Continental Airlines today
announced it was again rated the most admired airline among FORTUNE
magazine’s annual list of Most Admired Global Companies. The carrier also
ranked No. 1 in several key categories on FORTUNE’s America’s Most Admired
Companies airline industry list, including innovation, quality of
management, social responsibility and quality of products and services.
Overall, for the sixth consecutive year, Continental was the most admired
international airline on that list. In addition, the airline ranked No. 49
on FORTUNE’s Global Most Admired “Top 50” list, which ranks companies in a
wide variety of industries. Continental was the only U.S. passenger
carrier on the “Top 50” list. The Global Most Admired and America’s Most Admired rankings are published
in the magazine’s March 7, 2005 issue, and online at fortune.com.
“Being named the most admired global airline for the second consecutive
year is a huge honor and a tribute to the way our employees run a winning
operation every day, all around the world,” said Larry Kellner,
Continental’s chairman and CEO. “Even during these years of challenge and
change, we’ve continued to focus on the fundamentals of our business—
providing clean, safe and reliable air transportation—and have proven
ourselves and our product to be the best in the industry again and again.”
Corporate and airline executives, boards of directors and industry
analysts ranked the airlines based on eight criteria: innovativeness,
employee talent, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality
of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, and
quality of products and services.