Continental, Delta, Northwest Start Codeshare

HOUSTON/ATLANTA/ST. PAUL, MINN., June 23, 2003 - Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced the start of codeshare service for customers of the three airlines.

Delta and Northwest began placing their codes on each other’s flights from Memphis, Tenn., and Salt Lake City on June 21. Beginning July 2, Delta customers will be able to purchase seats under the Delta code on Northwest-operated flights from New York (Kennedy), San Francisco and Seattle/Tacoma to Narita airport in Tokyo.

Continental and Delta will begin placing their codes on each other’s flights from Cleveland, Salt Lake City and Atlanta beginning July 15. Northwest and Continental have had an extensive system wide codeshare arrangement in place since 1998.

Delta customers can purchase seats under the Delta code on Northwest and Northwest Airlink-operated flights from Memphis to Greenville, Miss.; Indianapolis; Lexington, Ky.; Monroe, La.; and Paducah, Ky. Northwest customers can purchase seats under the Northwest code on Delta-operated flights from Salt Lake City to Kalispell/Whitefish/Columbia Falls, Mont.; Great Falls, and Missoula, Mont.; Philadelphia; Pasco/Richland/Kennewick, Wash; and Seattle.

Beginning July 15, Continental customers can travel under the Continental code on Delta flights from Salt Lake City and Atlanta to cities such as Washington, DC (Dulles) and Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C. Delta customers can travel under the Delta code on Continental and Continental Express-operated flights from Cleveland to cities such as Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Albany, N.Y.; Richmond and Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Williamsburg, Va. The Continental and Delta codeshare will continue to expand to additional cities in the United States and other regions of the world as the alliance develops.


Last week, the three carriers announced that on July 15, frequent flyer members of the three airlines will be able to book and redeem miles for itineraries that include the combination of any Continental, Delta and Northwest-operated flights by using just one award to 374 destinations worldwide.

Continental, Delta and Northwest customers now enjoy join frequent flyer accrual and reciprocal access to each airlines’ airport lounges Ê- Continental’s Presidents Club, Delta’s Crown Room Club, and Northwest’s WorldClubs.

While Continental, Delta and Northwest continue to operate independently and compete vigorously with each other for customers, the alliance will enable each carrier to serve a greater number of customers and, will preserve service to small communities and those communities` access to broad route networks.

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