Continental Airlines Announces 2009 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results


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Continental Airlines Announces 2009 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results

Continental Airlines Announces 2009 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results



Weak economic environment continued to impact results

HOUSTON – Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced a 2009 full-year net loss of $282 million ($2.18 diluted loss per share). Excluding $145 million of previously announced special charges, and a $158 million non-cash income tax benefit, Continental recorded a net loss of $295 million ($2.28 diluted loss per share) for the year.

For the fourth quarter of 2009, Continental reported a fourth quarter net income of $85 million ($0.60 diluted earnings per share). Excluding $77 million of previously announced special charges, and a $158 million non-cash income tax benefit, Continental recorded a fourth quarter net income of $4 million ($0.03 diluted earnings per share).

Full-year 2009 and fourth-quarter results continued to be adversely affected by declines in high yield traffic due to the global recession.

„My co-workers have done a superb job working through enormous challenges in 2009, while providing the best customer service and product in the business,“ said Jeff Smisek, Continental’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. „While we are seeing some business traffic increasing, we likely have a long and slow road to recovery. We remain focused on achieving and maintaining profitability.“

Fourth Quarter Revenue and Capacity

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $3.2 billion, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Passenger revenue for the fourth quarter fell 9.5 percent ($296 million) compared to the same period in 2008 due to lower yields.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the fourth quarter of 2009 increased 3.5 percent on a capacity (available seat mile, ASM) decrease of 0.6 percent year-over-year.

Consolidated load factor was a fourth quarter record 82.0 percent, 3.3 points higher than the fourth quarter of 2008. Consolidated yield for the quarter decreased 12.6 percent year-over-year. As a result, fourth quarter 2009 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased 9.0 percent year-over-year.

Mainline RPMs in the fourth quarter of 2009 increased 3.7 percent on a mainline capacity decrease of 0.5 percent year-over-year.

Mainline load factor of 82.6 percent was also a fourth quarter record, up 3.3 points year-over-year. Continental’s mainline yield decreased 13.6 percent in the fourth quarter over the same period in 2008. As a result, fourth quarter 2009 mainline RASM was down 9.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.

Passenger revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics by geographic region for the company’s mainline operations and regional operations are as follows:


Percentage Increase (Decrease) in
Passenger Fourth Quarter 2009 vs. Fourth Quarter 2008
Revenue -------------------------------------------
(in millions)
-------------
Passenger
Revenue ASMs
------- ----

Domestic $1,166 (9.8)% 0.4 %
Trans-Atlantic 548 (16.3)% (11.0)%
Latin America 357 (8.1)% 5.5 %
Pacific 234 (1.2)% 16.1 %
Total Mainline $2,305 (10.4)% (0.5)%

Regional $502 (5.4)% (1.4)%

Consolidated $2,807 (9.5)% (0.6)%



Percentage Increase (Decrease) in
Fourth Quarter 2009 vs. Fourth Quarter 2008
-------------------------------------------

RASM Yield
---- -----

Domestic (10.2)% (12.3)%
Trans-Atlantic (6.0)% (14.8)%
Latin America (12.9)% (14.6)%
Pacific (14.9)% (16.5)%
Total Mainline (9.9)% (13.6)%

Regional (4.0)% (7.5)%

Consolidated (9.0)% (12.6)%


Cargo revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 decreased 6.1 percent ($7 million) compared to the same period in 2008, principally due to lower year-over-year fuel surcharges. Other revenue during the fourth quarter of 2009 was $14 million higher than the prior year due primarily to higher bag fee revenue.

Fourth Quarter Operations

Continental’s employees earned a total of $3 million in cash incentives for on-time performance during the quarter. The company recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on-time arrival rate of 77.2 percent and a systemwide mainline segment completion factor of 99.4 percent during the quarter.

Global Reach with Star Alliance

Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance in the fourth quarter of 2009, providing significantly improved benefits to customers including access to the world’s largest airline network and reciprocal frequent flier and airport lounge benefits with Star Alliance’s 25 other member airlines around the world.

„Thanks to the focus and hard work of my co-workers, we successfully transitioned to Star Alliance,“ said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. „Our hubs are a perfect fit for Star Alliance and our customers now enjoy a network second to none.“

To enhance connectivity with Star Alliance member carriers, Continental launched nonstop service between Houston and Frankfurt, Germany on Nov. 1, 2009 and announced that it will launch daily nonstop service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Munich beginning March 27, 2010. Also in connection with joining Star Alliance, the company began service to several new destinations during the quarter, including nonstop service between Houston and Edmonton, Canada, and daily nonstop service from Houston and Cleveland to Washington Dulles International Airport. In addition, Continental began new service from Guam and Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji on Dec. 18, 2009.

To facilitate easy connections between Continental’s flights and those of other Star Alliance airlines, Continental successfully relocated its operations at several key airports, including Chicago, Frankfurt, Narita, Honolulu and Beijing.

Continental, United and All Nippon Airways (ANA) filed an application with the DOT for antitrust immunity to enable the three carriers to create a more efficient and comprehensive trans-Pacific network, generating substantial service and pricing benefits for consumers. The trans-Pacific joint venture – the first of its kind between the U.S. and Asia – will also enable Continental, United and ANA to compete more effectively with other global alliances, each of which has a significant presence in Tokyo.

Notable Product Enhancements

Continental’s first aircraft with new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats took to the skies in the fourth quarter of 2009, with installation complete on three aircraft; two Boeing 777s and a 757-200. Flat-bed seats are being installed on Continental’s entire fleet of Boeing 777, 757-200, 767-200 and substantially all of its 767-400 aircraft, and on its Boeing 787 fleet as the aircraft are delivered to Continental.

Continental continued to install DIRECTV(R) on its aircraft during the quarter, with the new service now offered on 53 aircraft. DIRECTV(R) offers customers the choice of more than 100 channels of live television and previously recorded programming. The company has completed installation of DIRECTV(R) on its Boeing 737-900ER fleet and expects to complete installation of DIRECTV(R) on its entire fleet of Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft by the end of 2010.

Continental announced that this summer, it will begin installing Gogo Inflight Internet service on its fleet of 21 Boeing 757-300 aircraft.

Cashless cabin was introduced to Continental’s customers in the fourth quarter of 2009. Flight crews now accept credit and debit cards exclusively for on-board purchases (except duty-free) on Continental flights.

Continental was recognized many times for its product and services during the fourth quarter of 2009. The company was named the Best Large Domestic Airline for Premium Class and Best Value for the Money (International) among all airlines in Zagat’s 2009 Airline Survey. Continental won top honors in two categories in the 2009 OAG Airline Industry Awards, „Best Executive/Business Class“ and „Best Airline Based in North America“ and Continental outranked its U.S. network competitors to take top honors in Business Travel News‘ Annual Airline Survey for the second consecutive year.

Fourth Quarter Costs

Due primarily to significantly lower jet fuel costs, Continental’s mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 8.6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year. The average mainline price of a gallon of fuel dropped 31.7 percent year-over-year and mainline fuel consumption fell by 1.5 percent. Holding fuel rate constant and excluding special charges, fourth quarter 2009 mainline CASM increased 1.4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, on a mainline ASM decline of 0.5 percent.

„Our entire team has done an excellent job holding the line on costs and working more efficiently,“ said Zane Rowe, Continental’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. „As you see with our new aircraft, flat-bed seats, DIRECTV(R) and audio video on demand, we will continue to invest in our product where it makes sense.“

Fuel expense for the quarter declined $388 million (32.4 percent) compared to the same period in 2008 as a result of a decrease in fuel prices and lower volumes.

Fleet Changes Continue to Improve Efficiency

Continental continued to improve fuel efficiency during the quarter by retiring older aircraft and adding modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to its fleet. During the quarter, the company took delivery of one new Boeing 737-900ER and three leased Boeing 757-300 aircraft. In addition, Continental removed from service four older Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Continental’s young, fuel-efficient fleet continues to provide a natural hedge against the cost of jet fuel.

Continental continued to install winglets on its fleet of Boeing 757-300 aircraft. All of the company’s 737-500s, 700s, 800s, 900s and 757-200s have winglets. The company expects to complete installation of winglets on its entire narrowbody fleet by the end of the second quarter of 2010.

Continental is scheduled to take delivery of 12 Boeing 737 aircraft and two Boeing 777 aircraft in 2010, and expects to take delivery of one leased Boeing 757-300 aircraft in the first quarter of 2010. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, the company expects to remove from service its last three Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Cash and Liquidity

Continental ended the fourth quarter with $2.86 billion in unrestricted cash and short-term investments.

During the fourth quarter, Continental completed the sale of $644 million of enhanced equipment trust certificates to be secured by a total of 19 owned aircraft. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the certificates will be used to finance the company’s purchase of nine new Boeing 737-800 and two Boeing 777 aircraft and the remainder of the proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The funds are expected to be received in the first half of 2010.

Also in the fourth quarter, the company issued $230 million of 4.5% convertible debt. The notes mature on Jan. 15, 2015, and are convertible into Continental’s common stock at an initial conversion price of approximately $19.87 per share.

2009 in Review

During 2009, Continental took a number of steps to strengthen its cash balance and competitive position, and continued to distinguish itself from competitors. Continental:

 

  • Raised approximately $1.7 billion through the issuance of enhanced equipment trust certificates, other new secured borrowings, convertible debt and common stock.
  • Inaugurated daily nonstop service between New York and Shanghai, linking the world’s leading financial center and top business and tourism destination with China’s center for finance and trade. In addition, Continental began daily nonstop service between its Houston hub and Frankfurt and between Houston and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Took delivery of 13 Boeing 737-900ER and three leased Boeing 757-300 aircraft. In addition, the company removed from service 20 Boeing 737-300 aircraft and eight Boeing 737-500 aircraft.
  • Delivered solid operational performance, operating 101 days without a single mainline flight cancellation. The company recorded a DOT mainline segment completion factor of 99.5 percent and a systemwide on-time arrival rate of 78.8 percent for the year.
  • Rated as the top airline on FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Airline on its 2009 list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Became the first commercial carrier to successfully demonstrate the use of sustainable biofuel to power an aircraft in North America.
  • Paid employees $25 million ($595 per employee) in cash incentive payments for monthly on-time performance.
  • Contributed $176 million to its defined benefit pension plans. In addition, the company contributed $34 million to its defined benefit pension plans in January 2010. Since the beginning of 2002, Continental has contributed approximately $1.8 billion to its defined benefit pension plans.
  • Provided scholarships to 210 employees and dependents through the Continental Scholarship Fund, which is the largest number of awards ever made by the fund. Since 2002, the scholarship fund has assisted 1,235 employees or their dependents. Scholarship funds are donated by employees and raised by the Continental Management Association.
  • Donated nearly $1 million through Continental’s WE CARE Employee Fund, which assisted 437 employees in times of need.

Corporate Background

Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,500 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 133 domestic and 135 international destinations. Continental is a member of Star Alliance, which overall offers 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 airports in 175 countries through its 26 member airlines. With more than 41,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.

Continental Airlines will conduct a regular quarterly telephone briefing today to discuss these results and the company’s financial and operating outlook with the financial community and news media at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET. To listen to a live broadcast of this briefing, go to continental.com/About Continental /Investor Relations.

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 2008 Form 10-K and its other securities filings, including any amendments thereto, which identify important matters such as the significant volatility in the cost of aircraft fuel, the company’s transition to a new global alliance, the consequences of its high leverage and other significant capital commitments, its high labor and pension costs, delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries, service interruptions at one of its hub airports, disruptions to the operations of its regional operators, disruptions in its computer systems, and industry conditions, including the recession in the U.S. and global economies, the airline pricing environment, terrorist attacks, regulatory matters, excessive taxation, industry consolidation, 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.

                                 CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(A)
(In millions, except per share data) (Unaudited)

Three Months %
Ended December 31, Increase
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Operating Revenue:
Passenger (excluding fees and taxes
of $355, $345, $1,476 and $1,531) $2,807 $3,103 (9.5)%
Cargo 107 114 (6.1)%
Other 268 254 5.5%
--- ---
3,182 3,471 (8.3)%
----- -----

Operating Expenses:
Aircraft fuel and related taxes(B) 809 1,197 (32.4)%
Wages, salaries and related costs 779 760 2.5 %
Aircraft rentals 229 240 (4.6)%
Regional capacity purchase, net(B) 206 221 (6.8)%
Landing fees and other rentals 194 210 (7.6)%
Distribution costs 157 159 (1.3)%
Maintenance, materials and repairs 144 135 6.7%
Depreciation and amortization 141 111 27.0%
Passenger services 91 91 -
Special charges(C) 77 40 NM
Other 354 332 6.6 %
--- ---
3,181 3,496 (9.0)%
----- -----

Operating Income(Loss) 1 (25) NM
--- ---

Nonoperating Income(Expense):
Interest expense (93) (97) (4.1)%
Interest capitalized 8 8 -
Interest income 2 8 (75.0)%
Other, net 10 (161) NM
--- ----
(73) (242) (69.8)%
--- ----

Loss before Income Taxes (72) (267) (73.0)%
Income Tax Benefit(Expense)(D) 157 (2) NM
--- ---

Net Income(Loss) $85 $(269) NM
=== =====

Earnings(Loss)per Share:
Basic $0.61 $(2.35) NM
===== ======
Diluted $0.60 $(2.35) NM
===== ======

Sharesused for Computation:
Basic 138 114 21.1%
Diluted 142 114 24.6%



Year Ended %
December 31, Increase
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Operating Revenue:
Passenger (excluding fees and taxes
of $355, $345, $1,476 and $1,531) $11,138 $13,737 (18.9)%
Cargo 366 497 (26.4)%
Other 1,082 1,007 7.4%
----- -----
12,586 15,241 (17.4)%
------ ------

Operating Expenses:
Aircraft fuel and related taxes(B) 3,317 5,919 (44.0)%
Wages, salaries and related costs 3,137 2,957 6.1 %
Aircraft rentals 934 976 (4.3)%
Regional capacity purchase, net(B) 848 1,059 (19.9)%
Landing fees and other rentals 841 853 (1.4)%
Distribution costs 624 717 (13.0)%
Maintenance, materials and repairs 617 612 0.8%
Depreciation and amortization 494 438 12.8 %
Passenger services 373 406 (8.1)%
Special charges(C) 145 181 NM
Other 1,402 1,437 (2.4)%
----- -----
12,732 15,555 (18.1)%
------ ------

Operating Income(Loss) (146) (314) (53.5)%
---- ----

Nonoperating Income(Expense):
Interest expense (367) (376) (2.4)%
Interest capitalized 33 33 -
Interest income 12 65 (81.5)%
Other, net 29 (103) NM
--- ----
(293) (381) (23.1)%
---- ----

Loss before Income Taxes (439) (695) (36.8)%
Income Tax Benefit(Expense)(D) 157 109 44.0%
--- ---

Net Income(Loss) $(282) $(586) (51.9)%
===== =====

Earnings(Loss)per Share:
Basic $(2.18) $(5.54) (60.6)%
====== ======
Diluted $(2.18) $(5.54) (60.6)%
====== ======

Sharesused for Computation:
Basic 129 106 21.7 %
Diluted 129 106 21.7 %




(A) On January 1, 2009, Continental adopted the Cash Conversion
Subsections of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Accounting
Standards Codification Subtopic 470-20, "Debt with Conversion and
Other Options - Cash Conversion," which clarify the accounting for
convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (including
partial cash settlement) upon conversion. The financial statements
for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008, have been (A)
adjusted to reflect the company's adoption of this standard.

(B) Expense related to fuel and related taxes on flights operated for us
by other operators under capacity purchase agreements is now included
in aircraft fuel and related taxes, whereas it was previously
reported in regional capacity purchase, net. Reclassifications have
been made in these financial statements to conform to the company's
current presentation. These reclassifications do not affect
operating loss or net loss for any period.

(C) Operating Expenses: Special Charges. Includes the following (in
millions):

Three Months Year Ended
Ended December 31, December 31,
2009 2008 2009 2008
---- ---- ---- ----

Aircraft-related charges $36 $(5) $89 $40
Pension settlement charges 29 44 29 52
Severance - 1 5 34
Route impairment and other 12 - 22 55
--- --- --- ---
Special charges $77 $40 $145 $181
=== === ==== ====

(D) Income taxes. The company recorded a $158 million non-cash income tax
benefit from continuing operations during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Under current accounting rules, the company is required to consider
all items (including items recorded in other comprehensive income) in
determining the amount of tax benefit that results from a loss from
continuing operations and that should be allocated to continuing
operations. As a result, the Company will record a tax benefit on
the loss from continuing operations for the year, which will be
exactly offset by income tax expense on other comprehensive income.
However, while the income tax benefit from continuing operations is
reported on the income statement, the income tax expense on other
comprehensive income is recorded directly to other comprehensive
income, which is a component of stockholders' equity. Because the
income tax expense on other comprehensive income is equal to the
income tax benefit from continuing operations, the company's year-
end net deferred tax position is not impacted by this tax allocation.
The company also recorded $1 million of tax expense related to state
and foreign tax expense.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATISTICS


Three Months %
Ended December 31, Increase
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Mainline Operations:
Passengers (thousands) 10,954 10,968 (0.1)%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 19,235 18,548 3.7%
Available seat miles (millions) 23,288 23,402 (0.5)%
Cargo ton miles (millions) 284 236 20.3%

Passenger load factor:
Mainline 82.6% 79.3% 3.3 pts.
Domestic 84.6% 82.6% 2.0 pts.
International 80.5% 75.8% 4.7 pts.

Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 9.90 10.99 (9.9)%
Total revenue per available seat mile
(cents) 11.44 12.51 (8.6)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 11.98 13.87 (13.6)%
Average fare per revenue passenger $212.04 $236.87 (10.5)%

Cost per available seat mile (CASM)
(cents) (A) 11.22 12.27 (8.6)%
Special charges per available seat
mile (cents) 0.28 0.17 NM
CASM, holding fuel rate constant and
excluding special charges (cents) 12.27 12.10 1.4%

Average price per gallon of fuel,
including fuel taxes $2.00 $2.93 (31.7)%
Fuel gallons consumed (millions) 334 339 (1.5)%

Aircraft in fleet at end of period
(B) 337 350 (3.7)%
Average length of aircraft flight
(miles) 1,552 1,489 4.2%
Average daily utilization of each
aircraft (hours) 10:12 10:14 (0.5)%

Regional Operations:
Passengers (thousands) 4,304 4,215 2.1%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 2,327 2,277 2.2%
Available seat miles (millions) 3,002 3,046 (1.4)%
Passenger load factor 77.5% 74.7% 2.8 pts.
Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 16.74 17.44 (4.0)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 21.59 23.33 (7.5)%
Aircraft in fleet at end of period
(C) 264 282 (6.4)%

Consolidated Operations (Mainline and
Regional):
Passengers (thousands) 15,258 15,183 0.5%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 21,562 20,825 3.5%
Available seat miles (millions) 26,290 26,448 (0.6)%
Passenger load factor 82.0% 78.7% 3.3 pts.
Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 10.68 11.73 (9.0)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 13.02 14.90 (12.6)%
Average price per gallon of fuel
including fuel taxes $2.00 $2.91 (31.3)%
Fuel gallons consumed (millions) 405 411 (1.5)%



Year Ended %
December 31, Increase
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Mainline Operations:
Passengers (thousands) 45,573 48,682 (6.4)%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 79,824 82,806 (3.6)%
Available seat miles (millions) 97,407 102,527 (5.0)%
Cargo ton miles (millions) 948 1,005 (5.7)%

Passenger load factor:
Mainline 81.9% 80.8% 1.1 pts.
Domestic 84.8% 83.3% 1.5 pts.
International 79.2% 78.2% 1.0 pts.

Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 9.49 11.10 (14.5)%
Total re venue per available seat mile
(cents) 10.92 12.51 (12.7)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 11.58 13.75 (15.8)%
Average fare per revenue passenger $204.89 $236.26 (13.3)%

Cost per available seat mile (CASM)
(cents) (A) 10.75 12.44 (13.6)%
Special charges per available seat
mile (cents) 0.13 0.15 NM
CASM, holding fuel rate constant and
excluding special charges (cents) 12.48 12.29 1.5%

Average price per gallon of fuel,
including fuel taxes $1.98 $3.27 (39.4)%
Fuel gallons consumed (millions) 1,395 1,498 (6.9)%

Aircraft in fleet at end of period
(B) 337 350 (3.7)%
Average length of aircraft flight
(miles) 1,550 1,494 3.7 %
Average daily utilization of each
aircraft (hours) 10:37 11:06 (4.4)%

Regional Operations:
Passengers (thousands) 17,236 18,010 (4.3)%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 9,312 9,880 (5.7)%
Available seat miles (millions) 12,147 12,984 (6.4)%
Passenger load factor 76.7% 76.1% 0.6 pts.
Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 15.59 18.14 (14.1)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 20.34 23.83 (14.6)%
Aircraft in fleet at end of period
(C) 264 282 (6.4)%

Consolidated Operations (Mainline and
Regional):
Passengers (thousands) 62,809 66,692 (5.8)%
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 89,136 92,686 (3.8)%
Available seat miles (millions) 109,554 115,511 (5.2)%
Passenger load factor 81.4% 80.2% 1.2 pts.
Passenger revenue per available seat
mile (cents) 10.17 11.89 (14.5)%
Average yield per revenue passenger
mile (cents) 12.50 14.82 (15.7)%
Average price per gallon of fuel
including fuel taxes $1.97 $3.27 (39.8)%
Fuel gallons consumed (millions) 1,681 1,809 (7.1)%




(A) Includes impact of special charges.

Excludes ten grounded Boeing 737-300 aircraft, seven grounded Boeing
737-500 aircraft and two leased Boeing 757-300 aircraft delivered but
(B) not yet placed in service at December 31, 2009.

Consists of aircraft operated under capacity purchase agreements with
Continental's regional carriers ExpressJet, Colgan, Chautauqua and
CommutAir. Excludes 25 EMB-135 that are temporarily grounded
aircraft and 32 ERJ-145 aircraft and five EMB-135 aircraft
subleased to other operators but are not operated on the company's
(C) behalf at December 31, 2009.




CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Net Income (Loss) (in
millions) Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2009 December 31, 2009
----------------- -----------------

Net income (loss) $85 $(282)

Special items:
Special charges (net of
tax of $0) 77 145
Income tax benefit (158) (158)
---- ----

Net income (loss),
excluding special items
(A) $4 $(295)
=== =====


Earnings (Loss) per Share Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2009 December 31, 2009
----------------- -----------------

Diluted earnings (loss) per
share $0.60 $(2.18)

Special items:
Special charges 0.54 1.12
Income tax benefit (1.11) (1.22)
----- -----

Diluted earnings (loss) per
share, excluding
special items (A) $0.03 $(2.28)
===== ======


CASM Mainline Operations
(cents) Three Months Ended %
December 31, Increase/
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Cost per available seat mile
(CASM) 11.22 12.27 (8.6)%

Less: Special charges (0.28) (0.17) NM
----- -----

CASM, excluding special
charges (A) 10.94 12.10 (9.6)%

Less: Current year fuel cost
per available seat mile (B) (2.86) - NM
Add: Current year fuel cost
at prior year fuel price per
available seat mile (B) 4.19 - NM
---- ---

CASM, holding fuel rate
constant and excluding
special charges (A) 12.27 12.10 1.4%
===== =====



CASM Mainline Operations (cents) Year Ended %
December 31, Increase/
2009 2008 (Decrease)
---- ---- ----------

Cost per available seat mile (CASM) 10.75 12.44 (13.6)%

Less: Special charges (0.13) (0.15) NM
----- -----

CASM, excluding special charges (A) 10.62 12.29 (13.6)%

Less: Current year fuel cost per
available seat mile (B) (2.83) - NM
Add: Current year fuel cost at
prior year fuel price per available
seat mile (B) 4.69 - NM
---- ---

CASM, holding fuel rate constant and
excluding special charges (A) 12.48 12.29 1.5%
===== =====



These financial measures provide management and investors the ability
to measure and monitor Continental's performance on a consistent
(A) basis.

Both the cost and availability of fuel are subject to many economic
(B) and political factors and are therefore beyond the company's control.



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