Continental Airlines' Bethune Again Ranked Among the Top 50 CEOs in America By Worth Magazine

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Continental Airlines, Inc.

    HOUSTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Continental
 Airlines' (NYSE:   CAL) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bethune has,
 for the third consecutive year, been named one of the 50 best CEOs in America
 by Worth magazine.  The complete list appears in the magazine's May issue.
     Other honorees include the CEOs of a wide range of successful
 corporations, including Microsoft, Enron, Alcoa, Dell Computer Company and
 Federal Express.
     Nominated by Wall Street analysts, Worth's Top 50 CEOs were selected for
 their leadership and vision and "based on our belief in the CEO's ability to
 deliver long-term shareholder value."
     "In a world of airline woes, Gordon Bethune is an island of relative
 contentment," said Worth magazine.  "Every time American, United and Delta are
 nettled by labor disruptions, Continental gets a bump both in revenue and in
 its reputation for reliability."
     Bethune, who ranked 33rd on this year's list, joined Continental Airlines
 in February 1994 as president and chief operating officer.  He was named chief
 executive officer in November 1994 and chairman of the board in September
 1996.
     Worth is an upscale, monthly personal finance and business magazine for
 people who are passionate about business, investing and financial well-being.
 It reaches one million loyal readers with a median net worth of more than
 $1 million.  Edited by John Koten and started in 1992, Worth is the flagship
 publication of Worth Media.
     Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
 more than 2,200 departures daily to 133 domestic and 92 international
 destinations.  Operating hubs in Newark, Houston, Cleveland and Guam,
 Continental (www.continental.com) serves more international cities than any
 other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas,
 Europe and Asia.
     Continental was named the 2001 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World,
 as well as the 1996 Airline of the Year, making it the only carrier to receive
 this honor twice in five years.  Continental is in the top quarter of Fortune
 magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and is ranked the
 nation's No. 1 airline in customer satisfaction for long and short-haul
 flights by Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power and Associates.  Continental
 has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin (Conde Nast
 Traveler, OAG, Entrepreneur and SmartMoney magazines), OnePass frequent flyer
 program (InsideFlyer's Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management
 (Fortune magazine).
 
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    HOUSTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Continental
 Airlines' (NYSE:   CAL) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bethune has,
 for the third consecutive year, been named one of the 50 best CEOs in America
 by Worth magazine.  The complete list appears in the magazine's May issue.
     Other honorees include the CEOs of a wide range of successful
 corporations, including Microsoft, Enron, Alcoa, Dell Computer Company and
 Federal Express.
     Nominated by Wall Street analysts, Worth's Top 50 CEOs were selected for
 their leadership and vision and "based on our belief in the CEO's ability to
 deliver long-term shareholder value."
     "In a world of airline woes, Gordon Bethune is an island of relative
 contentment," said Worth magazine.  "Every time American, United and Delta are
 nettled by labor disruptions, Continental gets a bump both in revenue and in
 its reputation for reliability."
     Bethune, who ranked 33rd on this year's list, joined Continental Airlines
 in February 1994 as president and chief operating officer.  He was named chief
 executive officer in November 1994 and chairman of the board in September
 1996.
     Worth is an upscale, monthly personal finance and business magazine for
 people who are passionate about business, investing and financial well-being.
 It reaches one million loyal readers with a median net worth of more than
 $1 million.  Edited by John Koten and started in 1992, Worth is the flagship
 publication of Worth Media.
     Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering
 more than 2,200 departures daily to 133 domestic and 92 international
 destinations.  Operating hubs in Newark, Houston, Cleveland and Guam,
 Continental (www.continental.com) serves more international cities than any
 other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas,
 Europe and Asia.
     Continental was named the 2001 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World,
 as well as the 1996 Airline of the Year, making it the only carrier to receive
 this honor twice in five years.  Continental is in the top quarter of Fortune
 magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and is ranked the
 nation's No. 1 airline in customer satisfaction for long and short-haul
 flights by Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power and Associates.  Continental
 has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin (Conde Nast
 Traveler, OAG, Entrepreneur and SmartMoney magazines), OnePass frequent flyer
 program (InsideFlyer's Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management
 (Fortune magazine).
 
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