Continental Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Service to Belfast, Northern Ireland; Second of Six Trans-Atlantic Routes Being Added This Year

NEW YORK, May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) , recently named the OAG “Airline of the Year 2005,” will begin daily nonstop flights from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to Belfast, Northern Ireland starting tomorrow. This route, the second in a series of six trans-Atlantic routes that will be added by Continental this summer, will be the only year-round scheduled nonstop trans-Atlantic service to Northern Ireland and the first nonstop scheduled service ever to operate from the U.S. to Northern Ireland.

Continental began service from New York/Newark to Bristol last week. Following the addition of Belfast tomorrow, Continental will inaugurate service to Stockholm on June 2; Hamburg on June 9; Berlin on June 30 and Delhi on Nov. 1.

“We’re proud to bring our award-winning service to Northern Ireland and to make travel easier for people flying between the U.S. and Belfast,” said Jim Summerford, Continental’s Vice President Europe, Middle East and India.

Continental flight CO94 departs New York/Newark daily at 7:55 p.m., arriving at Belfast at 7:30 a.m. the next day. Flight CO95 departs Belfast daily at 9 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 11:25 a.m. the same day. Flight times are approximately six hours and 35 minutes traveling east and seven hours and 25 minutes traveling west. Continental will operate five flights a week during the winter months and will return to daily service in spring 2006.

Continental’s flights to Belfast are 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 55- inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. BusinessFirst offers International Concierge Service with a specially-selected and trained corps of more than 200 staff that provides individualized pre and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 26 key international airports.

Passengers arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport can use the spacious and modern immigration and customs facilities in Terminal C3, Continental’s Global Gateway, and connect quickly and easily with Continental’s 420 daily flights from Liberty International Airport to more than 180 destinations worldwide, in some cases without having to change terminals.

Belfast is the 21st city in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route network.

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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