Continental Airlines Inaugurates Daily Nonstop Service From New York to Stockholm, Sweden

NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) , the world’s sixth largest airline and OAG “Airline of the Year 2005,” will begin daily nonstop flights from its New York-area hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to Stockholm, Sweden starting tomorrow.

This is the third of six trans-Atlantic routes Continental is launching from New York this year. The carrier inaugurated service to Bristol on May 19 and Belfast on May 26. Following the addition of Stockholm, Continental will inaugurate service to Hamburg on June 9; Berlin on June 30 and Delhi on Nov. 1.

“The Stockholm service is another example of how the strength of Continental’s New York/Newark hub is enabling us to give our customers nonstop access to new destinations across the world,” said Jim Summerford, Continental’s vice president of Europe, Middle East and India.

Flight CO68 departs New York/Newark daily at 6 p.m. and arrives at Stockholm/Arlanda at 7:55 a.m. the next day. Flight CO69 departs Stockholm/Arlanda daily at 9:25 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 12:10 p.m. the same day. Flight times are approximately seven hours and 55 minutes traveling east and eight hours and 45 minutes westbound. The Stockholm 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’s flights from New York/Newark to Stockholm will be operated with a 172-seat Boeing 757 aircraft carrying 16 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 156 in economy.

This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with a 55-inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. A specially selected and trained corps of more than 200 concierges provides individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 26 key international airports worldwide.

Sweden, with a population of nine million, is the largest of the Nordic countries and the 12th largest economy in Europe. There are more than 1,200 U.S. owned companies in the country. More than 300,000 Americans visit Sweden every year.

Stockholm is the 22nd city in Continental’s Europe and Middle East route network and the airline’s second destination in Scandinavia. Continental launched daily Boeing 757 nonstop service between New York/Newark and Oslo, Norway in June 2004.

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 again won major awards at the 2005 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including “Airline of the Year” and “Best Airline Based in North America” for the second consecutive year, and “Best Executive/Business Class” for the third consecutive year. For more company information, visit http://www.continental.com/ .

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