Continental Airlines Leads Network Carriers in Service and Value Worldwide, Say Conde Nast Traveler Readers

HOUSTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — For the eighth year in a row, Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) outranked all of its U.S. competition in international Business Class service, according to results of a survey of Conde Nast Traveler readers published in the magazine’s October 2005 edition.

Overall rankings were determined using a variety of criteria including Seat Comfort/Legroom, Food/Beverages, Cabin Service, Onboard Amenities/Technology, Frequent-flier Privileges, Airport Club Lounges and Value for Cost.

Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service has bested the international premium-class service offered by the airline’s U.S. peers in the Conde Nast Traveler rankings since 1998. BusinessFirst also won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards in 2005, 2004 and 2003, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide.

In the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler rankings, Continental also placed highest among its network peers for domestic premium-class service. In addition, survey participants ranked Continental’s airport club lounges and onboard amenities and technology above all major U.S. carriers.

The Conde Nast Traveler rankings were compiled from surveys of more than 1,000 frequent business travelers.

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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