Continental Airlines to Launch First Nonstop Flight Between New York and Delhi

New Nonstop Flight Will Save Passengers Over Two and a Half Hours of Travel Time

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) tomorrow will become the first carrier to inaugurate scheduled nonstop service between the United States and India, with the launch of daily flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

“Continental will be making history tomorrow by linking these two great nations with nonstop flights for the first time,” said Jeff Smisek, president of Continental Airlines. “The launch of our New York-Delhi nonstop service is an important addition to Continental’s significant international growth.”

“The nonstop flights between New York and New Delhi will be welcomed by the increasing number of travelers between the two countries and give a boost to business and tourism,” said Neelam Deo, Consul General of India, New York.

The nonstop flight will cut travel time between New York and Delhi by over two and a half hours compared to current connecting service on other carriers between the two cities. Thanks to a multitude of one-stop connections via Continental’s unique New York hub at Liberty, travel times between most U.S. mainland cities and Delhi will also be dramatically reduced.

Delhi is the sixth trans-Atlantic route launched by Continental in 2005, consolidating its position as the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic in terms of the number of cities served — 25 in 14 countries.

Continental’s Liberty to Delhi flights are operated with a 283-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, carrying 48 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 235 in Economy.

Flight CO82 departs Liberty daily at 8:50 p.m., arriving at Delhi at 9:15 p.m. the next day. The return flight CO83 departs Delhi daily at 11:45 p.m., arriving at Liberty at 5:05 a.m. the next day. Flying times are approximately 13 hours, 55 minutes eastbound and 15 hours, 50 minutes westbound.

Continental’s Delhi flights have been conveniently timed to connect at Liberty 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 area. Continental provides exclusive immigration and customs facilities for its customers in Terminal C3, and seamless connections with more than 400 daily nonstop flights to 157 destinations throughout the world.

In both the BusinessFirst and economy cabins, Continental’s India flights will feature Bollywood movies in Hindi with English subtitles, traditional Indian music available on audio and instructional videos, including the safety and arrival video and pre-recorded announcements, in Hindi. Indian chefs based in the U.S. and India developed the meals that will be served inflight, with Indian vegetarian, non-vegetarian and Western menus available. No beef will be served.

Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service has won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards for the past three years – 2005, 2004 and 2003 – based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst was also voted Best trans-Atlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Business Travel Awards 2004 — for the 7th year running.

This premium-class cabin 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 offers a 170-degree recline and 6 1/2 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 and trained corps of more than 200 Concierges provides individualized pre-flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 35 key international airports worldwide.

Economy class on the Continental 777 is also comfortable and spacious, in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wider-than-usual aisles. Every economy- class customer 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 inflight telephone with overwater capability. The first few rows of seats in economy also feature individual laptop computer outlets.

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 151 domestic and 133 international destinations, more than any other carrier in the world. More than 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 over 42,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 60 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

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