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Founded in 1934, Continental Airlines was a major airline based in Houston, Texas. Continental began operations in 1934 and went by the name of Varney Speed Lines named after its owner and was rebranded as Continental in 1937. The airline had three main hubs, Newark Liberty International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and operated flights to over 133 domestic and 132 international destinations across the globe. Continental route map covered destinations such as, Anchorage, Aruba, Barcelona, Belize City, Birmingham, Boston, Cancun, Charleston, Chicago, Delhi, Denver, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Grand Cayman Island, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, just to name a few.
In May 2010, Continental Airlines announced that it would merge with UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines, via a stock swap and it was renamed United Continental Holdings. On March 3, 2012, Continental's passenger reservation system and frequent flyer program was merged into United. The last Continental Airlines flight took off from Phoenix to Cleveland as Continental Flight 1267 and arriving into Cleveland as "United Flight 1267.