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Continental Starts Codesharing With Maersk Air

[image1_left] Continental Airlines and Maersk
Air of Denmark began codesharing June 5 on flights between the Danish
cities of Copenhagen and Billund and London/Gatwick and between Billund
and Amsterdam, enabling quicker and easier connections to and from Denmark
for Continental customers. A marketing agreement between the two airlines
also provides benefits for members of Continental’s frequent flyer
program, OnePass. Continental has placed its code (CO*) on Maersk Air’s flights between both
Copenhagen and Billund and London/Gatwick and on its flights between
Billund and Amsterdam, which connect with Continental’s flights between
London/Gatwick and Amsterdam and the airline’s hubs at New York/Newark,
Houston and Cleveland.

Continental customers need to check in only once for these flights,
receiving seat assignments and boarding passes through to their final
destinations, as well as seamless luggage transfers.

OnePass members can earn and redeem miles on Continental codeshare flights
operated by Maersk Air.

“Continental already has an extensive European route network, but this
alliance enhances it further by giving our customers better access to
Denmark,” said David Grizzle, Continental’s senior vice
president-marketing strategy and corporate development. “We look forward
to a successful cooperation with Maersk.”

Maersk Air, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, is Denmark’s leading
privately-owned airline and is engaged in international scheduled
services, charter flights, leasing of aircraft and freight agency
activities. The airline commenced operation in 1970 and today has some 40
aircraft and employs 1,200 dedicated staff. Under the new “fly as you
like” concept with flexibility on all tickets, free choice of legroom and
one-way low fares, Maersk Air offers 27 European routes out of Copenhagen
and 11 out of Billund Airport.


Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth largest airline with more than
2,800 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Continental serves 149 domestic and 117 international destinations—more
than any other airline in the world—and nearly 200 additional points
are served via codeshare partner airlines. With 41,000 mainline employees,
the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and
carries approximately 51 million passengers per year. Continental is OAG
Airline of the Year 2004, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide.
FORTUNE ranks Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in
America, an honor it has earned for six consecutive years. FORTUNE also
ranks Continental as the top airline in its Most Admired Global Companies
in 2004. For more company information, visit

In Europe and the Middle East, Continental serves 17 cities in 11
countries, operating up to 168 departures weekly to its U.S. gateway hubs
at New York/Newark, Houston and Cleveland, with onward connections to
cities throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Continental’s alliance carriers in Europe and the Middle East include Air
Europa, Emirates, Flybe. (British European), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and
Virgin Atlantic Airways.

This month, Continental will launch non-stop service to New York/Newark
from both Edinburgh, Scotland and Oslo, Norway.