Continental Airlines Implements Codeshare Agreement With Island Air to Increase Its Hawaii Network

HOUSTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced that it will begin codesharing with Island Air this fall, allowing Continental customers to conveniently access more community and resort destinations in Hawaii on flights operated by Island Air from Honolulu.

Island Air serves more destinations in the state of Hawaii than any other airline. Cities to be served by Island Air from Honolulu International Airport under the ‘CO’ code include: Kahului and Kapalua West-Maui on Maui; Kona and Hilo on Hawaii; Lihue on Kauai; Lanai and Molokai. Continental customers will need to check in only once for these connecting flights, receiving seat assignments and boarding passes to their final destination as well as through service luggage transfers.

“With the popularity of our Hawaii flights and the overall strong demand for service to Hawaii, we continue to look for more opportunities in the islands for our customers,” said Mark Erwin, Continental’s senior vice president Asia/Pacific and corporate development. “This agreement allows us to offer seamless service to all of the Hawaiian islands at all times.”

“We are excited to be able to partner with a leading carrier like Continental Airlines,” said Robert Mauracher, CEO of Island Air. This codeshare agreement allows us to further expand our services to mainland markets. This partnership is a significant step forward for Island Air and we look forward to working with Continental Airlines for many years to come.”

Continental’s service from Hawaii to its Houston, New York and Cleveland hubs provides travelers with connections to 280 destinations worldwide. The airline currently operates twice-daily nonstop flights between Houston and Honolulu; daily nonstop service between Houston and Kahului, Maui; between Newark Liberty International Airport and Honolulu; and between Los Angeles and Honolulu. The airline also operates service between Honolulu and Nagoya, Japan, Guam and the Marshall Islands.

Members of Continental’s frequent flyer program, OnePass, will be able to earn and redeem miles on Island Air flights.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 150 domestic and 130 international destinations, more than any other carrier in the world. Nearly 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines, which include Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. With 41,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 56 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.

For the second consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline on its 2005 list of Most Admired Global Companies. Continental was also included in the publication’s annual “Top 50″ list, which ranks all companies, across a wide variety of industries, that appear in the Global Most Admired Companies issue. Continental 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 http://www.continental.com/ . For more company information, visit http://www.continental.com/ .

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