Continental Airlines Implements Codesharing With Air France, Widening European Network From Paris

HOUSTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced that it will begin codesharing with Air France on Feb. 26, 2005, allowing Continental customers to more easily access 12 additional destinations in Europe and the Middle East on flights operated by Air France from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

Destinations served by Air France from Charles De Gaulle airport under the ‘CO’ code include: Vienna, Austria; Biarritz, France; Bordeaux, France; Marseille, France; Montpellier, France; Nantes, France; Strasbourg, France; Lyon, France; Nice, France; Toulouse, France; Porto, Portugal; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. More destinations are expected to be announced in the upcoming months.

Members of Continental’s frequent flyer program, OnePass, are able to earn and redeem miles on Air France flights. Continental’s BusinessFirst customers and Presidents Club members have access to the Air France lounge in Paris.

The new codesharing is being implemented as part of Continental and Air France’s membership in the SkyTeam alliance, which includes seven other airlines.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline with more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental serves 152 domestic and 122 international destinations — more than any other airline in the world — and nearly 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With 41,000 employees, the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 55 million passengers per year. In 2004, Continental earned awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. FORTUNE ranks Continental as the top airline in its Most Admired Global Companies in 2004. The carrier won major awards at the 2004 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including “Airline of the Year,” “Best Airline Based in North America” and “Best Executive/Business Class.” For more company information, visit continental.com.

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