Continental Airlines to Offer Live Television and E-Mail on Domestic Flights

Service includes 36 channels of live television programming provided by

DIRECTV(R) and onboard Wi-Fi services including inflight wireless

connectivity for e-mail and instant messaging

Jan 29, 2008, 00:00 ET from Continental Airlines

    HOUSTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE:  
 CAL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with LiveTV,
 L.L.C. (LiveTV) that will allow Continental to offer 36 channels of live,
 inflight satellite-based television programming provided by DIRECTV(R), the
 nation's leading satellite television provider, at every seat on
 Continental's new generation aircraft. The service is expected to be
 available to customers on flights operating within the continental United
 States beginning in January 2009.
     In addition, Continental will be introducing onboard Wi-Fi services
 including e-mail and instant messaging connectivity offered by LiveTV.
     "Our customers want more inflight entertainment and communication
 options," said Larry Kellner, Continental's chairman and chief executive
 officer. "We have been closely watching technology developments and are
 delighted to have teamed up with LiveTV to offer live television
 programming and communication to our customers."
     Customers will be able to choose from a variety of quality programming
 from DIRECTV(R) including sports, news, weather, children's programming and
 general entertainment. The initial channel programming lineup offered
 through the inflight entertainment system is expected to include CBS, NBC,
 FOX News, CNN Headline News, ESPN, Animal Planet, The History Channel, Food
 Network, Nickelodeon, MTV and other popular channels. The inflight
 entertainment system will also offer a moving map and other stored
 informational and entertainment content. Continental will offer
 complimentary access to the system to all first-class customers.
 Economy-class customers will be able to access the system by paying a $6
 access fee.
     In addition, Continental will offer complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity
 services allowing customers to access e-mail and instant messaging subject
 to LiveTV being able to offer the service, which is still in the testing
 phase. Customers will be able to use the service with Wi-Fi enabled
 smartphones, BlackBerries and laptops to connect to work, friends and
 family via Yahoo!(R) Mail, Yahoo!(R) Messenger and BlackBerry e-mail and
 BlackBerry(R) Messenger services.
     The new services will be installed on Continental's fleet of Boeing 737
 New Generation aircraft, including the 737-700, -800, -900 and -900ER
 aircraft, and the Boeing 757-300.
     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 580 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
     LiveTV is the world's leading provider of live inflight entertainment
 and connectivity systems for commercial airlines, and a wholly-owned
 subsidiary of JetBlue. LiveTV is the provider of JetBlue's inflight
 entertainment service - - which was recently recognized by the World
 Airline Entertainment Association as the Best Overall inflight
 entertainment experience in the Americas. LiveTV's customers also include
 some of the most successful low-cost, low-fare airlines in the world
 including WestJet, Frontier, Virgin Blue and AirTran. Headquartered in
 Florida, LiveTV has installation and maintenance locations around the world
 to support the more than 500 aircraft currently equipped with its products.
 For a full listing of products, services and partners, or for more
 information, please visit

SOURCE Continental Airlines