The airline announced it has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide the service to Beijing from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J.
The first flight will take off June 15, Continental said. Tickets will soon be available through its Web site and other distribution channels, the company said.
The 13-hour flight will depart Newark at noon each day and arrive in Beijing at 1:50 p.m. the next day. The return flight would leave Beijing at 3:50 p.m. and arrive in Newark 13 hours and 25 minutes later. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER with 283 seats.
Continental shares fell 18 cents to close at $10.58 in Friday trading on the New York Stock Exchange, near the middle of their 52-week range of $7.63 to $14.19.