Continental Airlines Named No. 2 Most Admired Airline By FORTUNE Magazine

Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A) was named the No. 2 Most Admired U.S. Airline by FORTUNE magazine in its “America’s Most Admired Companies” list, published in the Feb. 21, 2000, issue. Continental moved up one position from its No. 3 ranking last year.

The 10 largest U.S. airlines were evaluated on eight criteria: innovativeness, quality of management, employee talent, financial soundness, use of corporate assets, long-term investment value, social responsibility and quality of products/services.

“We’ve come from almost dead last a few years ago to a very close second place finish for top honors,” said Gordon Bethune, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Airlines. “Continental employees should be proud because their hard work earned this recognition.”

In October 1999, FORTUNE recognized Continental in its “World’s Most Admired Companies” list as the best international carrier, ranking Continental No. 2 overall. The magazine ranked 16 airlines in the world, placing Southwest Airlines No. 1.

Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,200 departures daily to 136 domestic and 87 international destinations. Operating major hubs in Newark, Houston and Cleveland, Continental ( has extensive service throughout the Americas, and to Europe and Asia.


Continental is in the top quarter of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” and has won first or second place Frequent Flyer Magazine and J.D. Power awards for four consecutive years. Continental has received numerous awards for its BusinessFirst premium cabin (Condé Nast Traveler, OAG, Entrepreneur and Smart Money magazines), OnePass frequent flyer program (InsideFlyer’s Freddie Awards) and overall operations and management (Air Transport World’s 1997 Airline of the Year).