airlines recently merged with United Airlines
- Continental has undertaken several environmental initiaites, but also has been accused of greenwashing for its opposition to European Union laws regarding global warming
- Continental and two of its maintenance workers were charged with manslaughter after the fatal Concorde jet crash in 2000 that killed 113 people. A strip of metal from a Continental jet damaged the Concorde, causing the crash.
- Continental has been involved in labor disputes, currently with pilots regarding its merger with United and previously with service employees in New Jersey.
-- Profile Updated 08/26/2011
About Continental Airlines Inc
Continental recently merged with United Airlines to form United Continental Holdings Inc. (UCHI) UCHI employs more than 80,000 people worldwide and reported $23.22 billion in revenue for 2010. The company offers more than 21,200 flights every day to 181 countries around the world.
There are no known affiliates associated with Continental Airlines Inc.
Contact Continental Airlines Inc
Continental Airlines Inc
Houston, TX 77002 United States
Several environmental groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund, have charged American Airlines, United and Continental of engaging in green washing. Despite these airlines’ claims of commitment to environmental sustainability, they have been lobbying to reduce the effectiveness of a new European Union law that will hold airlines accountable for all global warming pollution produced on flights to, from and within the EU. The airlines have been lobbying the U.S Congress to declare the EU law invalid.
-- Environmental Defense, 05/11/2011
Source URL: www.edf.org/pressrelease.cfm?contentID=11759
• Continential Airlines expanded its onboard recycling program to include aluminum cans, plastics, newspapers, and magazines. In 2008, Continentials In-Flight and Catering Divisions recycled over 640,000 pounds of aluminum and plastic and over 1,100 tons of cardboard.
-- Continental Airlines Inc., 07/15/2009
• Continental Airlines, Inc is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global group of airlines and airports. The IATA has staunchly opposed plans for a carbon emissions trading system in the European Union that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of global climate change. The organization has argued that such a scheme would be prohibitively expensive for the airlines and make it more difficult to retain profits.
-- New York Times, 02/11/2009
• Continental Airlines published a Global Citizenship Report which focused on its social and environmental responsibility initiates. While a large portion of the report was dedicated to information about Continental’s efforts to minimize impacts to the environment, the information about on board recycling programs was minimal. The report stated, “Continental has expanded it’s onboard recycling program to include aluminum cans but also plastics, newspaper, and magazines. Continental’s program is designed to maximize recycling opportunities at the various airports it operates.”
-- Continental Airlines Inc., 01/01/2009
• Continental’s catering services recycles waste. Chelsea Food Service, one of the catering companies used by Continental Airlines, recycled aluminum cardboard, plastic wrap, and other plastics. Other catering services used by Continental Airlines recycle as well.
-- Continental Airlines Inc., 08/01/2007
Continental Airlines states that it has an environmental initiative called “EcoSkies” which focuses on four sustainability initiatives. They are to: reduce fuel use and increase fuel efficiency, increase usage of cost-efficient alternative fuels, expand responsible waste management and increase sustainability of products and promote accountability through partnership with stakeholders while still maintaining business goals.
-- Continential Airlines, 07/03/1905
Continental allows customers to purchase carbon offsets in order to reduce the impact of their trip. Continental has teamed up with Sustainable Travel International in order to create and expand the program.
-- Continential Airlines, 07/03/1905
According to Greenopia, an environmental group that seeks to create a directory of green businesses, Continental ranks 2nd out of 10 airlines rated for their environmental and sustainability initiatives. Continental received a 3 out of 4 “leaf” rating. The rankings are based on six different categories: the availability of carbon offsetting, in-flight recycling, fuel conservation, availability of alternative fuel types, green food options and green building design. Greenopia gathers their information from the airlines’ annual reports.
-- Greenopia, 07/03/1905
Continental Airlines ranks 239 out of 500 US companies in Newsweek’s 2010 Green Rankings. The corporation received a Green Score of 71.04 out of 100 (with 0 being the lowest and 100 being the highest). The Green Score is based on the environmental policies of the company, the overall environmental footprint, and a reputation survey, which is based on a poll done by executive in the company and various “green” experts.
-- Newsweek, 07/02/1905
Ethics and Governance
Continental recently upgraded their baggage policy for military personnel. Military personnel may now check 4, instead of 3, bags for free.
-- Dallas News, 06/10/2011
Continental was fined $120,000 by the Department of Transportation for advertising ticket prices without including the fuel surcharge that, in some cases, could double the price of the ticket.
-- Chicago Tribune, 06/02/2011
• In April 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively approved Continental’s application to join the Star Alliance, the world’s largest antitrust immunized group of airlines. The Houston-based airline is currently a member of SkyTeam, the second largest coalition of airlines; if final approval of its request is granted, it would transfer its services from SkyTeam to Star. Antitrust immunized alliances have been criticized by U.S. lawmakers, such as Representative James Oberstar (D-MN), who say that the alliances do not foster competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.
-- The Transnational, 03/12/2009
• Fortune Magazine named Continental Airlines the world’s ‘Most Admired Airline’ in its 2009 rankings of the most admirable companies in the world. Continental earned a score of 7.71 out of 10. Fortune ranks companies based on nine factors: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness.
-- Fortune, 02/02/2009
Health and Safety
• In 2008, Continental Airlines and two of its maintenance workers were charged with manslaughter after the fatal Concorde jet crash in 2000 that killed 113 people. The crash occurred shortly after the Air France jet took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on its way to New York. Investigators found that a chunk of metal had fallen off of a Continental Airlines DC-10 and landed on the runway. The strip burst the Concorde’s tires, which ruptured the plane’s fuel tanks as they disintegrated. Continental and its maintenance staff are standing trial for affixing the non-standard metal strip to the DC-10. The airline will face a multimillion-dollar fine if found guilty.
-- 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, 07/03/2008
• In 2005, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation released a report that found that six airlines, including Continental and Continental Express, make use of unlicensed contractors for maintenance of their aircraft. FAA officials found that airlines use unlicensed repair stations for safety-critical work, and most monitoring of the unlicensed technicians is done via phone contact. Unlicensed maintenance personnel typically do not meet federal standards, yet it is legal to make use of them.
-- CorpWatch, 12/20/2005
Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12930
• In 2002, five civil rights lawsuits were filed across the country against American, Continental, Northwest, and United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination against its customers. Filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the civil rights law firm Relman & Associates, the suits alleged that U.S. citizens of Arab, Guyanese, and Filipino descent were all subjected to rigorous security screening due to their appearance and were ejected from their individual flights after other passengers complained about feeling uncomfortable.
-- American Civil Liberties Union, 06/04/2002
Continental pilots are filing a suit against the airline claiming that the airline broke union rules by selling aircraft and transferring flight assignments to United Airlines. The two airlines recently merged, but are operating separately until the Federal Aviation Administration grants them a single operating certificate. Union negotiations, including a single contract, must be worked out before the certificate will be granted. The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) that represents Continental and United’s unions have filed the claims and are asking Continental to cease with the changes until the union issues have been settled. United has said that the sale of aircraft was within the limits of the bargaining contract and in the best interest of the company.
-- 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, 06/20/2011
• In 2008, the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) and Continental Airlines reached an agreement regarding voluntary incentives for retirements. The agreement came after the airline announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs and reduce capacity due to high fuel prices.
-- AFL-CIO, 06/30/2008
• In 2007, the head of New Jersey’s AFL-CIO chapter accused Continental Airlines of attempting to block 7,650 service employees at Newark Liberty International Airport from forming a Union. Charles Wowkanech, the chapter’s president, accused airline officials of distributing anti-union literature to employees and resisting attempts by the Transport Workers Union to organize its employees.
-- Dallas Morning News, 12/12/2007
Continental Airlines scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index. This index was created to rank corporations based on the treatment of their LGBT workers, customers and investors.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 07/03/1905