Hunky Hobbits now reachable

New nonstop flights to New Zealand from Continental (United? whatever) give Houston hope

New nonstop flights to New Zealand from Continental (United? whatever) give Houston hope

Beginning November 2011, the landscape of Lord of the Rings will be more accessible than ever with nonstop flights from Houston to Auckland.

The 7,400-mile route will be the longest flight departing from the airline's Houston hub, and Continental plans to operate it daily.

The expansion is a good sign for the Houston hub, which will be abandoned as Continental's headquarters once the merged Continental/United moves to Chicago.

Besides giving hope to Houston's industry and access to hunky hobbits abroad, the added flights are the first official route plans announced for a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Continental has ordered 25 of the aircrafts, which have lower operating costs, are more environmentally sound (for a plane), and have flat-bed seats for long-distance flights.

Pending government approval, the first flight to New Zealand leaves Nov. 16, 2011.

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New Zealand's Milford Sound in Fjordland
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Continental's offering. Photo by Jim
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