Consolidating miles in airline mergers

He was discussing with Boeing for Continental to become one of the first to operate the soon-to-be-launched 707.

The timing was crucial, since new routes would justify the 707s, and vice versa.

Continental Airlines had seen a broad expansion of its routes, thanks to a responsive CAB and persistent efforts by Six and Executive Vice President Harding Lawrence (who came to Continental in the Pioneer merger), who both frequently referred to his company as "the Airline that needs to grow." In 1958 Continental began turboprop flights with the Vickers Viscount on the new medium-haul routes.

Varney was awarded a 17-cent-rate airmail contract between Pueblo and El Paso; it carried passengers as a sideline.

The carrier was renamed Continental Air Lines (later changed to "Airlines") on July 8, 1937.

Six was introduced to Louis Mueller (who would serve as Chairman of the Board of Continental until February 28, 1966).

Mueller had helped found the Southwest Division of Varney in 1934 with Walter T. As an upshot of all this, Six bought into the airline with US,000 and became general manager on July 5, 1936.

Having so few jets, Continental needed radical innovations to the 707 maintenance program.

It developed the "progressive maintenance" program, which enabled Continental to fly its 707 fleet seven days a week, achieving greater aircraft utilization than any other jet operator in the industry.Continental Airlines was a major United States airline, founded in 1934 and eventually headquartered in Houston, Texas.It had ownership interests and brand partnerships with several carriers.He later pioneered a number of other low or discount fares which made air travel available to many who could not previously afford it.One of Continental's early innovations was a system-wide economy excursion fare which cut the standard coach fares by more than 25%.Six relocated the airline's headquarters to Denver Union (later Stapleton) Airport in Denver in October 1937.