Continental Launches Daily Non-Stop Flights From New York/Newark To London/Stansted

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Continental Airlines

    NEWARK, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE:   CAL)
 tomorrow, May 1, will begin flying to London's Stansted Airport on the
 airline's 18th trans-Atlantic route.
     Flight 38 from Newark to Stansted offers Boeing 757 service, with
 16 BusinessFirst seats and 156 in coach, to the only major airport in the U.K.
 previously without direct service from the United States.
     "Stansted was an absolute natural for us.  It's a logical expansion of our
 tremendously successful service to London, as well as the rest of the U.K. and
 Europe," said Barry Simon, Sr. Vice President - International.
     Stansted Airport, 34 miles northeast of central London and less than
 45 minutes by train from Liverpool Street station in the heart of the City, is
 convenient for travelers to and from central London, Canary Wharf and
 Docklands, as well as regional cities such as Cambridge, with its
 rapidly-growing computer and biotechnology industries.  In 2000, the airport
 served almost 12 million passengers, an increase of over 25 percent versus the
 previous year, making it one of Europe's fastest-growing airports.  Last year
 the airport began an expansion project that will increase its capacity to
 about 15 million passengers a year.  It is Britain's most modern international
 airport and has won numerous awards for its architecture and design.
     Continental's hub at Newark International Airport is just minutes from
 Wall Street and midtown Manhattan.  The airline carries more than 20 million
 passengers a year in and out of New York -- with more than 350 daily
 departures from Newark alone -- making Continental the region's most
 successful airline.
     The airline's on-going Global Gateway project at Newark, developed in
 conjunction with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is a massive,
 $1.2 billion expansion of terminal facilities, support facilities and access
 facilities -- including the first-ever rail service between the airport and
 New York City, to open in September.
     The Stansted service will connect at New York/Newark with an extensive
 network of service throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  Passengers
 from Europe can connect quickly and easily at Newark with Continental's 368
 daily flights to 175 destinations throughout the Americas, including
 123 served non-stop.
     With the addition of Stansted, Continental now operates flights to seven
 airports in the U.K. and Ireland -- more than any other airline.  Including
 its codeshare operations with Virgin Atlantic to Heathrow, Continental now
 offers service to all three major London airports.
     Flight 38 departs Newark at 7 p.m., arriving at Stansted at 7:20 a.m. the
 next day.  Flight 39 departs London/Stansted daily at 9:30 a.m., arriving at
 New York/Newark at 12:30 p.m. the same day.  Travel time is approximately
 7 hours and 20 minutes eastbound, and 8 hours westbound.  The distance is just
 over 3,000 nautical miles.
     The new flights feature Continental's award-winning BusinessFirst service,
 voted Best Long-Haul Executive/Business Class in the OAG Airline of the Year
 Awards 2001.  This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper
 seats with 55-inch pitch/140-cm pitch, adjustable winged headrests and
 personal video screens.  Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus
 and award-winning wines and champagnes.
     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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    NEWARK, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE:   CAL)
 tomorrow, May 1, will begin flying to London's Stansted Airport on the
 airline's 18th trans-Atlantic route.
     Flight 38 from Newark to Stansted offers Boeing 757 service, with
 16 BusinessFirst seats and 156 in coach, to the only major airport in the U.K.
 previously without direct service from the United States.
     "Stansted was an absolute natural for us.  It's a logical expansion of our
 tremendously successful service to London, as well as the rest of the U.K. and
 Europe," said Barry Simon, Sr. Vice President - International.
     Stansted Airport, 34 miles northeast of central London and less than
 45 minutes by train from Liverpool Street station in the heart of the City, is
 convenient for travelers to and from central London, Canary Wharf and
 Docklands, as well as regional cities such as Cambridge, with its
 rapidly-growing computer and biotechnology industries.  In 2000, the airport
 served almost 12 million passengers, an increase of over 25 percent versus the
 previous year, making it one of Europe's fastest-growing airports.  Last year
 the airport began an expansion project that will increase its capacity to
 about 15 million passengers a year.  It is Britain's most modern international
 airport and has won numerous awards for its architecture and design.
     Continental's hub at Newark International Airport is just minutes from
 Wall Street and midtown Manhattan.  The airline carries more than 20 million
 passengers a year in and out of New York -- with more than 350 daily
 departures from Newark alone -- making Continental the region's most
 successful airline.
     The airline's on-going Global Gateway project at Newark, developed in
 conjunction with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is a massive,
 $1.2 billion expansion of terminal facilities, support facilities and access
 facilities -- including the first-ever rail service between the airport and
 New York City, to open in September.
     The Stansted service will connect at New York/Newark with an extensive
 network of service throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  Passengers
 from Europe can connect quickly and easily at Newark with Continental's 368
 daily flights to 175 destinations throughout the Americas, including
 123 served non-stop.
     With the addition of Stansted, Continental now operates flights to seven
 airports in the U.K. and Ireland -- more than any other airline.  Including
 its codeshare operations with Virgin Atlantic to Heathrow, Continental now
 offers service to all three major London airports.
     Flight 38 departs Newark at 7 p.m., arriving at Stansted at 7:20 a.m. the
 next day.  Flight 39 departs London/Stansted daily at 9:30 a.m., arriving at
 New York/Newark at 12:30 p.m. the same day.  Travel time is approximately
 7 hours and 20 minutes eastbound, and 8 hours westbound.  The distance is just
 over 3,000 nautical miles.
     The new flights feature Continental's award-winning BusinessFirst service,
 voted Best Long-Haul Executive/Business Class in the OAG Airline of the Year
 Awards 2001.  This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper
 seats with 55-inch pitch/140-cm pitch, adjustable winged headrests and
 personal video screens.  Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus
 and award-winning wines and champagnes.
     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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