Continental Airlines to Begin Daily Nonstop Service Between New York and Berlin, Germany

Now Serves More Cities Across the Atlantic Than Any Other U.S. Airline

NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) , the world’s sixth largest airline and the OAG Airline of the Year for both 2005 and 2004, tomorrow will inaugurate nonstop flights from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to Berlin/Tegel, Germany. This latest route makes Continental the leading U.S. carrier in terms of cities served across the Atlantic, bringing the total to 24 in 13 countries.

“This new route marks an historic milestone for Continental Airlines and a new era in air travel for Berlin,” said Jeff Smisek, Continental’s president. “Our unbeatable combination of award-winning service and hundreds of convenient flight connections from our New York hub opens up a new world of opportunities for travelers to and from the German capital.”

This new route is part of Continental’s international expansion that began in May and will continue through November. Continental began service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Bristol on May 19; to Belfast on May 26; to Stockholm on June 2; to Hamburg on June 9 and to Beijing on June 15. Continental will begin service to Delhi on November 1.

Flight CO96 departs New York/Newark daily at 6:45 p.m. and arrives in Berlin at 8:40 a.m. the next day. Flight CO97 leaves Berlin daily at 10:15 a.m. and arrives at New York/Newark at 1:25 p.m. the same day. The flight times are seven hours and 55 minutes traveling east and nine hours and 10 minutes traveling west. During the winter months, when demand traditionally declines, Continental will operate five flights per week on the route, reverting to a daily service in spring 2006.

Continental’s New York to Berlin flights are operated with a 172-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, carrying 16 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 156 in economy. The inaugural flight will be operated by a 757-200 aircraft equipped with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets(TM), one of the first aircraft of its type in the world to be modified in this way. The 8 foot 2- inch tall winglets, which have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, reduce the amount of drag on an aircraft which can result in a five percent fuel savings. That can translate to a savings of as much as 300,000 gallons per aircraft per year and give the airplanes approximately 200 nautical miles of additional range. Eleven of Continental’s 41 757-200 aircraft are scheduled to be equipped with winglets this year.

The new flights feature Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service, which won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2005 for the third year running, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst was also voted Best Transatlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Business Travel Awards 2004 for the seventh year in a row.

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. 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.

Berlin is the 24th city in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route network.

Continental has been operating in Germany since 1991. The airline operates a daily Boeing 777 nonstop service between New York/Newark and Frankfurt and launched a daily Boeing 757 nonstop service between New York/Newark and Hamburg on June 9.

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

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