Continental Airlines And CommutAir Launch Continental Connection Service In Eastern U.S.

Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A) and CommutAir tomorrow begin codesharing on more than 280 daily flights to 22 destinations throughout the eastern United States. CommutAir previously operated as a US Airways Express commuter. Beginning Dec. 2, 2000, all CommutAir flights will operate as Continental Connection.

As a Continental Connection carrier, CommutAir will provide high frequency service from key business markets in the Northeast, including: Boston, Mass.; Hartford, Conn.; and White Plains, Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, N.Y., with a fleet of new Beech 1900D aircraft.

In addition, as Continental Connection, CommutAir will introduce new non-stop service between Philadelphia, Pa.; and Hartford, Conn.; and Richmond, Va., effective Jan. 5, 2001. This new service will offer customers a choice of at least four round-trip flights each day.

“This Continental Connection service further enhances Continental`s already strong presence in the Northeast,” said Greg Hart, managing director of Corporate Development for Continental Airlines. “Working together, CommutAir and Continental will be able to better serve customers throughout the Northeastern states with high frequency service to places they want to go, an extended route network and improved service benefits.”
For each CommutAir segment flown, members of Continental`s OnePass frequent flyer program will earn a minimum of 500 OnePass miles. As an added incentive, OnePass members will have the opportunity to earn double miles on flights operated by CommutAir through March 2, 2001. New OnePass members can earn an additional 1,500 miles after their first flight on CommutAir.

Continental Connection flights operated by CommutAir will serve the following cities beginning Dec. 2, 2000:


* Albany, N.Y. * Manchester, N.H.
* Binghamton, N.Y. * Plattsburgh, N.Y.
* Boston, Mass. * Portland, Maine
* Buffalo, N.Y. * Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
* Burlington, Vt. * Presque Isle, Maine
* Dulles, Washington, D.C. * Providence, R.I.
* Elmira, N.Y. * Rochester, N.Y.
* Hartford, Conn. * Saranac Lake, N.Y.
* Islip, N.Y. * Syracuse, N.Y.
* Ithaca, N.Y. * Utica, N.Y.
* LaGuardia, N.Y. * White Plains, N.Y.

Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,400 departures daily to 138 domestic and 92 international destinations. Operating hubs in Newark, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, Continental ( serves more international cities than any other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

CommutAir, based in Plattsburgh, N.Y., has served the Northeast as a regional airline since 1989. The company has over 400 employees and currently serves many of the cities planned for the alliance agreement. The airline, partially employee owned through an employee stock ownership plan, has been consistently profitable since 1989, with total revenues in 1999 exceeding $80 million.