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.