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CAL Named "World's Leading Business Class Airline"


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Aug 14, 2004
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HOUSTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL) today announced that it has been named the "World's Leading
Business Class Airline" and "North America's Leading Business Class Airline"
at the 2005 World Travel Awards during a ceremony in London on Monday,
Nov. 14. The ceremony, held at London's Royal Opera House, was broadcast
globally by BBC World and the Arab Travel Channel.
The awards were based on votes cast by a total of 156,000 travel agencies and professionals in more than 140 countries worldwide. The voting categories included leading travel destinations, airlines, hotels, personalities and companies around the world.
Voting took place from May through September 2005, in which
3,500 nominations were made. More than two million votes were completed,
returned and processed using the online voting form.
The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 and accounts for all sectors
of the global travel industry.
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, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines,
Delta Air Lines, KLM, 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.