HOUSTON—It’s the end of an era in Houston. Continental’s final flight to Houston landed at Bush IAH airport Saturday.
From now on, all Continental flights will be known as United flights. Continental’s official website shut down at 1 a.m. and all traffic is being redirected to United.com.
Continental has been a part of the Houston community for eight decades. For Jack Harty, it’s been a life-long love.
"I just love planes," Harty said. "For the last 16 years, I’ve grown up around it. There’s always been a flight over my house. It’s the airline I choose to photograph."
The 16-year-old Kingwood High sophomore has a passion for planes and photography. He’s combined those loves and Continental Airlines was his muse.
"I guess when I was younger, I traveled quite a bit and I remember I was actually sitting on one of the planes and I turned to one of my parents and I said I love flying. Ever since then it’s always been...Continental," Harty said.
The flight from Tokyo landed in Houston, for the final time as a Continental carrier.
The United logo could already be seen on the plane, a sign of how much things are changing.
When the plane landed, the crew received a traditional water cannon salute.
"When the plane got there, there was a line of people," said Harty. "It was, I think, it kind of really set in when...it’s kind of over. Continental ceases to exist."
The history, well documented by a 16-year-old, will continue to live on for generations to come.
"It’s bittersweet. It is sad to watch the Continental name go away," Harty said.