Fifth consecutive year as FORTUNE World’s Most Admired airline HOUSTON, March 11, 2008 – Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it was again rated the top airline on FORTUNE magazine’s annual airline industry list of World’s Most Admired Companies. This is the fifth consecutive year that Continental has topped that list. The airline also ranked No. 41 on FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies “Top 50” list, which ranks companies in a wide variety of industries. Continental was the only U.S. passenger carrier on the “Top 50” list. “This award is a reflection of the consistent professionalism and hard work of my more than 45,000 co-workers, who prove again and again that they are the best in the industry,” Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said. “We continue to focus on providing a world-class product and industry-leading service, and I am proud that my co-workers’ superb efforts have been recognized by FORTUNE for the fifth consecutive year.” The rankings are determined in a survey of corporate and airline executives, boards of directors and industry analysts. Companies are evaluated according to the following criteria: quality of products/services, global competitiveness, people management, quality of management, social responsibility, innovation, use of corporate assets, financial soundness and long-term investment. Continental received an overall score of 9.14, followed by Singapore Airlines (6.51), Lufthansa Group (5.82), British Airways (5.68), Delta Air Lines (5.55) and Japan Airlines (5.32). Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,900 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144 domestic and 139 international destinations. More than 550 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 45,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 69 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. For more company information, visit

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