My first Continental Airlines flight & a seat map anomaly

I’m flying on my first ever Continental Airlines flight this weekend, and I almost have that “flying for the first time” feeling I had as a kid. I’m really looking forward to it, and I’ll be getting a taste of Continental’s coach and first class service. I didn’t clear the advance upgrade on one of my flights, but do have the coveted exit row seating for which I’m thankful. This trip also has two United Airlines segments thrown in, so I’m getting the full pre-consolidated operations experience.

One of my United flights is mainline, and the other is a United Express flight operated by ExpressJet Airlines. The Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft has three seats across each row, with the aisle running down between the A and B seats. Interestingly, the seat map looks to be incorrect, showing the aisle running between the B and C seats. Okay, I thought, maybe they’re subbing a different version, perhaps cross-fleeting with a Continental Express layout. Checking with the trusty SeatGuru, that appears to be flawed thinking as those ERJ-145s also show the A-seat being alone. I think it’s just an error, though, so I’m sticking with my exit row seat of 12A. If I’m wrong, no big deal, but I do like that solo seat on that airplane.

Look for a trip report about my first experience with Continental soon!

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  1. I flew a few legs up front on Continental a few weeks ago and found the food inedible especially compared to United’s greatly improving meals. I’ll be curious to get your opinion. Enjoy your trip!

    • Thanks for the heads up, James. Agreed about United’s meals improving… I’m currently digging the cold chicken & pasta salad “snack”.

  2. I had the same weird seat map when I checked in for my flights for New Years Eve. When I got on the plane it was a 1-2 config. Must be something weird on the website.

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