Continental Airlines to Inaugurate Daily Non-Stop Service Between New York and New Delhi, India

First Scheduled Nonstop Flight Between the U.S. and India

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) announced today that it will launch daily nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and New Delhi, India beginning Oct. 31, 2005 subject to government approval.

The service will reduce travel time between New York and New Delhi by at least two and a half hours by eliminating any stop or connection en route.

New Delhi will become the 25th city in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route network.

“This new long-range route to India represents further evolution of our successful trans-Atlantic network from New York/Newark,” said Jim Summerford, Continental’s vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Travelers between New York and New Delhi will find it much more convenient to use our nonstop service, and our hub in the northeastern United States provides excellent connections to dozens of other cities.”

Flight CO82 will depart New York/Newark daily at 9:05 p.m. and arrive at New Delhi at 9:30 p.m. the next day. Flight CO83 will depart New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport daily at 11:30 p.m. and will arrive at New York/Newark at 4:50 a.m. the next day. Flying times will be approximately 13 hours and 55 minutes traveling east from New York to New Delhi and 15 hours and 50 minutes traveling west.

This new service will be Continental’s second longest nonstop trip at 7,323 miles-second only to New York to Hong Kong which is 8,060 miles.

Continental’s New York/Newark to New Delhi flights will be operated with a 283-seat Boeing 777 aircraft with a capacity of 48 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 235 in the Economy class.

BusinessFirst features specially-engineered electronic sleeperseats in a 2-2-2 configuration with a 55-inch seat pitch and adjustable winged headrests. The BusinessFirst seat on the 777 is among the widest business class seats in the world, measuring 22 inches between the armrests and offering a 170-degree recline and more than six feet of sleeping space in the fully-extended position. Other features include privacy hoods and large seat side wings for greater privacy. All BusinessFirst seats feature a laptop computer power outlet, a satellite telephone, a flexible neck reading light and a personal entertainment system offering 16 channels of video, 20 channels of audio and up to 10 video games. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menu selections created by Continental’s Congress of Chefs and fresh cappuccino or espresso coffee made on request. A specially selected corps of more than 200 trained Concierges provides individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 21 key international airports worldwide.

Economy class on the Continental 777 is also exceptionally comfortable and spacious in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wide aisles. Every economy class passenger benefits from an individual seatback video system with eight channels of video, 20 channels of audio and up to 10 video games as well as an in-flight telephone with over-water capacity. The first few rows in the economy class also feature individual laptop computer outlets.

The New Delhi flights have been conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an extensive network of service throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Continental is the only major airline to operate a hub in the New York metropolitan area-Newark Liberty International Airport. Located about 15 miles from downtown Manhattan, Liberty International offers the fastest travel times to many parts of the city, including the Air Train service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. One-way fares between Liberty International and New York Penn Station are $11.55 on New Jersey Transit and $23 on Amtrak. Travel time is less than 30 minutes.

Passengers arriving at Liberty International on Continental flights from New Delhi will be able to use exclusive immigration and customs facilities in Terminal C3, Continental’s Global Gateway, and connect quickly and easily with Continental’s 402 daily flights from Liberty International to 170 destinations throughout the Americas.

India is one of the world’s most exciting tourist destinations. According to the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism, foreign tourist arrivals in January and February 2005 were up by 14.5 percent and 17.3 percent respectively on the same months during the previous year.

India is the world’s seventh largest and second most populous country, with a population of more than 1 billion people.

Reservations are now being accepted for flights beginning Oct. 31 by logging on to continental.com .

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline with more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The carrier serves 152 domestic and 122 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 carries approximately 55 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 continental.com .

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