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Continental Airlines Reports May 2007 Operational Performance

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04.06.2007 [09:29] Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) reported a May consolidated (mainline plus regional) load factor of 81.5 percent, 0.5 points above the May 2006 consolidated load factor, and a mainline load factor of 81.7 percent, 0.7 points above the May 2006 mainline load factor.

HOUSTON -- The carrier reported a domestic mainline load factor of 84.4 percent, 0.5 points above May 2006, and an international mainline load factor of 78.7 percent, 0.8 points above May 2006. All four were records for May.

During the month, Continental recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation on-time arrival rate of 75.2 percent and a mainline completion factor of 99.8 percent.

In May 2007, Continental flew 8.1 billion consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and approximately 10 billion consolidated available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a traffic increase of 6.4 percent and a capacity increase of 5.8 percent as compared to May 2006. In May 2007, Continental flew 7.3 billion mainline RPMs and 8.9 billion mainline ASMs, resulting in a mainline traffic increase of 8.2 percent and a 7.2 percent increase in mainline capacity as compared to May 2006. Domestic mainline traffic was 3.9 billion RPMs in May 2007, up 8.9 percent from May 2006, and domestic mainline capacity was 4.7 billion ASMs, up 8.2 percent from May 2006.

For May 2007, consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) is estimated to have decreased between 0.5 and 1.5 percent compared to May 2006, while mainline passenger RASM is estimated to have increased between 0.0 and 1.0 percent compared to May 2006. For April 2007, consolidated passenger RASM decreased 0.7 percent compared to April 2006, while mainline passenger RASM increased 0.6 percent from April 2006.

May 2007 sales at continental.com increased 20 percent over May 2006.

Continental's regional operations had a May load factor of 79.8 percent, 1.3 points below the May 2006 load factor. Regional RPMs were 853.7 million and regional ASMs were 1,069.2 million in May 2007, resulting in a traffic decrease of 6.5 percent and a capacity decrease of 5.0 percent versus May 2006.

Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144 domestic and 138 international destinations. More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 44,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 67 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.

In 2006, Continental Airlines won its sixth J.D. Power and Associates award since 1996. The carrier received the highest rank in customer satisfaction among network carriers in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Airline Satisfaction Index Survey(SM). For the fourth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline on its 2007 list of Most Admired Global Companies. Continental was also named the No. 1 airline on the publication's 2007 America's Most Admired airline industry list. Additionally, Continental again won major awards at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Best Airline Based in North America" for the fourth year in a row, and "Best Executive/Business Class" for the fifth consecutive year. For more company information, visit continental.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect the company's current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. For examples of such risks and uncertainties, please see the risk factors set forth in the company's 2006 10-K and its other securities filings, including any amendments thereto, which identify important matters such as the consequences of the company's significant financial losses and high leverage, the significant cost of aircraft fuel, its high labor and pension costs, service interruptions at one of its hub airports, disruptions in its computer systems, and industry conditions, including the airline pricing environment, industry capacity decisions, industry consolidation, terrorist attacks, regulatory matters, excessive taxation, the availability and cost of insurance, public health threats and the seasonal nature of the airline business. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law.

                         PRELIMINARY TRAFFIC RESULTS

    MAY                                 2007           2006       Change
    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)
    Domestic                         3,949,056      3,627,338    8.9  Percent

    International                    3,334,158      3,106,479    7.3  Percent
    Transatlantic                    1,818,524      1,609,557   13.0  Percent
    Latin America                      872,869        855,046    2.1  Percent
    Pacific                            642,765        641,876    0.1  Percent

    Mainline                         7,283,214      6,733,817    8.2  Percent
    Regional                           853,715        913,115   -6.5  Percent
    Consolidated                     8,136,929      7,646,932    6.4  Percent
    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)
    Domestic                         4,678,730      4,325,820    8.2  Percent

    International                    4,233,886      3,986,149    6.2  Percent
    Transatlantic                    2,290,567      2,039,911   12.3  Percent
    Latin America                    1,107,237      1,111,132   -0.4  Percent
    Pacific                            836,082        835,106    0.1  Percent

    Mainline                         8,912,616      8,311,969    7.2  Percent
    Regional                         1,069,223      1,125,880   -5.0  Percent
    Consolidated                     9,981,839      9,437,849    5.8  Percent
    PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR
    Domestic                      84.4 Percent   83.9 Percent    0.5  Points

    International                 78.7 Percent   77.9 Percent    0.8  Points
    Transatlantic                 79.4 Percent   78.9 Percent    0.5  Points
    Latin America                 78.8 Percent   77.0 Percent    1.8  Points
    Pacific                       76.9 Percent   76.9 Percent    0.0  Points

    Mainline                      81.7 Percent   81.0 Percent    0.7  Points
    Regional                      79.8 Percent   81.1 Percent   -1.3  Points
    Consolidated                  81.5 Percent   81.0 Percent    0.5  Points
    ONBOARD PASSENGERS
    Mainline                         4,435,191      4,165,132    6.5  Percent
    Regional                         1,587,008      1,634,883   -2.9  Percent
    Consolidated                     6,022,199      5,800,015    3.8  Percent
    CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)
    Total                               83,551         87,084   -4.1  Percent



                         PRELIMINARY TRAFFIC RESULTS
    YEAR-TO-DATE                       2007          2006          Change
    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)
    Domestic                        18,158,369    17,226,060     5.4  Percent

    International                   15,220,990    14,150,287     7.6  Percent
    Transatlantic                    7,373,902     6,578,783    12.1  Percent
    Latin America                    4,760,206     4,538,643     4.9  Percent
    Pacific                          3,086,882     3,032,861     1.8  Percent

    Mainline                        33,379,359    31,376,347     6.4  Percent
    Regional                         4,059,939     4,101,037    -1.0  Percent
    Consolidated                    37,439,298    35,477,384     5.5  Percent
    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)
    Domestic                        21,964,625    20,861,004     5.3  Percent

    International                   19,541,558    18,479,583     5.7  Percent
    Transatlantic                    9,542,412     8,630,985    10.6  Percent
    Latin America                    5,953,714     5,810,280     2.5  Percent
    Pacific                          4,045,432     4,038,318     0.2  Percent

    Mainline                        41,506,183    39,340,587     5.5  Percent
    Regional                         5,266,129     5,299,826    -0.6  Percent
    Consolidated                    46,772,312    44,640,413     4.8  Percent
    PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR
    Domestic                      82.7 Percent  82.6 Percent     0.1  Points

    International                 77.9 Percent  76.6 Percent     1.3  Points
    Transatlantic                 77.3 Percent  76.2 Percent     1.1  Points
    Latin America                 80.0 Percent  78.1 Percent     1.9  Points
    Pacific                       76.3 Percent  75.1 Percent     1.2  Points

    Mainline                      80.4 Percent  79.8 Percent     0.6  Points
    Regional                      77.1 Percent  77.4 Percent    -0.3  Points
    Consolidated                  80.0 Percent  79.5 Percent     0.5  Points
    ONBOARD PASSENGERS
    Mainline                        20,747,876    19,840,983     4.6  Percent
    Regional                         7,358,884     7,275,399     1.1  Percent
    Consolidated                    28,106,760    27,116,382     3.7  Percent
    CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)
    Total                              424,069       439,822    -3.6  Percent



                PRELIMINARY OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS
    MAY                                   2007         2006         Change
    On-Time Performance (1)               75.2%        74.1%     1.1  Points
    Completion Factor (2)                 99.8%        99.9%    (0.1) Points
    April 2007 year-over-year consolidated RASM change          (0.7) Percent
    April 2007 year-over-year mainline RASM change               0.6  Percent
    May 2007 estimated year-over-year consolidated
     RASM change                                          (1.5)-(0.5) Percent
    May 2007 estimated year-over-year mainline
     RASM change                                           0.0 - 1.0  Percent
    May 2007 estimated average price per gallon of fuel,
     including fuel taxes                                       2.12  Dollars
    Second Quarter 2007 estimated average price per gallon
     of fuel, including fuel taxes                              2.08  Dollars

    (1) Department of Transportation Arrivals within 14 minutes
    (2) Mainline Mileage Completion Percentage
SOURCE  Continental Airlines


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