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Consolidating miles in airline mergers

Continental started out as one of the smaller carriers in the United States, known for its limited operations under the regulated era.

In 1955 Continental merged with Pioneer Airlines, gaining access to 16 more cities in Texas and New Mexico.

In August 1953 Continental flew to 35 airports and Pioneer flew to 19, but Continental's network didn't reach beyond Denver, El Paso, Houston and Kansas City until April 1957 when it started Chicago-Denver-Los Angeles, two Douglas DC-7Bs a day each way.

Pioneer's Executive Vice President Harding Luther Lawrence arrived at Continental as a result of the merger.